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David Davies, American Co-Director

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  • Telephone: 202.663.5800
  • US Address: The Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036
  • China Address: The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing University,162 Shanghai Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China 210008


The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) is a multicultural, bilingual education collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University. Today, the HNC is a part of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a premier graduate school for the study of international relations. At the HNC, international students take courses primarily in Chinese while Chinese students take coursework in primarily English. The HNC offers diverse graduate coursework in the following areas of study: International Politics; International Economics; Comparative and International Law; Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE), Chinese Studies.


The HNC offers three graduate programs that prepare students for careers related to international relations and China studies.


Established in 1986, The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies was the creation of then-Johns Hopkins University President Steven Muller and then-Nanjing University President Kuang Yaming. Both men recognized the importance of mutual understanding to improved relations between China and the West, and agreed that the best way to achieve such understanding was to bring people together for an extended period of intense exposure to each other's history, culture, contemporary thought and society. Such development and training of leaders in Sino-Western relations for the next century would certainly contribute to stable international relations in its broadest sense.

Together, these men conceived of a place where young, mid-career professionals from China and the West, in a range of fields including academia, law, journalism, government and business, would live and study together for one year. This experience at the HNC would provide an important opportunity to deepen their understanding of the opposite culture and enrich their academic background in topics related to international relations. The ultimate vision was that one day, the U.S. Secretary of State and the Chinese Foreign Minister will find that they are both graduates of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Today, under the leadership of Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University Presidents Ronald J. Daniels and Chen Jun, the vision remains strong. Nearly 3,000 HNC graduates are working in diplomacy, business, academia, journalism, government, finance and nonprofit organizations in China, the United States and other countries. Presidents Muller and Kuang clearly saw how increasing the numbers of intelligent and aware professionals carrying out the specific business of China's global integration would have a profound effect on larger political relations.