Thursday, September 29, 2016

HNC Alumni Profile: Margaret Myers

Margaret Myers, Program Director, HNC Certificate 2011, reflects back on her time at the HNC and her experience working as the Program Director of the China and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue. 

Tell us what you are doing now.

I am currently the Director of the China and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Western Hemisphere Affairs think tank based in Washington, DC. The Dialogue’s China and Latin America Program engages and informs academics, policy-makers, and private sector leaders from China, Latin America, and the United States on evolving themes in China-Latin America relations. Our working group meetings, events, and publications seek to address areas of critical interest and to identify shared priorities on both sides of the Pacific.

How do you think your experience at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center prepared you for this work? 
Much of what I learned at the Center is directly applicable to my work at the Inter-American Dialogue. My primary objective at HNC was to refine my Chinese language skills, which I now employ when conducting research on China’s Latin America and “going-out” policies and when engaging Chinese colleagues. My ability to participate in Chinese language meetings has facilitated critical relationship-building with key individuals in China’s ministries, think tanks, and companies. At the Center, I also developed a solid understanding of the many domestic factors in China that influence the country’s engagement with Latin America and other regions. This background has been invaluable in recent years, enabling me to develop an informed programmatic agenda. I am also tremendously grateful for the friendships that I made while at the Center. Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to collaborate professionally with several of my former classmates. The HNC network is remarkably extensive and active.

What was your most memorable moment when you were at the HNC?
I have many fond memories of the Center, but I remember the HNC ping pong tournament and talent show especially fondly. On both occasions, I was completely in awe of my classmates’ many skills. Academically speaking, my course on the Chinese Constitution was especially memorable. Students engaged in lively debate on developments in Chinese constitutional law and the broader legal system. I continue to refer to my notes from that and other courses in my current work. I otherwise tend to recall the great conversations I had with Chinese and international students, time spent browsing in the library, lots of attempts to find Pearl Buck’s house on the Nanjing University campus, great dinners at the local Indian restaurant, and fascinating trips outside of Nanjing.

What advice would you give someone contemplating attending the Hopkins-Nanjing Center?
I can’t recommend the Center enough. It provides a valuable opportunity for language immersion, of course, but unlike other programs, also provides considerable perspective on Chinese academic thinking on a wide variety of topics. The Center itself, which is run by Chinese and American co-directors, is in some ways a microcosm of the broader China-US relationship. I would advise students who are interested in studying at the Center to develop their Chinese language skills as much as possible before arriving. I would also advise them to participate actively in the many extracurricular opportunities that the Center affords, to explore the Nanjing University campus and course offerings, and to build a strong network of Chinese and international friends. The knowledge base, language skills, and networks developed at the Center can be of benefit for a lifetime.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SAIS China Studies Club Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

Last week, over 30 Johns Hopkins SAIS students from varying concentrations met on a cozy rooftop in Adams Morgan to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival. The long tables were filled with contributed dishes, including some interesting attempts by the American students to recreate their favorite Chinese recipes.

Organized by the China Studies Club at SAIS, the potluck dinner is a newly founded tradition with the goal of connecting students who may have different concentrations from Energy, Resources and Energy to International Law, but also any SAIS student who shares a profound love of Chinese culture and moon cakes in particular.

Edward Logan, a second year MA student with a China Studies concentration, said he enjoyed the opportunity to meet different people with similar interests. He, like many of them, have extensive experience studying in and about China. In fact, the Chinese students in attendance were pleasantly surprised to converse with their American classmates in Chinese. Many were especially shocked to see that their American counterparts had gained not only Chinese language skills, but also a deep appreciation for the culture. In fact, many were surprised when Edward shared stories of celebrating Chinese New Year while living in Russia—a common occurrence.

Overall, Edward said he’s grateful to have shared not only a potluck dinner, but also stories and laughs with his classmates. If there’s one thing he hopes students take away from their dinner on the rooftop, he said, it should be that “it is possible for other people to appreciate the traditions and cultures of other countries as much as the locals do.” I must say, I have to agree—especially at SAIS.  

Written by Clarise Brown, HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA 

Photo credit: Boyang Xue

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New HNC Fellowship Opportunities

In honor of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s 30th year, we are excited to announce several new fellowship opportunities for students applying for fall 2017. Thanks to the generosity of the HNC alumni community and other donors we are able to offer these fellowships in addition to awarding HNC fellowships to 100% of students who apply for financial aid by the application deadline.

New Fellowships for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th year

Future Leader Fellowships for MAIS Students
The HNC is continuing to guarantee all incoming MAIS students who apply for financial aid $10,000 per year of study. 

