Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center!

It's fall break at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center so students are spending the week getting to know the city of Nanjing, visiting other parts of China, or traveling within Asia!

Our DC-based admissions office is open for business today and here to answer your application questions, but we will be closed for Thanksgiving from Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28.

Safe travels to our students and happy Thanksgiving to our American applicants!

Thanksgiving 2013 at the HNC

Friday, November 21, 2014

Join the HNC Online Admissions Chat on Monday, November 24!

Looking to get ahead on your HNC application over the Thanksgiving break? Join our online admissions chat on Monday, November 24 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM EST. Chatting with us will be admissions representatives Katie Brooks (HNC ’09) and Lauren Szymanski (HNC ’12), as well as current student Nanfei Yan. Join us to hear firsthand experience and valuable advice, and be sure to ask any questions you may have about the application process, academics, or student life. At the scheduled time, click here to join the chat and log in as a guest. We look forward to speaking with you!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Alumni Weekend in Nanjing

The weekend of November 7-9, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosted its annual Alumni Weekend.  Chinese and international alumni return to the HNC to reconnect with former classmates, but current students were also able to join in the fun.  Current MAIS students Emily Shea and Tom Holt send a report:


Every November, the HNC invites alumni back and puts on a variety of different events for them during our ‘Alumni Weekend.’ Current students get plenty of opportunities to participate, meet with the alumni, and learn about career development. This year, Professor Webb and Professor Hua Tao held a conference called, “The 21st Century New Silk Road,” in which they discussed the economic, geopolitical, environmental and religious impact of increased globalization and connectedness between China, US, and the Middle East.

On Friday, there were sports related activities to sign up for, like soccer, basketball, and even a Zumba class. Friday night’s happy hour was packed with students and alumni. As a class committee member, I enjoyed getting to meet past center students, including someone who used to be on class committee, while bartending. 

On Saturday, there were two panels for current students to attend, one called “First Job, First Challenge” and the other, which I went to, was “Working in China.” There were four alumni at the “Working in China” panel, all currently working in Shanghai. They spoke about their own experiences and answered student questions about the pros and cons of choosing to work in China and the different expectations one should have going into a Chinese workplace. What I took away was that advantages to working in China can include getting to do exciting and engaging work, and greater possibilities for advancement than one might find in the US. More than one of the alumni from the panel work in risk management, so I learned a bit about that field, as well. 

Finally, Saturday night was the alumni reception in the East building lobby. My favorite part of the weekend was this night: eating, drinking, and getting to mingle with everyone. During the reception, I had the chance to talk with both recent graduates and others who graduated several years ago. It was very interesting to get an idea of what kinds of careers students can look forward to after graduating from the HNC, as well as to hear stories about what the HNC used to be like, for example before the new classroom building and library were built, and before there was a campus cat!

One activity that has become an annual tradition at the HNC is alumni and students walking along the Nanjing City Wall (南京城墙). The City Wall was first built during the Ming Dynasty and was one of the largest city walls ever built in China. In contrast to other Chinese cities which tore down their city walls, Nanjing’s City Wall still stands to this day. And after the Wall Walk last Saturday, I’m glad to live in a city that has preserved such a beautiful piece of its history. 

A large group of HNC students and alumni arrived at the wall on a foggy Saturday afternoon. The fog was not thick enough to obscure the view from the wall though, and the beginning of thecity wall provided a beautiful view of another major sight in Nanjing, Purple Mountain (紫金山).

