Oxford University’s welcome announcement of the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine trial brings to three – along with Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna – the number of promising vaccines for halting the pandemic. Doubtless more will follow. But even when production and distribution are underway, limited supply will be prioritised in protecting the population of our planet. Where do efficacy and equity meet?

OPGDI is proud to publish Professor Robert Walker’s response to this immediate urgent question, in his paper, “Who should receive the Covid-19 vaccine first?” This paper expands upon the dialogue of OPGDI’s inaugural “COVID-19 In-Conversation” event, an online seminar jointly hosted with Beijing Normal University on 23rd October 2020.

To join future “In-Conversations”, email pa_opgdc@regents.ox.ac.uk

Michaelmas Term 2020 Events Fridays 12.30-13.30 Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 “COVID-19 In-Conversations”

Week 2: What is a fair ethical model for global vaccine allocation? Professor Robert Walker (Beijing Normal University) in conversation with Professor Cécile Fabre (Oxford) Moderator: Dr Myra Blyth (Oxford)

Week 4: Blended Learning: new prospects of international higher education Dr Lynn Robson (Oxford) in conversation with Dr Sun Hua (Peking University) Moderator: Dr Shidong Wang (Oxford); now available on YouTube.

Week 6: Technology and ethical considerations in the pandemic Professor Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College) in conversation with Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo (Oxford) Moderator: Professor Wen Shuangge (Jilin University and Swansea); now available on YouTube.

Week 8: Cultural exchange inherited from times of uncertainty Professor Qi Xuemin (Tsinghua University) in conversation with Dr Mamti Sunuodula (Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University) Moderators: Dr Myra Blyth (Oxford); now available on YouTube.

Past Events


November 16, Student Mental Health and Counselling Workshop

Mental Health service leaders and practitioners from universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Tsinghua, Jilin, Sun Yat-sen addressing support for students and staff in the COVID-19 context

October 25, Looking China 10 Years Anniversary Conference

OPGDI’s Director, Dr Shidong Wang, appeared (remotely) as a featured guest speaker at the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture’s celebratory conference

October 1-7, Visiting Students Programme, Academic Year 2020/21

University students from China commenced their year’s study at Regent’s Park College (in-person or remotely)

July 20-August 21, Oxford Prospects (Summer) Programmes

Online lectures and seminars in interdisciplinary subject modules, and interactive workshops introducing Chinese undergraduates to overseas academic study.


October 28-November 1, Technology, Society and Ethics

Jilin University academics attended course of lectures and seminars on emerging technology and ethical values, human wellbeing and economic, social and political impacts. Publication of papers forthcoming.

September 23-24, Modernisation of Education and Social Governance Symposium

In collaboration with the China Academy of Social Management of Beijing Normal University, over 70 academics and policy makers addressed ageing population demography, alleviation of poverty and inequality, educational progress, revitalisation of rural localities, strengthening of industry, and human welfare. Collected papers published at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modernisation-Education-Governance-Director-Shidong/dp/GN2KRR

June 18-23, Jilin Interdisciplinary Workshop in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Eight Professors attended this week-long research workshop and had engaging exchanges on academic and cross-disciplinary teaching and research.  Invitations were issued for Oxford professors to visit to Jilin University for reciprocal exchange in September.

June 9, China-UK University President Round-table CUUPR

‘The Shaping of World Class Universities in the 21st Century: Challenges and Collaborations’.  A major intiative, involving four Pro-Vice Chancellors/Vice Chancellors from Oxford and other UK universities, four President/Vice Presidents from Chinese universities, and the Minister Counsellor of Education at the China Embassy, London.

May 8-9, Visit from Jilin University VP

Discussed outlooks for visiting scholar and coming collaborations on student programmes and staff workshops/exchanges.

March 25-April 3, China Trip

Visited two universities in Beijing and Xi’an, and three in Guangzhou.  The trip promoted the Centre’s student and staff programmes and issued invitations to some Presidents/Vice Presidents to attend the China-UK University Presidents Round-table in June.

March 19-April 9, Deep Dive: Spirit of Entrepreneurship Rowing Programme

Eight CEOs took part in the four-week programme, which involved lectures and rowing. Concluded with rowing race against the Cambridge team.

January 20, Visit from Tsinghua University

Five Professors and Directors from the Student Affairs and International Office visited to discuss collaborations in the Visiting Student Programme and opened the Experiencing China Tsinghua Summer School Programme.  Experiencing China Tsinghua Summer School applications also opened; six students will travel to Beijing in July for two weeks of study.

January 10, Visiting Student Programme Application Review

Fourteen students from eight leading Chinese universities will be studying in Oxford through Oxford Prospects Visiting Student Programme in the next academic year.

January 9, Looking China Programme Applications Opened

Organized by AICCC, Beijing Normal University and hosted by Jilin University this year.  Six UK students, including one from Regent’s Park, will travel to Jilin to produce a short film during the two-week programme.