very year, the Ameson Foundation sponsors, organizes and hosts several forums and conferences on educational issues. These forums bring together officials and professionals in the field of education with the goal of enhancing international educational communication and cooperation.
As one example, the Ameson Foundation and the College Board co-organized the first ever AP Courses Symposium, held on December 15-16, 2011 in Shanghai. Attracting over 250 professionals including the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Education, the symposium focused on the promise and problems of integrating different educational systems.
Discussions ranged from how best to localize AP courses to make them accessible to students with a Chinese cultural background, how to select and train teachers who can bridge the gap between Chinese students and an international curriculum, and how to increase popular awareness of the benefits of AP curricula among Chinese students and parents.
One of the most important functions of these seminars is bringing the right people together. Chinese people attach much importance to guanxi, or social connections, and rely heavily on their social networks to get things done. Everything from business deals to intergovernmental cooperation is built primarily on a foundation of friendship, and the key to building this foundation is through face-to-face interaction, especially through eating and drinking together.
Ameson seminars provide not only a platform for the exchange of ideas between people with the power to turn ideas into reality; they also provide the opportunity to foster the personal relationships that gradually bring the international community together.
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