The wall provided more gorgeous views of the Nanjing cityscape, and one thing I was struck by was how serene it was. I had been to the Xi’an city wall on two previous occasions, and that city wall was much more commercialized and touristy than the Nanjing city wall. As we walked along the wall, I got to talk to a lot of alumni with fascinating backgrounds, and I got to know my classmates better. All in all, the Nanjing City Wall was a great way to spend an afternoon, and we only saw a small part of it. Hiking the whole wall apparently takes a day, and I hope to give that a shot someday. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HNC Students Attend the First Corporate Social Responsibility Awards and Green & Clean Forum

Current HNC student Brandon Yeh and fellow members from the HNC's Energy, Resources, and Environment (ERE) Group recently had the opportunity to attend the First Corporate Social Responsibility Awards and Green & Clean Forum in Nanjing.  Read on for Brandon's reflections on the event:

Students from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Energy, Resources, and Environment (ERE) Group, and Dr. Roger Raufer - the new Resident Professor of ERE at the HNC - attended the First Corporate Social Responsibility Awards and Green & Clean Forum on October 16th, 2014. The event was held at the Nanjing Hilton Riverside, and hosted by the European Union Chamber of Commerce (EUCC) in China.
Brandon (3rd from left) with classmates and Professor Raufer

The event was widely attended by representatives of locally operated international and domestic businesses as well as other professionals. Many of the attendees took part in a panel discussion that focused on their current efforts to address the issues of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Speakers at the event included the German and Chinese joint-venture chemical-industrial firm BASF-YPC; the Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Company; the Sustainable Design and Architecture firm, Omega Zeta, MAN Diesel & Turbo China Production; and the Lenzing Group, an Austria-based viscose fibers production firm.

All of the firms shared their methodology and successes in implementation of sustainable practices, ranging from resource & production efficiency, efficiency in treating water and waste, and overall efforts toward finding sustainable solutions in a fast changing world.

Among the speakers was Dr. Oliver Conen from BASF-YPC, who shared an interesting practice in which the German and Chinese joint venture implemented the Verbund principle of resource and production efficiency. As indicated in Dr. Conen’s presentation, the Verbund concept is set to allow BASF-YPC to realize energy efficiency and cost effectiveness while also minimizing environmental impact. The principle uses the basic premise behind energy cogeneration plants, but within a chemical production context. This chemical-industrial cogeneration model uses the by-products from one chemical plant as starting materials for other plants, which increases efficiency and redefines the notion of “waste”.

This event was a great opportunity for ERE students to hear directly from European and Chinese firms about how they work to achieve more sustainable and energy-efficient operating practices.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Last weekend the HNC's very own basketball team played their second game of the season against the Nanjing University Business School team and won!

HNC students are an active group outside of the classroom.  In addition to the basketball team, students can join the Dragon Boat team or compete in the annual ping-pong tournament.  Outside of sports, students are able to take extracurricular classes in erhu or calligraphy, volunteer with the Migrant School Learning Initiative, join the Energy, Resources and Environment interest group, participate in the Student Business Exchange, or take advantage of many other extra-curricular and co-curricular activities available at the HNC.

Congratulations again to the team!  中美中心加油!

HNC students, faculty, and staff cheer on the team!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Writing an Effective Admissions Essay

It's hard to overstate the importance of essays as part of your application to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.  This is a valuable opportunity to let the Admissions Committee get to know you as more than test scores, transcripts, and a resume.
Applicants to all of our programs (Certificate, MAIS, and the HNC Certificate/SAIS MA) are required to submit a personal statement.  We're excited to announce a new prompt for the personal statement this year!  Please see below:

Discuss one event, whether historical or personal, that influenced your decision to study China. How do you expect Sino-global relations to impact your future, and how do you believe your time at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will assist you in achieving your long-term career objectives?

A few tips when writing this essay:
1) Spell check!
2) Be specific.  Applicants with the best essays give concrete examples about how they became interested in China and what motivated them to continue studying China and Chinese. Vague generalizations will not help you stand apart from other applicants.

3) Be memorable.  Tell us about your experiences in a creative way, rather than just rewriting your resume in paragraph form.  For example, one past applicant wrote about lessons he learned by playing ping-pong with a Chinese classmate.  Another explained her interest in public health through her interactions with Chinese citizens at a rural clinic.  Not everything is learned in the classroom! 
4) And finally, avoid cliches.  For example, one of the most common cliches we encounter every single year involves applicants writing that they hope to attend the HNC so they can become a "bridge" between China and the US. It may be true and it's a noble cause but so many bridges apply each year that the phrase has lost all meaning. 

