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Ten Years Training Chinese Officials at York University: An Evaluation

Ten Years Training Chinese Officials at York University: An Evaluation, a project tracking ABMP Training Division trainees after their return to China began in 2010. Over a period of 10 years, the Training Division has trained almost 3,000 Chinese officials, executives and educators in programmes ranging from three weeks to six months. Project organizers are interested in what the trainees learned during their time in Canada and how they have applied their experience and new skills in their work in government, business and the education sectors, as well as pinpointing more closely where in its programmes the Training Division has been successful and where it needs to improve its performance.

The Asian Business and Management Programme (ABMP) has been one of Canada’s leaders in Asian research for over 25 years and is one of the first institutions in Canada to provide executive development training to Chinese professionals. The programme offers instruction in the cultural, institutional and political aspects of business management in Asian countries. 

B. Michael Frolic is the Executive Director of the Programme. Frolic expects this study to have academic significance in cross cultural studies. It is, to their knowledge, the first study of short term training of Chinese officials abroad.

Sonja Regler (YCAR Graduate Associate and Doctoral Candidate, Freie Universität Berlin) developed the questionnaire in collaboration with Máire O’Brien (Director of the Training Division) and Professor Frolic in this past year.

In Spring 2011, the team plans to administer a pre-test of our questionnaire to former trainees in Beijing. After the pre-test, they expect later in the summer or early fall to administer the adjusted questionnaire to approximately 400 of our trainees with the cooperation of the Beijing Foreign Experts Bureau (SAFEA). This organization approves all foreign training for officials, and is interested in learning more about the value of this foreign experience. This is the first such cooperative research project with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government. The interviewers will be drawn from the graduate students from Beiwai University in Beijing.

The project is currently supported by ABMP and will be supported by SAFEA in the next phase for in-China research. Preliminary results will be available in late 2011.

For more information, please contact ABMP at abmp@yorku.ca.


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