Center for Asian Studies

Da Hsuan Feng

Chair of the International Advisory Council, is currently the Honorary Dean of Hainan University Belt and Road Research Institute and the Chief Advisor of China Silk Road iValley Research Institute. He grew up in Singapore and received his physics PhD from the University of Minnesota (1972). He was the M Russell Wehr Chair Professor of Drexel University. He also served as the United States National Science Foundation Program Director in Theoretical Physics for two years. Since 2002, Feng has taken roles as the Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Senior Vice President of National Cheng Kung University, National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and Special Advisor to the Rector and Director of Global Strategies of Macau University.

Feng is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and honorary professor of fifteen Chinese universities which included Peking Union Medical College, Fudan University, Jilin University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Applied Physics. Feng was the 2009 Bian-Zhong laureate for individuals with outstanding contributions to Hubei Province (2009 年度湖北省编钟奖). He is also the 2017 recipient of the “The Light of Civilization, the 2017 Chinese Cultural Exchange Award 文明之光·2017 中国文化交流年度人物.”

Feng was an honorary Board of Trustee of Nanjing University, a member of the Board of Trustees of Shantou University (2006–2015) and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Universiti Teknologi Petronas of Malaysia and Binus University of Indonesia. Feng is also a frequent author or co-author of editorials of major newspaper in East Asia, in Chinese and English. This includes China’s China Daily, Global Times, UK’s Financial Times Chinese Edition, and South China Morning Post of HK, Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao of Singapore. He is the author of two books, Edu-Renaissance: Notes from a Globetrotting Higher Educator, and Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Version of “Marshall Plan”?, both published by Singapore’s World Scientific Publication Corporation.