Rutgers has an extensive and growing network of active relationships with universities and institutes in China. Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students can do Chinese language studies at Jilin University either during the summer sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) as part of the study abroad program or spend a semester or school year in Changchun as part of a larger exchange and cooperation agreement between the two universities. The Rutgers Business School in Newark and New Brunswick pioneered American-style business education in China in 1994, and now offers an International Executive MBA Program in Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore. The Graduate School of Education (GSE) has had longstanding ties with the Beijing Language and Culture University and is currently exploring new areas and means of cooperation and exchange. The School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) offers a Global Executive Masters in human resource leadership in Shanghai. The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) maintains cooperation and exchange with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and many other universities and institutions in China. The Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science has cooperation with the Institute of Psychology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) has a student exchange program with Renmin University of China.
In Rutgers’ expansion of its cooperation and exchange with China, the Confucius Institute at Rutgers University (CIRU) has played an important role. It maintains close contact with Jilin University and the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. The CIRU has received many visiting faculty members from Jilin University who participate in the instructional programs of CIRU and the ALC.
In the summer of 2010, the CIRU made arrangements for a group of 50 students from Jilin University to study English at the Program in American Language Studies (PALS) at Rutgers. The CIRU has made great efforts in promoting Chinese Studies and the understanding of contemporary China. In June of 2010, an international conference on Chinese thought was held at Rutgers. The ALC and CIRU are also active in nurturing a new generation of Chinese language teachers through the Rutgers M.A.T. in Chinese program as well as annual teacher training workshops.
In the spring of 2010, Rutgers University President Richard M. McCormick visited China and had constructive discussions on strengthening Rutgers’ position in China with the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and a number of universities in China including Peking University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Renmin University of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jilin University, Shanghai University, and the National Taiwan University.