UMD: A Globally Connected University




Originally founded by the former Ambassador to China, James Lilley, in 1996 as the Institute of Global Chinese Affairs, the University of Maryland’s Office of China Affairs works with Chinese and American partners to strengthen institutions, advance knowledge of best practices, and facilitate collaboration between American and Chinese professionals working in the public interest. We are the only training facility at the University of Maryland that has a partnership with China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs to conduct training programs for Chinese officials and administrators.

The United States and China play leading roles in shaping international standards, practices, and institutions that affect public welfare. Positive working relations between the U.S. and China, based on mutual understanding and built through cooperation, are essential to international stability and common prosperity. The specialized training programs at UMD not only provide a tangible and direct opportunity to contribute to China’s deepening reform efforts, but also serve as a valuable platform for international exchange. Few other programs offer speakers and partners a chance to engage with such a variety of Chinese officials and policy practitioners.

UMD’s Office of China Affairs has extensive expertise in providing professional, focused, policy-relevant training programs to Chinese government officials, administrators, and educators. All of our programs have professional interpreters providing top-quality interpretation and translation. We have two decades of experience in providing effective China-focused programming.

We also offer custom briefings and training sessions for American business people and government administrators with interests in China, drawing on a wealth of China expertise both in our office and in the Washington D.C. area.

If you are interested in collaborating with us on a training program or would like to request a briefing or get more information, please email us.