September 10, 2018

US professor given grant to legally moonlight in Shanghai

  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.”

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.