USCET: A History

The Early Years

Jaime FlorCruzAfter two years of effort, Peking University, supported by Ambassador Chang Bloch and a Fulbright professor, established an all-university survey course on American Civilization, which continues to be one of the most popular classes on campus today. Ambassador Chang Bloch also served as a Visiting Professor at Fudan University, inaugurating USCET's election programs to offer students and faculty ringside seats at party conventions, presidential debates and campaigns.

Based on the success of those lectures, USCET and Fudan University's Center for American Studies launched China's first Congressional Studies program for a broader audience in 2001.

Early yearsJulia Chang Bloch, who served as US Ambassador to Nepal from 1989-93, planted the seeds for USCET while a Visiting Professor at Peking University in 1998-1999, presenting seminars on US-China Relations and American Domestic Politics and organizing an international conference on the Asian financial crisis.

Formed through the F.Y. Chang Foundation, USCET would come to develop programs centered on American Governance and American Studies but extending to broader issues related to the role of the media and the rule of law in US-China relations.



经过两年的努力,在Chang Bloch大使和一名来自Fulbright的教授的支持下,北京大学成功开设了一门关于美国文明的调查性课程,这门课程至今还广受学生们的欢迎。Chang Bloch大使还担任了复旦大学的客座教授,开创了USCET的选举项目,为学生与教师们在政党代表大会、总统辩论、和竞选活动中提供旁听席位。


曾在1989-1993年期间担任美国驻尼泊尔大使的Julia Chang Bloch在1998-1999年担任北京大学客座教授期间,为USCET播下了种子,就中美关系和美国国内政治问题举行了研讨会,并组织了一次有关亚洲金融危机国际会议。

USCET是通过F.Y. Chang基金会成立的,它开发以美国治理和美国研究为中心的项目,未来将扩展到研究媒体的作用和中美关系中与法治相关的更广泛的问题。




USCET selected its first Chinese graduate and undergraduate students to participate in The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) Summer Institutes at Georgetown University.

With the support over the years of the C.V. Starr, Shelby Cullom Davis, and Kathleen Davis Foundations, alumni of the USCET-TFAS Fellows program (22 as of 2009) have held internships, attended classes at Georgetown, and been briefed at the White House, Capitol Hill, and federal and multilateral agencies.

Program alumni have gone on to graduate study and careers in government, academia, and politics.

Chinese studentsUSCET's Congressional Practicum focused on the mid-term elections in 2002. Charlie Cook, a leading non-partisan authority on US politics and elections, offered comments on the campaign via a digital video interaction with an active Chinese audience.

Chinese participants in the Congressional Studies programs gain valuable insights into the US political system from prominent American lawmakers, journalists, election analysts, and China experts.



USCET在这一年间选择了第一批中国本科生和研究生参加乔治城大学(Georgetown University)的美国研究基金 (TFAS) 暑期研究所。

在C.V. Starr、Shelby Cullom Davis和Kathleen Davis基金会多年的支持下,USCET-TFAS研究员项目的校友们进行了实习,在乔治城大学上课,并在白宫、国会山、和联邦及多边机构听取了简报。


USCET的国会实践项目集中于2002年的中期选举。美国政治和选举领域的无党派权威Charlie Cook通过数字视频对此次竞选发表了评论并与中国观众进行互动。




David Broder2004 witnessed a number of firsts for USCET. Fudan University hosted USCET's first American Studies Network Conference in Shanghai. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Broder of the Washington Post, who has covered every presidential convention and campaign since 1960, became USCET's first Journalist in Residence, sharing his current and historic perspectives on the media's role in elections.

The Congressional Practicum also thrived in an election year, and USCET sponsored the first-ever Chinese delegation attendance at a live presidential debate at the University of Miami.

Central Party School eventIn 2005, USCET held its annual American Studies Conference, 'The United States in War and Peace', at Yunnan University. The Conference has become the most prominent annual meeting of American Studies experts in China.

USCET also launched the American Studies Associates program, sending experts to Chinese universities linked to the growing American Studies network. One associate helped Northeastern University professors in Changchun craft an inter-disciplinary course in American Society and Culture based on team teaching, an unusual technique in China.

Economic RoundtableUSCET also presented the first of a series of roundtables on economic topics to help reduce tensions surrounding US-China economic relations. The first event was held at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Separately, the Congressional Practicum took center stage as part of a Symposium on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Fudan University's Center for American Studies. Two former U.S. Senators, Republican Larry Pressler and Democrat Harris Wofford, participated and offered perspectives on Congressional input into US-China relations.



2004年见证了USCET许多个第一次。复旦大学在上海举办了首届USCET美国研究网络会议。此外,从1960年就开始报道每一次总统会议和竞选的普利策奖得主、《华盛顿邮报》记者David Broder也成为了USCET首位常驻记者,分享了他过去和现在对媒体在选举中的作用的看法。

美国国会实践项目也在选举年蓬勃发展,USCET在迈阿密大学(University of Miami)举办了有史以来第一次有中国代表团参加的总统辩论。




另外,在复旦大学美国研究中心成立20周年之际,国会实践项目作为研讨会的一部分占据了中心舞台。两位前美国参议员,共和党人Larry Pressler和民主党人Harris Wofford参与并提供了有关国会对中美关系投入的看法。



FMI students in action.USCET's inaugural Financial Media Institute opened at Fudan University's School of Journalism. Directed by Terry Smith of PBS and Al Kamen of the Washington Post, the program brought together 22 journalism students from across China to complete an intensive certificate program.

2006 also saw USCET cooperating with the U.S. Department of Labor in delivering its first legislative training program with the Peoples Congresses of Shanghai and Chongqing on Mine Safety. The program, designed to help China develop and implement laws to prevent mine accidents and deaths, addressed a high priority area of Chinese policymaking.

