Chinese University Leaders to Gain Insights into Innovative Management at Prestigious Universities
In October 2012, a group of more than 20 presidents and vice presidents from some of China's most prestigious universities, including Peking University and Fudan University, embarked on a three-week professional training program in the United States. The program focused on a range of themes such as enhancing the innovation capacity of university disciplines, building effective leadership and cultivating and utilizing key talent, creating strong teacher teams, and developing medium and long-term strategic plans for universities. During their visit, the Chinese university leaders had the opportunity to engage in in-depth exchanges and studies with local principals and education experts from world-renowned universities such as Stanford University, the University of Washington, and the California Institute of Technology. The program was organized and led by Prof. Wu Zhipan, Executive Vice President of Peking University, and the delegation included 25 leaders from universities such as China University of Petroleum, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Northeastern University, Hunan University, and Nanjing University of Technology. The U.S.-China Exchange Association facilitated the program, and renowned education experts from Stanford University introduced advanced management concepts and practices to the visiting Chinese university representatives. The director of Stanford University's Asia-Pacific Center provided an in-depth analysis of innovation and reform concepts, as well as strategies for leading universities with innovative thinking. The Dean of Stanford University's School of Education, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, gave a comprehensive explanation of how to train and select disciplinary leaders, while the Dean of Stanford University's School of Engineering, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, introduced advanced practices for training and selecting world-class researchers. The delegation also visited California Polytechnic University, the world's top technical university, renowned for its expertise in physics and earth sciences, and its impressive list of 33 alumni or professors who have won the Nobel Prize. During their visit, the Chinese university leaders engaged in cordial discussions with the vice presidents of Caltech, exchanging views on management experience and development plans. In addition, the delegation conducted in-depth studies and inspections at other renowned universities such as the University of Washington, Seattle University, and California State University. Through these visits, the Chinese university leaders gained a direct understanding of the management and innovation strategies adopted by top U.S. universities, which helped them develop new insights into the long-term development and strategic planning of their respective institutions.