The Tsinghua University Partnership

Tsinghua LogoIn 1998, the Maxwell School entered into a partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing
to establish its new School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) and to assist Tsinghua in its effort to become a leading national center for policy research in public administration, governance and reform.

Public Administration was revived in China as a social science discipline in the 1980s after being abandoned for over 30 years. Even though progress has been considerable, the field is still at an early stage of development. To accelerate efforts to professionalize government, improve the quality of management and policy making, the State Education Commission of China selected 24 universities in 2000 to pilot graduate public administration education programs. Tsinghua is one of the designated universities.

As one of the most prestigious universities in China, Tsinghua is respected internationally for its strength in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering fields. More recently, Tsinghua has strengthened its social sciences programs, including the creation of China’s first university-based school of public policy and management. Because of its prominence, it is anticipated that Tsinghua’s SPPM will produce many of China’s future government leaders and administrators.

The Maxwell-Tsinghua Partnership consists of the following initiatives:

International Advisory Board – The Dean of the Maxwell School serves as member of the International Advisory Board for SPPM. The Board meets annually to discuss major issues involved in the School’s development.

Faculty Exchange Program – Is designed to promote scholarly understanding and interaction between American and Chinese faculty through a semester-long residence program at Maxwell, junior faculty training and development, and, workshops on teaching methods.

Curriculum and Textbook Development – Aim to enrich comparative public administration education in China and the U.S. (through the translation of American public administration textbooks into Chinese, compiling a case textbook to be used at Tsinghua and Maxwell, and preparation of new comparative courses at both institutions; and,

Joint Research Program – The two schools are planning joint research projects on the new challenges of governance in the 21st century, administrative reform, the impact of globalization for developed and transitional countries, and the emerging role of NGOs. International conferences, publications and other vehicles are being discussed to communicate the information and knowledge gained through this program to other schools of public administration in U.S. and China.

Related Links

The Tsinghua University Website (English Version)

The Tsinghua University Website (Chinese Version)