CUHK Shenzhen named WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award winner for Research Excellence

WRDS announced the Award winner during the AACSB Asia Pacific Annual conference in Osaka, Japan.

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Philadelphia (BusinessWire) — Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) and SSRN are pleased to announce The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen as winner of the 2023 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award. Annual awards are presented to rising business schools in the North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions to highlight excellence in research.

Steve Sheehan, Executive Director of Business Development, Sales, and Marketing of WRDS, and Erica Zhang, WRDS Associate Director of Client Development, presented the award during the AACSB Asia Pacific Annual conference in Osaka, Japan.

“This award recognizes the caliber of innovative and impact-focused research taking place at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “WRDS is delighted to support the work taking place at the University and their commitment to growth in business education.” A part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS advances comprehensive thought leadership and elevates the level of academic research to drive societal impact.

“SSRN continues to be excited about the Innovation Award because of the important research happening at schools like CUHK Shenzhen, and the world needs more high-quality research from APAC,” said Gregg Gordon, Managing Director, SSRN.

“Being bestowed with the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award is an exciting honor,” said Professor Wei Xiong, Academic Dean, CUHK Shenzhen. “This recognition not only signifies a tremendous acknowledgment of our college but also celebrates the collective efforts of our dedicated community. Our College has always been guided by the mission to develop innovative, forward-thinking, globally-minded and principled leaders who strive for the betterment of business and society. This award will inspire us to continuously endeavor to meet the standards of excellence in our global dimensions of teaching and learning, scholarly output and contribution to the community.”

As the world becomes more connected and the impact of policy reaches across borders, equity and access become more essential to research. Together, WRDS and SSRN are advancing academic research, changing policy and practice at regulatory, national, and global levels.

About WRDS
For 25+ years, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) has supported users with targeted solutions that underpin research, reinforce learning, and enable discovery. WRDS advances comprehensive thought leadership for 500+ institutions across 38+ countries—democratizing data access and giving users the power to analyze complex information through curated Classroom Teaching guides, Video Learning Pathways, Analytics/Linking tools, and Research Applications. WRDS resources map to Accreditation Standards, impacting an institution’s trajectory from learning and discovery to research and publication. WRDS is proud to play a leading role in reshaping how research, data access and researcher recognition can better reflect and support a truly global and networked community.

About the Wharton School
Founded in 1881 as the world’s first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is shaping the future of business by incubating ideas, driving insights, and creating leaders who change the world. With a faculty of more than 235 renowned professors, Wharton has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students. Each year 13,000 professionals from around the world advance their careers through Wharton Executive Education’s individual, company-customized, and online programs. More than 104,000 Wharton alumni form a powerful global network of leaders who transform business every day. For more information, visit

About SSRN
SSRN is an open-access online preprint community providing valuable services to leading academic schools and government institutions. Specializing primarily in social sciences, including economics, law, corporate governance, and humanities, SSRN has grown to become the most interdisciplinary service of its kind. Representing disciplines across the full research spectrum, including the applied sciences, health sciences, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences, SSRN provides opportunities for scholars to post their early research, collaborate on theories and discoveries, and get credit for their ideas before peer reviewed publication.

About Elsevier
As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems. Elsevier employs 8,700 people worldwide. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years.


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