Shanghai Executive Management Program

Shanghai: In Focus

Shanghai’s municipal development over the past two decades has been an inspiration for the rest of China. The pace of internationalization and economic growth continues to astound observers, despite the current global financial crisis. The past Shanghai Expo 2010 was an opportunity to bring social and economic development to the city and the country and to create a unique legacy for China and the world.

Shanghai Executive Management Program

To assist with the Shanghai government's interest in enhancing training programs for its officials, the Ash Center launched the Shanghai Executive Management Program in 2009. This program aims to provide senior Chinese officials in Shanghai municipal government agencies with perspectives on strategy, leadership, management of service delivery, urban planning and development, crisis management, and social policy, as practiced in the United States and other countries.

Each annual class of 25 Shanghai municipal officials attends two weeks of intensive, public policy classes at the Kennedy School. During the concluding third week of the program, officials visit other cities to gain a better understanding of our local, state, and federal government organizations and processes.

In early November 2011, 50 municipal officials attended a three-day public policy version of the Shanghai Executive Management training program taught by Harvard Kennedy School’s Jorrit de Jong, John Donahue, and Arnold Howitt at the Shanghai Administrative Institute in Shanghai, China.

Shanghai Executive Management Program