China's Leaders in Development

Street sceneEstablished in 2001, China’s Leaders in Development program is an eight-week training program designed to prepare senior local and central Chinese government officials to more effectively address the ongoing challenges of China’s national reforms.

Many impressive senior Chinese government officials have graduated from the China’s Leaders in Development program. Past graduates include:

      • JIANG Xiaojuan, Deputy Director-General, State Policy Research Office
      • LI Jiange, Chairman, China International Capital Corporation Ltd
      • ZHANG Jinan, Vice Minister of the Organization Department

Taught both at Tsinghua University, China, and Harvard Kennedy School, the program offers courses in public management, policy reform, public finance, economic development, and globalization taught by both Tsinghua and HKS faculty. The program concludes with a focus on real-world economic and management cases and innovations that address the changing needs of governance in the 21st century. Courses are taught using consecutive translation in the classroom and all materials used for the classes are translated into Chinese for the participants. Read more

China’s Leaders in Development faculty boast many years of public policy, strategic management, and crisis management experience. The training program’s faculty include an impressive cohort of faculty both at Harvard University and from around the world. Read more

Beyond the Classroom
As a part of the program, officials visit local, state, and federal government organizations in the United States. Past field visits have included:

      • Boston, Massachusetts: State Street Bank, State House, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority
      • Grand Rapids, Michigan: Amway Corporation
      • New York City, New York: World Bank and the United Nations
      • Washington, D.C.: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Washington Post headquarters, and the International Monetary Fund