In addition to this personal statement, MAIS applicants are required to write a concentration essay. For this essay, we ask that you choose one of the five concentrations offered in Nanjing: International Economics, International Politics, Comparative and International Law, Chinese Studies, or Energy, Resources, and Environment.  You then will be prompted to write about your thesis idea(s).  Don't worry though! You will not be locked into this topic so it is completely fine if you arrive in Nanjing and decide on a new one. This is more an opportunity for the Admissions Committee to see that you have a particular area of interest related to China and that you have put thought into potential research topics.

Last but not least, HNC Certificate/SAIS MA applicants should submit three essays total: the HNC Personal Statement (see the section above), the DC Statement of Purpose, and the DC Analytical Essay.  We often receive questions about the amount of overlap between the HNC Personal Statement and the DC Statement of Purpose. You should assume that the admissions committees of each campus have access to all three essays but still include any relevant information in each, even if it does mean a bit of overlap.

We look forward to reading your essays!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Halloween Party at the HNC

HNC student blogger and banwei member Emily Shea sent the following pictures from last Friday's Halloween bash at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Secretary John Kerry Meets with HNC Certificate/SAIS MA Students

On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at SAIS about US-China relations.  Prior to giving his speech, he met with a group HNC Certificate/SAIS MA students (pictured).  Below are his remarks translated into Chinese.  To read his speech in English, click here.  To view the webcast, click here.

国务卿约翰·克里(John Kerry)就美中关系发表讲话

约翰·霍普金斯高级国际研究学院(Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies)

国务卿克里:谢谢。十分感谢你,纳泽(Dean Nasr)院长。我有幸很早就认识瓦利(Vali)。我在参议院工作期间,他就是一位十分重要的顾问。我记得,早年在为阿富汗、巴基斯坦问题,特别是阿富汗问题工作时,来到国务院与他和理查德•霍尔布鲁克(Richard Holbrooke)等人会见的情景。瓦利,谢谢你的莅临。感谢你为SAIS贡献你的智慧。

十分、十分感谢SAIS全体人员使我今天有机会来到这里,与你们谈谈涉及与中国的这种特殊关系的一些想法。这是很重要的关系。我很高兴来到这里,眼前有很多移动设备。(笑声)这是一个崭新的世界。我可以告诉你们,2004年我竞选总统期间,从来没有在讲话的时候面对这种长方形设备一字排开的阵势。(笑声) 那时候往往只有一个人,就是对方人员听你说的每一句话,为的是给你找麻烦,如果你没有自找麻烦的话。

无论如何,再过几个小时我就准备动身了。实际上,我会直接从这里前往机场-- 按照国务卿经常性的出访规律 --今晚前往巴黎(Paris),明天举行会晤,然后去北京、马斯喀特(Muscat),讨论伊朗核项目问题,再回到北京出席与中国政府的双边会谈,然后返回,可能回到华盛顿(Washington)。但现在很多情况都没有定,很难说到哪里。所以我很高兴有机会在动身前与你们大家谈谈实际问题,谈谈一个关键的问题。

这所学院由保罗·尼采(Paul Nitze)和克里斯琴·赫脱(Christian Herter)在第二次世界大战(World War II)期间创建。我很自豪地说,两人都来自马萨诸塞州(Massachusetts)。(笑声)他们能够 -- 你们已经读到有关他们的报道,他们有过人的睿智,即使在那个年代就预见第二次世界大战后全世界将发生翻天覆地的变化, 对外政策的制定者也必须随之作出改变,不仅需要跟上潮流,而且需要引领大势,提出自己的远见卓识,能够高瞻远瞩,认识到美国怎样才能保持强盛,发挥领导作用,引领其他国家,与其他国家共襄盛举,日益促进其他国家发挥自主能力。我们通过马歇尔计划(Marshall Plan)这样做了,你们很多人都可能知道,当年这个计划很受欢迎,成功地帮助各国进行重建,建立了民主政体,指出了新的方向。


