US professor given grant to legally moonlight in Shanghai

Zhang Zheng, a tenured professor at Shanghai New York University, can now work for a company while still teaching at the university.

Zhang Zheng, a tenured professor of Shanghai New York University, became the first overseas university professor in Shanghai to legally moonlight for a company on Tuesday.

From January, foreigners who work in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone or nationally recognized innovation zones can apply to have a second job in zones.

On Tuesday,  the Pudong New Area Exit-Entry Administration Bureau handed him his new residence permit which clearly states “part-time job.”

Wang Lei / Pudong police

A police officer of Pudong New Area Exit-Entry Administration Bureau handed over the residence permit to Professor Zhang at Shanghai New York University on Tuesday.

Zhang, 52, was born in Shanghai and left to study in the US in 1990. He is an expert in computer science.

He will now work for Amazon AWS in Xuhui District alongside his teaching commitments. Both company and university are in Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

"This helps us to apply fresh research results while passing our knowledge to students at the university," Zhang said.

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