International Scholar Fellowship
This full-tuition fellowship will be awarded to an international student (non-US citizen or dual citizen) enrolling in Fall 2017. This fellowship is open to all HNC programs. Please note that students in the HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA will receive full tuition funding for the Certificate portion of the program only. 

Student Ambassador Fellowship
This $10,000 fellowship will be awarded to a student who has successfully completed one year in the US-China Strong Ambassador Program by the time of enrollment at the HNC. This fellowship is open to all HNC programs and students will be considered for renewal based on academic standing.

US-China Exchange Scholars Fellowships
Students who have successfully completed a US government-supported Chinese language study program that includes a minimum of 8 weeks of study in China prior to the time of enrollment will be considered for this $10,000 fellowship. This fellowship is open to all HNC programs and students will be considered for renewal based on academic standing.

Eligible US government-supported programs include, but are not limited to:
  • Chinese Language Flagship Program
  • Boren Award for International Study
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
  • Fulbright Awardee for study or research in China
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
How to Apply
To be considered for all fellowships and federal funding, students need to complete the Financial Aid Application Form included in the application by the application deadline (November 1 for early notification and February 1 for general application deadline). You can indicate your interest in any of the above fellowships on this form. Click here to start an application.

Students who are awarded one of the above fellowships are also eligible for additional fellowship funding.  If you have questions about your eligibility for any of the above fellowships, please visit our website or contact  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

HNC on the Road: 2016 Campus Visits and Virtual Info Sessions

HNC Admissions is on the road again as we start our campus visits this fall! Admissions representatives will be holding info sessions, visiting Chinese classes, and holding one-on-one appointments at universities across the US. See the list below to see if the HNC will be visiting your school this fall!

The HNC Admissions Team will also be holding virtual info sessions throughout the fall. Click on the links below for more information to sign up for email reminders.

To see confirmed dates of when a HNC admissions representative will be in your area, please view our Recruiting Calendar. If you would like to speak with an admissions representative at another time, please email For on-the-road updates, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @HopkinsNanjing.

We look forward to meeting you this fall! 

2016 Campus Visits*
  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Beloit College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • California State University
  • Carleton College
  • Colby College
  • Colorado State University
  • Connecticut College
  • Davidson College
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Furman University
  • George Washington
  • Georgia Tech
  • Hamilton College
  • Haverford College
  • Hunter College
  • Kalamazoo College 
  •  Lafayette College
  • Macalester College 
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northeastern University
  • Norwich University
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Portland State University
  • Queens College
  • Rice University
  • Smith College
  • Southwestern University
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • Union College
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado- Boulder
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • UT Austin
  • Vassar College
  • Washington and Lee
  • Wellesley
  • Willamette University
  • Williams
  • Yale University
*Subject to change

  • Arizona State University
  • Bates College
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Calvin College
  • Centre College
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Denison University
  • Dickinson College 
  • Emory University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Harvard University
  • Holy Cross
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Michigan State
  • Morehouse College
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Notre Dame
  • Ohio Wesleyan 
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Reed College
  • San Jose State University
  • Soka University
  • Spelman College
  • St. Olaf College
  • SUNY Albany
  • Syracuse University
  • Trinity University
  • Tulane University
  • UC Davis
  • UCLA
  • UNC
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Washington
  • USC
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest
  • Washington University
  • Western Washington University
  • William and Mary
  • Wofford College

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 MAIS Thesis Defense Topics

At the end of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s academic year, MAIS students defended their theses to their chosen thesis adviser, as well as other HNC faculty members. While at the HNC, MAIS students declare a concentration area from among the five different areas of study offered: Chinese Studies; International Politics; International Economics; International and Comparative Law; and Energy, Resources and Environment. At the end of their two years of study, international MAIS students are required to write and orally defend a thesis in Chinese which relates to their chosen concentration area, while Chinese MAIS students complete their thesis in English. To help prepare for the thesis writing process, international MAIS students choose a thesis adviser from among the Chinese faculty members. In addition, MAIS students participate in thesis prep courses to learn about different research techniques, and to discover how their thesis topic might relate to a wider range of Sino-global relations.

Below are some examples of different thesis topics, which cover a diverse selection of research areas, presented by MAIS '16 students:
  • US-China Trade Disputes in the WTO
  • Development of American Football in China
  • Sub-Sexualities in Rural China
  • Chinese Attitudes on the Modern Medicine Approach of “Whole Person Care”
  • Factor Decomposition of China’s Wine Import Growth
  • Analysis of the PostSunflower Movement Social Thought
  • Political Hurdles to Photovoltaic Electricity  Generation in China

To learn more about the HNC MAIS thesis, check out this post to hear from MAIS alumni about the challenges and successes they encountered throughout the process.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The HNC Dragon Boat Team

Congratulations to the HNC Dragon Boat team for their third place finish in the Nanjing city competition this past June! Our student blogger, Andrew, looks back and shares his experience as a member of the team.