美国伟大的哲学家约吉·贝拉(Yogi Berra)曾说过,“预测是很困难的工作,尤其是预测未来。”(笑声)他的确这样说过。(笑声) 我知道,对未来进行预测显然一贯存在风险,但我两项预测很有把握:亚太(Asia Pacific)是全球最有希望的地区之一,而且美国的未来、安全和繁荣与这个地区有紧密的关联,发生越来越多的联系。

8月份,我从缅甸和澳大利亚访问回来后,曾在夏威夷(Honolulu)的东西方中心(East-West Center)发表讲话,谈到欧巴马总统向亚太再平衡的问题及我们高度重视与日本、韩国、澳大利亚、泰国和菲律宾的长期联盟关系,以及我们与东南亚国家联盟(ASEAN)和东南亚国家蓬勃发展的关系。我在当时的讲话中谈到体现再平衡战略的4个具体机会,或者说是希望实现的目标。

首先,开创可持续经济增长的机会,其中包括最后完成跨太平洋伙伴关系(Trans-Pacific Partnership)的谈判。跨太平洋伙伴关系不仅仅是一个贸易协定,而且也是美国与其他太平洋国家联系在一起,同心协力实现共同繁荣的战略机遇。其次,推进清洁能源的革命有助于我们战胜气候变化,同时为全世界各经济体发挥激励作用。第三,增进该地区的各项机制,加强有助于促进该地区以规则为准绳和实现稳定的惯例,从而缓和紧张关系,促进地区合作。第四,倡导亚太各地人民在获得尊严、安全和机会的环境下生活的自主权。

这些都是我们再平衡的目标。这些都是我们正努力追求的目标。我们正与亚洲各地的盟国和伙伴共同努力。这些都是下星期总统将在北京举行的亚太经合(Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation)会议及此后在缅甸举行的东亚峰会(East Asia Summit)期间与其他领导人进行讨论的目标。



大约一年前,崔大使在SAIS发表讲话,认为美中关系 “最重要,也最敏感;最全面,也最复杂;最有希望,也最具有挑战性。”所有这些特征都的确存在,但是我想冒昧地再加一条:美中关系对今日世界具有最重大的影响。这一点确凿无疑。两国关系将为决定21世纪的走向产生诸多影响。

这意味着,我们必须正确地加以把握。这正是欧巴马总统自开始执政以来重点进行的工作。他6年多来努力进行的建设以及我们对今后两年继续进行努力作出的承诺是与中国发展具有原则性和富有成效的关系。正是因为如此,他和我都与中方有关官员面对面进行了数十次会晤。正是因为如此,去年6月习主席上任后不久,欧巴马总统作为东道主主持了森尼兰峰会(Sunnylands summit)。正是因为如此,我在几个星期前邀请中国国务委员杨洁篪、大使和代表团其他人员前往我的家乡波士顿(Boston)访问。我们在那里共同度过了一天半的时间,为我们双方的关系梳理新的机会。正是因为如此,下星期我将陪同总统前往中国,踏上近两年前我担任国务卿以来第4次访问中国的旅程。

中国的面积及其经济规模以及目前正在迅速发生的重大变化意味着,从根本上说我们双方的关系具有巨大的潜力。我们作为全世界两个大国和最大的经济体,有广泛的机会为众多的任何问题规划具有建设性的道路,从气候变化到全球贸易。而且很显然,我们这样做符合双方的根本利益。为此,我们双方的关系必须得到认真的管理和指导 -- 不靠什么新的计谋,也无需故作姿态,而是树立长远的战略眼光,辛勤耕耘,凭借健全的外交和良好的关系。


