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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Xu. Dr. Xu was a great global partner and strong leader in the development of social work education in Mainland China. Professor He Xuesong, Dean of the School of Social and Public Administration at East China University of Science and Technology wrote this:
It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of Professor Yongxiang Xu, a true pioneer who facilitated the development of social work in Mainland China as educator, researcher and advocator.
Professor Yongxiang Xu joined East China University of Science and Technology in 1982, established the Department of Social Work in 1996, served as Dean of the School of Social and Public Administration from 1998 to 2016, and was elected as the President of China Association for Social Work Education in 2016. Professor Xu dedicated himself to the promotion of social work all over China. He made great efforts to support international exchanges and cooperation and was in the Board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work since 2008.
We are heartbroken by Professor Xu's passing. Words may fail us, but Professor Xu’s vision, determination and passion in social work will always be remembered by his colleagues, students, alumni, and friends.