HNC students participated in this year’s Dragon Boat Race in Nanjing. My team members and I have been training for almost two months getting ready for the competition. Every week we worked out in group plyometrics workouts and weight lifting workouts, and practiced on Mo Chou Lake with our coach.

Finally on June 9 we competed against over 20 other teams from Nanjing and… we came in THIRD!

Outside of those that were rowing in the competition, this event really included so much of the HNC. Some students formed their own cheerleading squad and danced in a competition before the actual dragon boat race. Students and professors came out for the race and cheered us on all day with lots of new HNC paraphernalia, including HNC flags.

Many of the people from Nanjing who came out to watch the dragon boat race were quite surprised at our success and were really excited to talk with us. A local news station interviewed us and some of our responses even made it into a Nanjing newspaper.

The day of the race, everyone got to the lake bright and early around 7:15 am. Despite some setbacks (especially one where one team decided to ram our boat and cut us off mid race) all of our hard work paid off and after four races, we were ecstatic to find that we had made it to the finals. We raced in a final marathon style race, which was 1000m and a final normal race, which was 300m.

In the final 300m race we raced three other teams and came in third. It was so much fun for everyone and I know, especially for all those who rowed, it is an experience we will never forget.

In addition to dragon boat, the HNC also had its end-of-semester barbeque. It was a great way to begin winding down at the end of the semester with good barbecue, games, and live band performances from the HNC’s band (the Chuar-zards).

Written by Andrew Retallick

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

HNC 30th Anniversary Forum on Sino-Global Relations

An academic forum on Sino-Global Relations was held at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center June 18, bringing together experts from both academia and the private sector to discuss core issues at the intellectual heart of the HNC. The Forum was attended by an overflow crowd of alumni, students, and other guests taking part in the HNC’s 30th anniversary celebrations in Nanjing.

Professor Shi Bin, Academic Dean and former student of the HNC, opened the forum and introduced Nanjing University Vice-Chancellor Zhu Qingbao and Johns Hopkins University SAIS Dean Vali Nasr. They set the stage with remarks on the HNC’s role within the two universities that created the HNC and have nurtured its development.

Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Vali Nasr gives introductory remarks
The first panel, on China, the U.S., and the World, provided both professional and personal views on how the U.S.-China relationship has been transformed and, in turn, impacted the world in the past three decades. Panel moderator David M. Lampton, SAIS Professor and China Studies Director, talked about relative changes in the positions of China and the US in terms of their global capacity and their share of world GDP, and how this impacts the current world order.  Amy Celico, a SAIS and HNC graduate who leads the Albright Stonebridge Group’s China and East Asia practice, focused on economic and commercial relations. She drew on her rich professional experience in government and the private sector to outline commercial challenges the two countries face today, as well as those they have met and overcome in the past. Professor Zhu Feng, who directs Nanjing University’s Institute of International Studies and the China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea added his insights on political challenges in the relationship, both those of immediate concern and historical importance.

The second panel examined issues of Energy and the Environment, with particular attention to how the U.S. and China approach the problem of finding and developing renewable energy resources. The panel was moderator by Peking University Professor Huang Haifeng, an HNC graduate who is now assistant Dean for International Relations at Peking University’s HSBC Business School.  He was joined by two distinguished energy industry experts—Mr. Zhu Gongshan, founder and chairman of Golden Concord Holdings, and Mr. Peter Li, General Manager of GE Renewable Energy Greater China.  They highlighted both the importance and the tremendous ongoing potential for collaboration between the United States and China in resolving important energy and environmental issues.

Panelists focus on Energy and Environment issues

The combination of industry and academic expertise on both panels led to broad-ranging presentations and a lively discussion between the panelists and the audience. Running through the presentations was the theme of the important role the U.S. and China play in shaping the current global order, and the need for the two sides to achieve understanding, if not always goal alignment, in solving many pressing international issues. As Amy Celico noted, HNC graduates of the past 30 years are now making important contributions to this process across a variety of sectors and issues in both countries and around the world.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SAIS China and Project Pengyou “Building Your China Career” Event

Last month, SAIS China, in cooperation with Project Pengyou, co-hosted Building Your China Career: Opportunities in the U.S.-China Space at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC. Project Pengyou is part of a growing national movement to increase the number and diversity of Americans studying abroad in China. The event included a panel discussion that explored the rewards and challenges of working across U.S.-China sectors as well as the growing opportunities that China is creating in the U.S. job market.