美国的中国政策实际上以两大支柱为基点:建设性地管理我们的分歧 -- 的确存在分歧 -- 同时也建设性地在拥有一致利益的一系列广泛问题上协调双方的努力。毋庸置疑,我们非常清楚,美国和中国是两个非常不同的国家。我们的政治体制不同,历史不同,文化不同——而且很重要的是,我们对一些重大问题看法不同。两国领导人都认为,必须将我们的分歧摆在台面上,仔细讨论,并且管理和通过努力逐渐缩小这些分歧。坦白说,这些辩论不是公开进行,我们大部分谈话都不会见诸新闻。但我可以肯定地告诉你们,每当两国领导人会晤时,都会针对棘手的问题进行长时间讨论。

当我们说管理我们之间的分歧时,它并不是同意保留不同意见的代义词。例如,当谈到海上安全时——尤其是在南中国海和东中国海(South and East China Seas),我们不会仅仅同意保留不同意见。美国不是索求方。我们对其他各方的各种领土索求不持立场,但是,我们对如何进行索求以及如何解决那些分歧持坚定立场。因此,我们对南中国海日益加剧的紧张局势深感关注。我们始终敦促各方按照国际法的规定提出索求,保持自我克制,和平解决分歧,并且为达成一项有助于在未来减少冲突可能的行为准则取得迅速和有意义的进展。美国将以不涉及索求是非曲直的方式,努力协助实现这种进程,因为这样做会扩大稳定和在其他领域进行合作的更多机会。




那么这样的领域有哪些呢?大好的机会在哪里呢? 首先是从经济开始。三十五年前,在美国和中国刚发展外交关系时,两国间基本没有贸易。今天,我们的商品和服务贸易每一年都达到近6,000亿美元。我们的相互投资达到近1,000亿美元。人们读到大量有关美国工商企业前往中国的报道,但让我来告诉你们,其实今天正在有更多的中国工商企业在美国开业。我们欢迎这种情况。实际上,我们为鼓励中方来这里投资做了很多工作,与此同时,我们在中国的使领馆也在为美国工商企业寻找在那边的机会作出极大努力。

即便美中两国公司在市场上竞争,对方具有良好的经济状况也与我们各自的利益极其攸关。事实上,全世界都与中美两国的经济活力利益攸关。因此,我们注重增进我们两国之间的贸易和投资,包括通过正在进行的高标准的双边投资协定。建立起能够更好保护太平洋两岸工商企业和投资者的行事规则,将有助双方经济继续增长和繁荣。 彼得森国际经济研究所 (Peterson Institute for International Economics)最近的一项研究显示,如果我们能够大大开放贸易和投资,我们两国可共享每年几乎5,000亿美元的增长。


去年在北京,杨国务委员和我启动了美中气候变化工作组(U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group),这个工作组已经在进行试点项目、政策交流以及其他工作。我们把气候变化问题提升到部长级,让我们能够持续在高层处理这个问题。从那时起,我们也一直在不断进行商讨,以便确保国际社会尽一切可能,在明年全体聚会巴黎时,能够达成一项成功的大规模气候协议。我们在二月份宣布准备开展信息交流和政策讨论,以便制定各自计划,为我刚才提到的2015年联合国气候谈判确定更强有力的国内排放目标。顺便说一句,我们很快将在秘鲁利马(Lima)举行会议,作为明年巴黎会的前奏。所以这方面将会有很多努力。


因此,我们需要共同解决这个问题。为什么?因为我们两国中的任何一国都不可能单独解决问题。即使美国每一个人都骑车上班,或者拼车上学,或者家里只使用太阳能——如果我们把我们的排放减到零,如果在美国的每一个人都种一打12 棵树,如果我们设法消除了国内所有温室气体排放,你猜怎样?它仍然不足以抵消来自中国和世界其余国家的碳污染。如果中国停止所有排放而我们继续照旧,中国也会面对同样的情况。我们会使他们的增长付诸东流,他们也会使我们的增长化为乌有。因为在今天,哪怕只有一个或两个大型经济体忽视对这一威胁作出反应,都会将其他所有地方的成果一笔勾销。

