The Maryland China Initiative works with Chinese and American partners to strengthen institutions, advance knowledge of best practices, and facilitate collaboration between American and Chinese professionals working in the public interest.
The United States and China play leading roles in shaping international standards, practices, and institutions that affect public welfare. Good working relations between the U.S. and China, based on mutual understanding and built through cooperation, are therefore essential to international stability and commonweal.
Because they provide academic programs that are free of political or financial interests, the institutions best positioned to bring Chinese and American administrators together are universities. And the University of Maryland, the only flagship public university near Washington, D.C., is uniquely situated to promote U.S.-China collaboration.
At MCI, Chinese leaders study ways in which government, NGOs, corporations, educational institutions, and professional associations interact to promote public welfare through policy formulation, implementation, and analysis. MCI courses are designed in cooperation with Chinese partners to meet China’s development needs. They comprise lectures, case studies, simulations, and visits to government agencies and private organizations in Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic region.