The three panelists currently work in the U.S.-China relations sphere across a variety of sectors. Panelist Serena Lin from CCTV America was part of the founding team of CCTV America in Washington, DC. Gabriel Morris, previously the Vice President of Chinese-owned enterprise CITIC Securities and now working for Goldman Sachs Gao Hua Securities, shared his experiences from the financial sector. Travis Thompson, Executive for the Brunswick Group, shared his perspective from the public relations angle. The panel discussion was moderated by Mei Yan, Senior Partner of the Brunswick Group and Holly Chang, Founder of Project Pengyou and Executive Director of Committee of 100.

Panelists addressed the challenges of adapting to a different cultural environment that come with working in a foreign country or for a foreign organization. To overcome these barriers, panelists encouraged students to be active problem solvers and emphasized that working in the U.S.-China sphere requires flexibility, resilience and an open mind.

SAIS China and Project Pengyou welcomed 25 Project Pengyou student leaders representing colleges and high schools from across the nation to this event. Project Pengyou student leaders are American and Chinese students who have lived or studied in the United States and China. These students lead the Project Pengyou Chapters at their home institutions to promote U.S.-China exchange.

To learn more about the event and Project Pengyou, please click here.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

HNC 30th Anniversary Recognizes Alumni Achievements

“Through 30 years of ups and downs in the relationship between China and the United States, the HNC has overcome its own challenges and thrived.  It has done so because at its core is a simple, and vital, mission – to help Americans learn about the real China and Chinese to learn about the real United States.”
Former U.S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaking at  the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s 30th Anniversary Convocation, June 2016
Keynote speakers, former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright 
More than 200 Chinese and international alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center returned to Nanjing June 17 to June 19 to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the HNC,  joined by the leaders of Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, distinguished guests, and several hundred students, friends, and supporters.  The centerpiece of the weekend was the 30th Anniversary Convocation, featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, an HNC alum himself who is currently the President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits. In their keynote speeches, Albright and Chen included personal perspectives on the astonishingly rapid growth of US-China relations in the past 30 years and spoke to the key role that HNC graduates continue to play in all aspects of these relations. Minister Chen remarked that his “unforgettable experiences [at the HNC] not only broadened my horizons, but also helped me open my mind and develop a deep understanding of market economy.”  Secretary Albright reviewed many of the US-China challenges she addressed as Secretary of State and noted that “There is no magic formula for avoiding such difficulties, but the one thing that helps is the sort of deeper mutual understanding and personal relationships such as those forged here at the HNC.”

The 30th anniversary weekend opened with a concert by the Nanjing University Folk Music Orchestra, and included the HNC graduation ceremony and dinner, a Forum on Sino-Global Relations, the Convocation, and a Gala Dinner.  HNC alumni Amy Celico (HNC ’94), currently a principal of the Albright Stonebridge Group, and Huang Haifeng (HNC ’92), professor of International Relations at Peking University, were featured speakers at the Forum. HNC students and alumni were also treated to a private session with Secretary Albright on the making of US foreign policy, and to a breakfast with the current and former Chinese and American co-directors.  Throughout the weekend, the HNC was recognized for its history, its unique bilingual graduate education program, and for training a cadre of specialists who understand international relations and have gone on to play important roles in managing US-China relations.

The HNC’s alumni network has grown from 60 graduates in 1986 to almost 3,000 alumni now

Former Chinese and American Co-Directors meet with HNC alumni. From left: Chen Yongxiang,  William Rope, He Chengzhou, Cornelius C. Kubler, Elizabeth Knup, Richard Gaulton and Huang Chengfeng

Guests outside the Convocation hall 

Alumni from all HNC years reconnect at the gala dinner
Read more about the HNC 30th anniversary and history in the Johns Hopkins Hub.
See more event photos on flickr. Photos courtesy of Carl McLarty

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hopkins-Nanjing Center 2016 Commencement

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration kicked off on June 17 with commencement at the HNC. Congratulations to to the class of 2016!

The commencement ceremony featured keynote remarks by Lisa Heller, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and Zhou Wei, Deputy Director-General at the Jiangsu Province Foreign Affairs Office. President of Nanjing University, Chen Jun and President of Johns Hopkins University, Ronald J. Daniels also made remarks to the class of 2016.

2016 MAIS graduates

Emily Shea, International Student Representative

International student and MAIS graduate, Emily Shea, and Chinese student, Caixiao Chen were selected as student representatives. In the spirit of the HNC's bilingual community, student representatives delivered their addresses in their target languages.  Below is the full transcript of Emily's speech.


大家好! 我叫沈琳,我是今年二年级硕士班的毕业生。





Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels presenting graduation certificates 

你们具有很强学习能力和逻辑思维能力, 你们会用多种语言讨论你们所关心的话题;


Nanjing University President Chen Jun presenting graduate certificates



Emily Shea with her fellow MAIS graduates

Photos courtesy of Carl McLarty