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

Friday, June 10, 2016

30 Things to Love about the HNC

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration is just one week away! In honor of the 30th anniversary year, we have compiled a list of 30 things to love about the HNC.
  1. HNC graduates become part of the 2600 HNC alumni network who occupy positions of responsibility in all areas of China’s global relations.
  2. The HNC has intellectual freedom to discuss, debate and learn with Chinese peers and faculty.
  3. HNC students form a dragon boat team and participate in the Nanjing dragon boat competition, a time honored tradition in China. This year the HNC team placed third in the final competition!
    2016 HNC Dragon Boat Team
  4. Nanjing is less than a 2 hour train ride away from the international center of Shanghai.
  5. HNC Students and faculty have access to the HNC’s uncensored library with over 120,000 volumes in Chinese and English.  
    Hopkins-Nanjing Center Library
  6. Students get one-on-one attention from faculty members with small class sizes and weekly office hours.
  7. HNC grads can be found at Apple, the U.S. Treasury, U.S. State Department, the U.S.-China Business Council and in jobs where China matters around the world which emphasizes China’s continued importance.
  8. Students have free access to a 24/7 fitness room at the HNC in addition to discounted rates at all of Nanjing University’s facilities. 
  9. HNC students have the opportunity to take multidisciplinary classes—from environmental law to game theory to anthropology.
  10. There are opportunities to learn about Chinese culture through calligraphy, Tai Qi and Erhu classes.
  11. Every year HNC students form a student band (or two) and perform at HNC events throughout the year.
  12. The HNC has modern facilities including heating and dryers—a rarity in southern China.
  13. Double the holidays! The HNC celebrates Chinese and American holidays like the Mid-Autumn Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  14. HNC students (and professors!) hang out and chat at the HNC’s student-run coffee shop.
  15. The HNC career treks bring students to organizations in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing to hear firsthand from professionals in the field. 
    2016 Beijing Trek
  16. The HNC hosts talks from leaders in the field. The HNC has welcomed Former US Sectary of State, Henry Kissinger, Former US President George Bush and former US Ambassador to China, John Huntsman Jr.—just to name a few.
  17. The bilingual environment extends outside of the classroom. International and Chinese students live together as roommates in the student dorms.
  18. The HNC students participate in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In 2012 and 2016, the HNC team placed in the finals in DC—an extraordinary result for a small institution with no law school.
    HNC 2016 Moot Court team at the Jessup International Law Moot Court finals
  19. Faculty members take students outside of the classroom on field trips to international organizations, power plants, rural villages and court rooms.
  20. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center makes every effort to support students with funding their education. 100% of students who apply for financial aid by the application deadline of February 1st receive a fellowship.
  21. There are endless activities to take part in: board games in the lounge, movie showings, student interest groups that range from philosophy to basketball.
  22. Students, faculty and staff show off their skills in ping pong, badminton and billiards tournaments.
  23. A full-time Career Services Officer invites organizations to the HNC, holds skills workshops and provides assistance with internship and job searches. 
  24. HNC students give back to the Nanjing community by volunteering as student teachers at local schools. 
  25.  The HNC is a multicultural community with about 15% of students coming from countries other than the US and China. This year we have students from South Korea, Israel, Jamaica, Peru and Russia—just to name a few.
  26. Students use holiday and summer breaks to travel all around China and Asia. Students’ self-travel have taken them to places like Japan, Cambodia, Sichuan, Huangshan and Guangdong.
  27. The HNC is located in the heart of Nanjing and yet close to Xuanwu Park and Purple Mountain.
  28. The HNC curriculum reflects current issues facing China’s global impact and US-China relations. Courses range from China’s Development and Environment to the Politics of Rural China.
  29. MAIS students research, write and orally defend theses all in Chinese. Past topics have included the Role of the Maritime Militia and the Challenges of Building a Child Protection System in China.
  30. The HNC was founded just after the US and China formalized relations. With 30 years of history, the HNC continues its longstanding commitment to US-China relations.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

International Dispute Resolution Course by HNC Professor Mushkat

Hi Everyone!

Today I wanted to highlight one of my favorite classes at the center I’m taking this semester—Professor Mushkat’s International Dispute Resolution course. MAIS students at the Hopkins Nanjing Center are required to take at least one class in every concentration. While I’m not concentrating in International Law at the HNC, but I took this course to fulfill this requirement. On top of that, the course sounded really interesting to me as it touches on legal aspects and mechanisms vital to international relations and negotiations.

First and foremost, I will say I have the utmost respect for Professor Mushkat. I say this because I am definitely challenged in her class even though it is in my native language. However, Professor Mushkat makes the class accessible for non-law concentration students and non-native English language students. She provides useful readings, which she supplements with her succinct in-class lectures. 

Don’t expect to be sitting through lectures the entire class though because she will test your knowledge and ask for your opinion on dispute resolution methods. This will require you to understand context and meanings of legal ‘jargon’.

My favorite part of the class though are the simulation modules you begin halfway through the semester. The first module our class tackled was the Mekong River Dispute. Everyone in the class was assigned positions in a conference dealing with resolving dam building disputes along the Mekong River. I was the ASEAN 2016 Chair represented by Laos. Ultimately, we came to a successful resolution but only after some elbow jabbing. 

This week we are going to tackle the dispute between Georgia and Russia where we will evaluate the effectiveness of filing a case with the International Court of Justice. Lots of reading to do!

Written by Chelsea Toczauer, MAIS Student