Zhao Ma, Associate Professor of Chinese History and Culture, discusses unique features of a bed from the Qing Dynasty Era. He is leading an effort to restore the bed. The bed was on display in Brookings Quadrangle for students to examine.

Cultural history, from furniture assembly to 3D modeling

Cultural historians often analyze household objects as if they were literary texts, studying the way that the material culture of everyday life reflects social and economic mores. In Zhao Ma’s Chinese civilization course students visit the St. Louis Art Museum to analyze vases and silks up-close. Just outside of Brookings Hall, they got even closer, […]

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Expanding skills of China’s social work labor force

Through a series of events that the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis and its international partners organized at campuses in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere over a decade, leaders in China’s professional social work organizations came to recognize the potential for training in financial matters and to explore […]

Taiwan MOE Fellows

Meet our current Taiwan MOE-WashU Fellows Alumni Taiwan MOE-WashU Fellows Alumni of the Taiwan Ministry of Education-Washington University Scholarship Program are scientists, educators, professionals, and historians all making an impact in their workplaces and communities. This elite, talented group also includes graduate students who have concluded the program but continue to work toward completing doctoral […]

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Taiwan MOE Scholarship

Washington University in St. Louis and the Taiwan Ministry of Education continue their partnership to attract and educate highly talented students to pursue their PhD. Since 2012, the Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) and Washington University have jointly supported more than 50 PhD students in the Taiwan MOE-WashU Scholarship in a range of programs such as […]

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Do US-China educational exchanges serve American interests?

Kurt Dirks, vice chancellor for international affairs and director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy joined an expert panel of policymakers and education administrators to offer perspectives on the current state of U.S.-China educational exchanges and the future direction of such programs. The event was hosted by the John L. Thornton China Center at the […]

Addressing Covid-19 through AI, technology and big data

For a second year, the McDonnellAcademy and the Social Policy Institute partnered to provide seed grants for international research. The previous round supported three international social-policy focused projects. This year’s focus was on addressing the challenges of COVID-19 through artificial intelligence, technology, and big data. Three new projects were selected to receive seed funding of […]

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Research highlights importance of social resilience in Bronze Age China

Anthropologist T.R. Kidder in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis published new research that shows that aridification in the central plains of China during the early Bronze Age did not cause population collapse. The results highlight the importance of social resilience to climate change. Climate alone is not a driver for human […]

School of Law enters second-year partnership with Fudan University

The Washington University in St. Louis School of Law is entering the second year of its partnership with the Fudan University Law School in China. The program allows a cohort of students from Fudan to study at the School of Law. Through the partnership, students in Fudan University’s Juris Master program study for one year […]

WUSTL China Forum

The United States’ and Beijing’s latest confrontations have escalated tension between the two nations. The WUSTL China Forum has invited distinguished speakers from the U.S. and China to explore the relationship between two world powers and how the international community will be involved in the intersection. A New Cold WarThe Future of US-China Relations Wednesday […]

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Pioneering work at the Center for Social Development influences financial social work in China

In a national effort to alleviate poverty, China has already invested deeply in financial technology (“FinTech”) to achieve financial inclusion. In this context, financial social work (FSW) is a good fit with China’s public priorities and the interests of social workers, researchers, policymakers and educators. Over the course of two decades, Washington University’s Center for […]

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