Weiyan Xiong is a Ph.D. Candidate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 2013, Xiong has served as a Program Coordinator of the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include indigenous education; comparative, international and development education (CIDE); internationalization of higher education; professional development at higher education institutions.
His master’s dissertation titled “Repatriation Adjustment of the Scholars of China’s Recruitment Program of Young Global Experts in a Certain Research University” was selected into China’s National Soft Science Research Program. He has also served as the co-investigator of several research projects at IISE, such as “Ethnic Minority Trends in Chinese Higher Education Project,” “Global Trends in Higher Education Financing” (Sponsored by Lumina Foundation), “World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) Archive Project,” “Best Practices of Professional Development Centers at World-Class Universities,” and the “Study of Global Comparative and International Education Pioneers, Leaders and Programs.” Xiong has co-published several journal articles on professional development at world-class universities, Asia-Pacific higher education, and ethnic minority higher education in China.
Xiong used to work as a Research Assistant at the Center for International Higher Education of Peking University, and Student Assistant at Peking University Education Foundation, and Peking University Student Financial Assistance Center. Xiong completed his bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy at the School of International Studies and his master’s degree in Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education at Peking University.