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Zhang was born in Shuyang County, Suqian, Jiangsu Province in November, 1948.

1974-1977, Zhang studied English and literature at the Department of Foreign Languages of Hangzhou University (previous and current Zhejiang University). 1977-1979, he served as an official and translator (English-Chinese) in the Foreign Affairs Office of the Jiangsu Provincial Government.

1980-1982, Zhang studied at the University of Colorado in the United States as a graduate student. 1982-1985, he was the Deputy Director of the Tourism Bureau of the Jiangsu Provincial Government. 1986-1989, he was the Deputy Director of the National Tourism Administration, PRC.

1989-1997, he served as the Mayor of Suzhou City. 1998-2000, he was a graduate student at the Harvard University USA, and received a master's degree (major in city planning). 2001–present, he is the Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Education, PRC. 2004–present, he is the Vice-President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Beijing.[2]

On 24 Oct 2005, Zhang became the Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board.[3] In 2007, Zhang was re-elected as the Vice-president of FISU (International University Sports Federation).[4] In 2012, he was elected President of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. [5]


  1. ^ 教育部副部长章新胜简历_滚动新闻_财经纵横_新浪网
  2. ^ China Vitae : Biography of Zhang Xinsheng
  3. ^ Zhang Xinsheng (China) elected Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board
  4. ^ Zhang Xinsheng re-elected as FISU vice president
  5. ^ "IUCN's new President elected". IUCN. Retrieved 7 September 2016.

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