Students of the School of Social Sciences “Going Global”:Tsinghua-Johns Hopkins’ Summer Program on “Global Politics and Economics” End Successfully

On July 23th, 2015, America Eastern Standard Time, the closing ceremony of the summer program on “Global Politics and Economics” co-organized by the School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, and the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, was held in Washington. Professor David M. Lampton, director of China Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS and a leading expert on China affairs, and Chen Qi, vice dean of the School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, delivered speeches respectively and conferred certificate of completion together for the students who have attended the summer program.

Professor Lampton expressed congratulations for the successfully held summer program and highly praised the performance of all students in the summer school courses. He said that Tsinghua University and Johns Hopkins University would seek further cooperation in various forms, for example, faculty/staff exchange program, in-depth cooperation of students exchange activities and joint-training programs. He has full confidence in in-depth cooperation between the two universities in the future.

Professor Lampton pointed out that China has entered an accelerated stage of development in recent years and has significant influence in the world. As it emerges as a great power, China has achieved great success in many fields, including aeronautics and astronautics, military, and finance, and aroused a growing interest in the areas of Africa and Middle East, which has a great impact on America. He wished that the summer program could help the students learn and think from a cross-disciplinary perspective and broaden their horizons.

Finally, Professor Lampton expressed his gratitude to the support of teachers and students from Tsinghua University. He believed that we would work together for a bright future of cooperation between Tsinghua University and Johns Hopkins University and achieve a win-win situation through further international communications, which would also improve the cooperative partnership between China and the United States.

Vice Dean Chen Qi firstly showed his appreciation for the commitment and dedication of all teachers from SAIS and congratulated the students on their success in the summer program. He pointed out that Tsinghua University has become more and more internationalized and tried to expand the path towards internationalization. Teachers from the School of Social Sciences paid high attention to this summer program, and teachers from Department of International Relations frequently participated in the academic conferences held by China and the United States, which promoted the relations between the two countries and made contributions to peace and stability of the world. He wished that our students could apply the new knowledge and the international perspective of thinking to the new context after returning home and become high-level international talents.

This summer program is an important step for students of the School of Social Sciences in implementing the “Going Global” strategy, which promoted the realization of experimental class talent cultivation of the School of Social Sciences. The summer courses were taught by 9 professors from Johns Hopkins SAIS, including politics, economics and culture. Students showed active participation, strong independent thinking, and fast learning in the open and inclusive class. They communicated with American professors face to face, dared to raise questions, and provide different ideas. After class, they made summaries, wrote course papers, and published on the WeChat Public Platform (“Programs of the School of Social Sciences abroad, Tsinghua University”); therefore, teachers and students could get first-hand information about their academic activities abroad. The “Going Global” strategy of the School of Social Sciences advocates the combination of classroom learning and field investigation. Besides the academic courses, students also went to the World Bank, Capitol Hill, Supreme Court, and think-tank Carnegie for information exchange and communication. During the weekends, they visited the American museums and historical and cultural sites in Washington and explored the politics, economy, local history and culture of Washington, D. C.. After the two-week summer program, these students went to the eastern United States to visit some famous universities, including University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, United States Military Academy, and the United Nations Headquarters, the center of international politics, combining the sense of past and modern, which successfully complete their study abroad.


Attached summer program courses:

Lecture 1: “Energy Challenges in the International Community” by Debbie Blevsis;

Lecture 2: “U.S.-China Relations” by Dr. David M. Lampton;

Lecture 3: “International Economics” by Dr. Jaime Marquez;

Lecture 4: “U.S. Government Process” by Charles Stevenson;

Lecture 5: “African Rising: New Narratives and Realities” by Peter Lewis;

Lecture 6: “Turning Conflict into Collaboration” by Daniel Serwer;

Lecture 7: “Public-Private Partnerships” by Alan Trager;

Lecture 8: “Strategic Leadership” by Thomas A. Keaney;

Lecture 9: “Conflict Management Today: Importance of IR” by Terrence Hopmann.