William RaspberryUSCET's third Journalist in Residence, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Bill Raspberry, enthralled audiences at four Chinese universities, covering topics ranging from the US civil rights movement to journalism's impact on world opinion.

In another program, and as part of USCET's annual Congressional Practicum, experts from China's Institute for International Strategic Studies of the Central Party School exchanged analyses and vigorously debated critical and issues related to the US role in Cross-Straits relations.




USCET的首届财经新闻工作坊项目在复旦大学新闻学院正式召开,由美国公共广播电视公司的Terry Smith和华盛顿邮报的Al Kamen共同指导。该项目汇集了22位来自中国的新闻专业的学生,完成一个强化型课程并获得证书。


USCET第三位常驻记者、普利策奖得主、《华盛顿邮报》专栏作家Bill Raspberry的讲座吸引了四所中国大学的观众,话题从美国民权运动到新闻业对世界舆论的影响,包罗万象。




Maurice GreenbergThe first Greenberg / Starr Scholarships, named in honor of Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and C.V. Starr, were awarded to 10 gifted students from some of China's poorest homes as they matriculated at Yunnan University in Fall 2007.

Greenberg / Starr Scholars are selected annually in concert with Yunnan University. Greenberg / Starr Scholars pledge to give back to their communities after completing their studies in fields such as law, drug enforcement, social welfare, journalism, education and archeology.


Central Party School eventUSCET held its first Symposium at the Chinese Central Party School in 2007, organizing a group of eight American speakers to participate in panel discussions on Congress and the Rise of China with top Chinese experts.

U.S. panelists at the 2007 Symposium were leading commentators of US executive and legislative branch priorities and politics. Panelists included researchers at leading think tanks, government officials, and academics.


Gwen IfillGwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week and Vice Presidential Debate Host, was the first broadcaster to serve as the USCET Journalist in Residence (JIR) in 2007. Ifill engaged in animated discussions with audiences in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

The year also saw USCET select its first Media Fellow, a member of the faculty at Fudan University who completed a semester as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. This program allows journalism school faculty the opportunity to gain US media experience and conduct research on topics of interest during their time in the US.



第一届以Maurice "Hank" Greenberg 和 C.V. Starr命名的Greenberg/Starr奖学金被授予给了十名来自中国贫困家庭的学生。他们已经被云南大学录取。




Gwen Ifill是《华盛顿周刊》的主持人和执行主编,也是副总统候选人辩论的主持人。他是2007年第一位担任USCET常驻记者的播音员。Ifill与北京、广州、香港和上海的观众都进行了生动的讨论。

今年USCET也选择了第一位媒体研究员。他是复旦大学的职员,刚刚在马里兰大学Philip Merril新闻学院做完一学期的访问学者。这个项目让新闻学院的教职人员有机会获得在美国媒体的经验,并在美国期间可以对感兴趣的话题进行研究。




David BroderUSCET's Summer Institute for the Study of the US for Chinese University faculty was launched at Beijing Foreign Studies University with a pre-Institute workshop.

A group of 12 professors, representing 10 Chinese universities, then spent three weeks in Washington, D.C., taking classes and conducting research in their fields at George Washington University, before traveling the country for an additional week. Participants returned to China with a deeper understanding of the United States, its culture, and its institutions, and were better able to develop their universities' American Studies programs.

Frank FahrenkopfUSCET partnered with the China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Tsinghua University, the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), and Shanghai Jiaotung University for the third round of its Presidential Election Programs.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. offered an insider's view on tactics, strategies and the role of political parties in winning the nomination and the White House.

Fahrenkopf's timely visit drew an overflow of crowds and offered a unique opportunity for interpretation of U.S. Presidential election results and discussion of the electoral process.






前共和党全国委员会主席Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.就赢得提名和入主白宫的战术、策略和政党角色提出了内部人士的看法。




USCET held its "Double Decade Celebration", commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the F.Y. Chang Foundation and the 10th Anniversary of the formation of the US-China Education Trust, in January 2009.

The occasion honored then-U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. "Hank" Paulson for his contributions to US-China relations. 

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao also joined Special Guest Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong and 160 guests in commemorating the occasion and honoring the memory of F.Y. Chang.

A group of leading Chinese legal scholars, including F.Y. Chang Scholars and invited guests, as well as prominent American legal scholars and practitioners came together in November 2008 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the F.Y. Chang Scholars program. The event was co-sponsored by Harvard Law School and the F.Y. Chang Foundation & the US-China Education Trust.

The Symposium's theme was, "Legal Education: Reshaping China and the World." The Symposium featured leading scholars, officials, and lawyers, and included panels on "The Chinese Legal Landscape: Achievements and Challenges" and "The Legal Framework for Conducting Business in China." U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the Annual F.Y. Chang Lecture and keynoted the symposium luncheon.




这个场合也是为了纪念美国财政部长Henry M. Hank Paulson对中美关系的贡献。

美国劳动部长Elaine Chao、特别嘉宾中国大使周文重、以及160名嘉宾一起庆祝和纪念F.Y. Chang。

2008年11月,中国著名法律学者们,包括F.Y. Chang学者和受邀嘉宾,以及著名的美国法律学者和实践者齐聚一堂,共同纪念F.Y. Chang学人计划成立20周年。该活动由哈佛大学法学院和USCET共同赞助。

研讨会的主题是“法制教育:重塑中国和世界”。研讨会由主要学者、官员和律师组成,包括“中国法律环境:成就和挑战”和“在中国开展业务的法律框架”专题小组。Antonin Scalia发表了演讲以及在研讨会的午宴上发言。