On May 1, the academic leader of School of Finance, Professor Hou Wenxuan was elected Chairman of the Young Academy at the Spring General Assembly of the Young Academy of Scotland at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2016, Hou Wenxuan was elected Young Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh, and currently serves as Distinguished Professor and academic leader of the university, and the president of British-and-European-Educated Scholars Association of Economics and other positions.
Founded in 1783, the Royal Society of Edinburgh is one of the four national academic institutions representing the highest academic level in the UK. In 2011, the Institute established the Young Academy of Scotland and selected the emerging young academic leaders as young fellows. The Royal Society of Edinburgh has more than 1,600 outstanding academicians, including 67 honorary academicians, 66 corresponding academicians and 126 young academicians. Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, former president of Nankai University, Rao Zihe, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fu Bojie, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Gao Fu, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Teng Jinguang, professor of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and other famous Chinese scientists are foreign academicians of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor Hou Wenxuan obtained his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Manchester. He was an assistant professor and associate professor at Durham University in the UK. He was the first Chinese professor in the humanities field since 1583 when the University of Edinburgh was founded. He is the deputy editor of international academic journals such as Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Governance: An International Review, and International Small Business Journal, or editor-in-chief of China's special issue. He has published more than 40 papers in top international academic journals. Professor Hou Wenxuan has won the Best Teaching Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award for many times, and was invited to make reports on overseas high-level talents suggestions forum by Western Returned Scholars Association, Central Organization Department and United Front Department. He was also invited as one of the 36 overseas academic representatives to participate in the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Western Returned Scholars Association conference.