The 21st Century China Program is officially the 21st Century China Center. The renaming from "program" to "center" is a small but momentous change, signifying our growth from an upstart program to an established center with multiple existing programs and new initiatives. Over the past four-plus years, we have grown programmatically, financially and in terms of our ambition. Our goal is still to be the best university-based think tank on China and on the U.S.-China relations. We are grateful to all our faculty, students, supporters and corporate partners for the opportunity ahead to cement our leadership role in policy-relevant research on China and in promoting meaningful dialogue between the two countries across government, academia, business and civil society.
Research and education of students remain the most important part of our mission. We look forward to advancing the field of China studies with a new initiative focusing on creating an infrastructure for data compilation and analytics on China. We work to increase the capacity and reach of our scholars, foster fruitful international exchange and bring insight to pressing and relevant policies. In that spirit, we are delighted to share that GPS also is elevating this mission through the launch of a new degree program that will enroll its first class in fall 2017: Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs.
In the last quarter, we convened several conferences with partners across campus and borders, such as a research workshop with China historians at UC San Diego and East China Normal University that focused on modern China, the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China's flagship Young Scholars Conference, the first U.S.-China University Think Tank Dialogue on Bilateral Relations, and a gathering of key shapers of China's new policy on religious affairs and other thought-leaders on Christianity in China.
As most graduate students departed for the summer, we welcomed a group of high school students for our inaugural youth program to develop future leaders in U.S.-China relations. Students from American and Chinese high schools simulated problem-solving and diplomatic process on global collaborations such as clean energy and artificial intelligence.
Our partnership with Fudan University is going strong. We are collaborating with the Fudan-UC Center extensively to bring you noted Chinese and American scholars on China and to host academic conferences and policy dialogues on a range of critical issues. As this e-newsletter goes to you today, we have just concluded the
Second Annual California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue
at Fudan University.
In the summer, we also launched a new channel for you to stay abreast with expert voices on all things China in the form of a
podcast called China 21
. Listen anytime and subscribe on all major platforms.
Looking ahead to a new academic quarter, we are delighted to welcome you to our public events, such as the Second Annual Sokwanlok Lecture by Pacific Leadership Fellow Yu Keping on Oct. 10, a renowned scholar and advocate of reform from Peking University. We again join hands with the community in hosting the annual China Town Hall on Oct.18, featuring Melanie Hart from the Center for American Progress, a rising star in the policy world on China and one of our own UC San Diego graduates.
In this important season as American voters choose their next commander in chief and as President Xi Jiping looks ahead to his second term in China, stay tuned to our activities and information that will illuminate the social, political and economic trends in China, and guide the discourse on U.S.-China relations toward greater mutual understanding and collaboration.
To stay up to date on our calendar of upcoming events, please visit china.ucsd.edu or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We recently joined the Fudan-UC Center on WeChat as "复旦UC" (ID: Fudan-UC-21CC)--connect with us here, as well!
Chair, 21st Century China Center
Director, 21st Century China Center