Lead educators from China have arrived at Malone University as part of a new China-U.S. Educational Exchange program in which the Chinese educators will spend six months living, learning, and working with their counterparts at host schools in five U.S. states. The program, organized by the East-West Center’s AsiaPacificEd Program in cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Education, aims to foster collaboration and mutual learning between Chinese and American schools as they share best practices for preparing students for today’s global workplace and knowledge economies.
The 15 Chinese educators participating in the exchange program represent some of China’s leading K-12 schools and research units. Malone University is one of nine U.S. host schools selected to share its achievements, innovation, and effective teaching practices with their Chinese visitors. The Chinese educators will return to the East-West Center in May to compare notes and to develop action plans for school improvements when they return to China, including ongoing exchange opportunities with their host schools.
“Strengthening the quality of the educational experience in our schools is a fundamental goal and shared value of both the U.S. and China as we prepare students for the knowledge economies of the 21st century,” said Nancy Varian, Ph.D., director of the University’s Center for Professional Development in the School of Education and Human Development. “Our school systems have a great deal to learn from one another about how we are grappling with these issues, and we are delighted to be engaging at the level of individual schools, teachers, and principals, not to mention students.”
Funding for the China-US Educational Exchange program is provided by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialog. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The AsiaPacificEd Program supports the Center’s mission by providing global learning and exchange opportunities for K-12 educators and students in the United States and the Asia Pacific region. For more information on the program, visit www.asiapacificed.org.