The USC School of Social Work’s China Program provides innovative education and training opportunities for American and Chinese leaders in business, government, academia and nonprofits. Our mission is to encourage a better understanding of the challenges facing a changing China and to nurture a cross-cultural learning environment that invites intellectual inquiry and facilitates leadership development through community outreach, multidisciplinary collaboration and research, curriculum development, international symposia and scholarly change.
The China Program encourages cross-national and multidisciplinary collaboration among schools within USC and beyond, in addition to providing a platform for USC faculty to experiment with new teaching approaches and explore new research interests.
Summer Research Academy
The joint initiative with the Population Research Institute at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu provides training opportunities for graduate students and young researchers from Southwestern China and the United States, promoting an understanding of research methodologies and the cross-cultural facets affecting social and behavioral scientific knowledge.
Helping Carers to Care (HC2C)
Developed with Peking University’s Institute of Mental Health, the initiative facilitates the development, implementation and evaluation of training models in Beijing for caregivers of individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Chinese Clearinghouse for Evidence-Based Practice and Policy
Created in cooperation with the Chinese Cochrane Centre and the school’s Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services, the Chengdu clearinghouse provides Chinese human services professionals, community organizations and policymakers with access to empirical evidence on social work practice and human services.
China Delegation Visit
Working with the Educational Services Exchange with China, Inc., the China Program welcomed a delegation of 25 education and government officials to USC to learn more about the school’s military social work program and Virtual Academic Center.
Chinese General Social Survey
The longitudinal study was developed with Renmin University and the USC Roybal Institute on Aging to survey older adults in China’s urban and rural households and gather data on social trends and the changing relationship between social structure and quality of life in China.
Intergenerational Family Support for Chinese Older Adults Conference
Sponsored by the USC Roybal Institute on Aging, a two-day conference in May 2010 in Los Angeles brought together Chinese and American scholars to discuss elder care policy in China and the implications of its aging population on traditional family support mechanisms.
The China Program annually hosts delegates from Asia, including recent Fulbright scholar Peng Du, who studies population aging and social gerontology in China, and You-ping Li, director of the Chinese Cochrane Centre and Chinese Centre for Evidence-based Medicine at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital.
The USC School of Social Work sends a delegation of MSW students to China to explore a new perspective on healthy aging that may help them work with elderly populations in the United States.