April 1, 2016
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) hosted a briefing and reception for a group of 19 senators and representatives from the U.S. Congress. The study tour was organized by the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC and was led by Bill Nell, Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program. The delegation included international and Chinese experts, including Robert Daly, a former American Co-Director of the HNC (2001–2007) and current Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center.
Co-Director He Chengzhou briefed the delegation about the HNC’s history as the first Western educational joint venture in modern China and its mission to educate leaders with superior skills in Mandarin and English and cultural adaptability to play a critical role in managing Sino-global relations in both public and private institutions around the world. The members of Congress and accompanying scholars toured the campus, including the HNC library, one of only two uncensored research libraries in China.
Following a community reception, several HNC students and faculty members joined the delegation for dinner. The following afternoon the delegation visited the Nanjing Massacre Memorial and toured the Nanjing city wall, parts of which date back to the Ming-dynasty.