Since 1981, the National Committee has administered the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to China on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. The program, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department and the Chinese Ministry of Education, was the first of its type, designed to introduce American educators to China’s history, culture, and society.
During the course of the five-week seminar, lectures and briefings by Chinese experts in a variety of fields are complemented by related site visits. In addition, an optional extension to Hong Kong, funded by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, adds perspectives from the former British colony, which reverted to the PRC in 1997. Following their return to the United States, all participants create curricula based on their experiences, which are made available as a resource for other educators around the globe. K-12 and higher education educators and administrators participate in alternate years.
The summer 2015 cohort consisted of a group of K-12 educators who traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, Chongqing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, to deepen their knowledge of history and culture in China.