世界各国共同应对这一威胁的紧迫性从未像现在这样严重,这不仅仅是一个环境威胁,而且也是一个经济威胁,一个安全威胁,一个健康威胁。之所以也是安全威胁是因为,我们将看到在一些国家出现流离失所的难民,因为巨大的变化影响了粮食生产能力,影响了水源供应,影响了生存,而这将改变世界安全和冲突的性质。这是我们所面对的现实。这就是为什么必须要美国和中国在全球发挥带头作用 ,通过真正的减排踏上真正的进步道路。


你猜怎样?你还恰好能让经济更上一层楼,带来数百万就业机会。你会创造出我们不曾有的经济机会,因为未来的全球能源市场将成为世界自有史以来所知的最大市场。从现在到2035年,在能源行业的投资预期将达到近17万亿美元。让美国所有人变得富有的那个市场——20世纪90年代所有人看到了收入增加, 20世纪90年代创造了我国有史以来规模最大的财富——它是一个1万亿美元、拥有10亿用户的市场。能源市场今天是一个6万亿美元市场,拥有40到50亿用户,在未来30、40、50年里用户人数将可能增长到90亿。想想看。17万亿美元超过了中国加印度全部国内生产值的总和。通过一些明智的选择,我们能够一起确保清洁能源在全球能源业中对投资最具有吸引力,世界各地的实业家可以通过发明创造有助于我们走出这种困境和让地球更健康的新方法而发财致富。

我们如果无所作为,这一切都不会发生。在气候和清洁能源问题上,我们两国如何发挥领导作用 -- 中国和美国 -- 或者不发挥领导作用,都会产生影响,这关系到我们能否充分利用这个前所未有的经济机会,关系到全世界能否有效地应对气候变化及其对全球安全、繁荣和健康构成的威胁。


在抗击伊斯兰国(ISIL)等暴力极端主义团伙的问题上也可以取得成效。这些团伙试图在全球每一个角落对人民造成伤害。合作有助于为阿富汗等地带来稳定。今天,我们作为合作伙伴支持政治凝聚,防止阿富汗再次沦为恐怖主义的安全巢穴。我们欢迎中国作为阿富汗地区重要角色发挥的作用。实际上就在上星期,加尼(Ghani)总统、我们的阿富汗和巴基斯坦事务特别代表丹·费尔德曼(Dan Feldman)和欧巴马总统顾问约翰·波德斯塔(John Podesta)都前往北京出席有关支持阿富汗和平与重建的会议。

最近在我们看到埃博拉疫情蔓延之际,中国也表示准备为战胜国际性危机发挥更大的作用 -- 包括远在亚洲以外地区,甚至在地球另一边出现的危机。我们十分感谢中国至今承诺为解决埃博拉危机提供1.3亿美元的援助和物资。上星期,中国宣布计划派遣中国人民解放军某部前往利比里亚参加管理危机的行动。这是全球领导作用,具有重要意义,与我们的合作十分值得赞赏。





在两国政府之间,我们正在做出比以往更多的努力,以确保做到这一点。我和财政部长杰克·卢(Jack Lew)定期与我们在同中国进行的战略与经济对话(Strategic and Economic Dialogue)中的有关官员会面。今天,尽管我们总共展开了100多项不同的双边对话,涵盖从贸易到运输的方方面面,但我们实际上着重于在最高级别的定期对话。


我们改善我们之间的联系的最佳方式之一是扩大学生交换——我刚刚停下来见到了来自SAIS 的在这里参加交换项目的一些学生,而且我们都——我希望你们都知道欧巴马总统的10万人留学计划(100,000 Strong initiative)。今天,在美国留学的中国学生比其他任何一个国家都多,而且我们正在积极投资于扩大美国学生出国到中国学习的机会的各种途径,因为我们认识到,没有什么比切实获得到另一个国家生活、透过另一个视角观察世界以及缔结能够延续几十年的友谊的机会更能促成相互理解了。


