The China–U.S. Social Work Collaborative conference opened on the campus of Peking University in Beijing, China, December 11, 2012. Members of the social work community from various regions in China met with their new partners from the United States to discuss the status of social work in China and share experiences with their counterparts.
A group from MSASS participated in the event, including MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore, PhD; Distinguished University Professor Merl "Terry" Hokenstad, PhD; and Associate Professor Kathleen Farkas, PhD.
MSASS faculty members also traveled to Xian to consult on social work curriculum development and present at a symposium attended by faculty from a number of universities in the northern and western provinces of China. Northwestern University in Xian will partner with Case Western Reserve during the five-year collaboration.
MSASS is one of seven U.S. programs chosen to help China build its social work education programs over the next five years. The Mandel School was chosen from 215 U.S. schools with accredited graduate social work programs that received invitations from the Council on Social Work Education to apply and submit proposals.
The project aims to assist the nation in preparing and graduating 3 million professional social workers by 2020. The China Collaborative is a partnership among the China Association for Social Work Education with the Council on Social Work Education’s Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education and the International Association of Schools of Social Work.
Global Agenda for Social Work
While in China, Professor Hokenstad also served as a plenary speaker at the Global Agenda for Social Work event on Friday, December 14. The event served as the launch of the MSW Program at Beijing Normal University. Three hundred people were in attendance, including Chinese government officials, universities from the U.S., and participants from various NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations).