Among the educational and cultural attractions on the study tour are the terracotta warriors in Xi'an.
Sign up by February 28 to join ICMA for an April 2017 study tour combining professional development and cultural enrichment in China.
29 November 2016
Would you like to expand your professional skill set with experience in China?
The ICMA China Center invites ICMA members and other local government representatives to participate in a study tour that will provide international presentation and consulting opportunities in three distinctive cities.
The study tour, scheduled for April 10-20, 2017, includes professional conferences in Qingdao, Shandong Province; Shenzhen, Guangdong Province; and Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. Each city offers historical, cultural, and educational attractions that enhance the experience.
Study tour participants will make presentations and provide technical recommendations to Chinese local governments on urban development, public safety, and other topics of local interest. At the conferences, they may serve as keynote speakers and session panelists and participate in roundtable discussions. Here are some highlights:
See the study tour brochure for additional details, and sign up by December 30, 2016, for the best rate. The price covers lodging, meals, ground transportation, and domestic airfare in China. It does not cover international airfare. Here are the prices that apply for each registration deadline:
For further details and registration information, contact Luo Lijun, ICMA China Center executive director (email@example.com) or Daniet Moges, assistant program manager at ICMA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The ICMA China Center was formally established in 2011 as a partnership between ICMA and the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). Its mission is to improve the quality of city management in China by providing information and services to Chinese city officials. Local government professionals from the United States, in turn, have an opportunity to learn from the Chinese experience with rapid, large-scale urbanization. ICMA has been approved as an official training partner of SAFEA and has established a training base in China.
The China Center has offered opportunities for ICMA members to teach courses at CUPL—a very rewarding experience for the students as well as the ICMA instructors. The Center is also active in bringing Chinese delegates to the United States for training and exchanges of ideas.
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I encourage all ICMA members interested in learning about China to attend the upcoming Study Tour. I participated in both the 2015 and 2016 study tours and made connections that have led to new opportunities. Teaching, consulting, exchanges, and conference keynote assignments may all become available to those who engage in the tour. Each of the three cities featured in the 2017 tour have unique features that are worth a separate trip. Don't miss this great tour if you have interest in China. I hope to see many ICMA members in Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Xian to meet with local officials and business leaders, visit historic sites, and enjoy the amazing foods unique to each of the three regions.
Excellent article Bill! I hope to return for a study tour in 2018 after I've retired.
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