请让我借这个机会说明,我刚刚讲到的并不是什么惊天动地的新原则。这是SAIS 长期以来一直深知的一个原则。你们在南京建立国际校区已有近30年了,它侧重于方方面面,从促进学生交换到未来商务及种种关系的一切前景。其结果是,它的学生面对我们所处的这个全球化世界比大多数人都更有准备。但不论你们相信与否,有很多地方并不像你们这样认为这是理所当然的,对于他们而言这实际上是一个新的事业,即便是在2014年的今天。

因此,我要感谢戴维·兰普顿(David Lampton)以及SAIS 的其他人士为这一努力发挥的领导作用。最终,美国和中国需要找到更多的方式在更多的政府层面接触交往,涉及更多的部门以及生活在我们两国各个地方的更多的人民。这些联系将帮助我们加深相互理解并在向前推进的过程中打造一种更好的关系。这些联系将帮助我们解决分歧,而且最终将能消除滋生不信任的误解和固有观念,这些联系还将帮助我们向同一个方向推进,并利用我们两国所拥有的相互帮助乃至最终帮助全世界的独特的机会。


在很多方面,我们今天所处的世界与19世纪和18世纪的全球外交时代更加相似,存在权力平衡以及不同的利益,与我们在冷战(Cold War)时期以及20世纪大部分时期所处的一分为二的两极化的世界不太一样。新兴大国的格局突然有了一种新动向。但猜猜结果怎样?他们正在做我们希望他们做的事情。今天向其他国家提供援助的捐助国中至少有15个在短短10到15年前自己还是受援国。我们欢迎这些国家的成长,从而承担他们的全球责任并发挥得到增强的全球能力以产生影响。




保罗·尼采在垂暮之年被问及他对马歇尔计划(Marshall Plan)、北约组织(NATO)以及美国同苏联的关系所做的卓越贡献。他没有夸大其词,也没有自吹自擂,他只是说:“我一生极其幸运。我生活在一个重大事业需要完成的时代。”



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My Favorite Class at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center

HNC Certificate/SAIS MA student Tyler Makepeace reflects on one of his favorite classes at the HNC and the experience of writing academic papers in Chinese:

One of my best classes at the HNC was undoubtedly Chinese Government and Politics, taught by Professor Qi Lingling. Every day she would begin the class by handing out a news article related to the class, and after giving us time to read, she would begin a short discussion about the article, which would always flow right into our lecture. Qi Lingling was not only extremely knowledgeable about Chinese politics, and particularly in village-level elections, but was also passionate about analyzing contemporary Chinese government and politics and methods for reform. She would often stop in the middle of a lecture, and, sometimes rather abruptly, state “Students, I have something troubling to tell you…” and then launch into a discussion about a recent scandal or issue.

For her final assessment, Professor Qi Lingling requested that we write a paper at least 4,500 character long, slightly longer than the average 3,000-4,000-character limit for papers at the HNC. Before coming to the HNC, the longest paper I ever had to write in Mandarin was just shy of 1,500 characters, and was not a research paper. Therefore, the thought of having to write a paper three times that length was daunting to say the least. However, many of my international classmates were in the same position, and working together with them in the library helped me stay motivated to keep improving my paper.

After quite a bit of brainstorming in the library, I decided to write my final paper on the CCP’s policy towards entrepreneurs, and particularly how entrepreneurial membership in the CCP has affected reforms in China. I was able to use the recent pronouncements from the Third Plenum, as well as several other news articles and academic papers for my Chinese sources, but also had to include several English sources in order to round out my thesis and research. The research experience gained from writing final papers at the HNC was not the only benefit. I am also now confident in my ability to write professional papers in Mandarin.