Past Summits

History of the Summit

The Summit was launched by the Friday Institute at NC State University and other educational partners in 2008 when the North Carolina State Board of Education signed an agreement with Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education in China to increase collaboration. Since the initial launch, the Summit is organized every two years for North Carolina education, government, and business leaders to continue to cultivate partnerships that advance cross cultural understandings and collaborations and meet the growing demand of Chinese language in North Carolina.


The Summit is organized by the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University, Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University, Go Global NCNorth Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Each Summit is hosted by a rotating member of the organizers:


2018: 6th Biennial

Go Global NC, the Confucius Institute at NC State University, Public Schools of North Carolina (State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction), and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation for the 6th Biennial North Carolina Summit on United States/China Education. Our 2018 theme was “Community Focused Partnerships: Harnessing Intercultural Competence.”

The tremendous growth of Chinese language and cultural understanding in North Carolina over the past decade has contributed to real, tangible gains for the state’s economy. This year’s North Carolina Summit on US/China Education will showcase representatives from the education, government and business sectors that demonstrate the importance of global education and public policies that set the conditions for these important relationships to thrive.

During the Summit we asked participants to consider:

  • How do North Carolina’s Chinese-language and culture programs contribute to its workforce?
  • What have North Carolina-China trading partnerships done for the state?
  • How does public policy intersect with education to improve North Carolina’s cultural competence?

See more about the Summit: 2018 Agenda, Summit Video

2016: 5th Biennial

As our world becomes flatter, global connections, collaboration, and interdependence become increasingly important for educational, political, social, as well as economic success. Despite cultural differences between China and the US, the two countries share common concerns, most notably in the area of education. These concerns include preparing students for 21st century life and work, accelerating second language learning (Chinese and English), and providing continuous education for educators. Both countries have interest in re-designing their educational systems to foster creativity and innovation among students and educators. As Chinese and US educators embrace this challenge, we can pool our intellectual and social capital to create forward thinking solutions that are mutually beneficial. US partnerships with Chinese educators and students provide opportunities to share educational best practices as both countries strive to provide students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and dispositions for success in a rapidly changing world.

During the Summit we explored how we can connect, collaborate and create for a dynamic and sustainable future.

  • Government and Politics: How do North Carolina and Chinese governments connect?
  • Business and Industry: How do North Carolina and Chinese businesses collaborate?
  • Education and Learning: How does global education in North Carolina and China create new opportunities?
  • Education Policy: How does education policy facilitate the creation of new opportunities between North Carolina and China?

See more about the Summit: 2016 AgendaSummit VideoSummit Presentation


2014: 4th Biennial

The Confucius Institute (CI) at NC State is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the CI around the world and the State of NC has reached over 10,000 students studying Chinese in K-12 public school. The theme of the 2014 Summit is: “How to Cultivate World Class Leaders in NC in Business, Government and Education?” The Summit is organized around a morning style plenary session with experts on three panels (Business, Government and Education). Breakout sessions encouraged more collaboration and dialogue with a focus on: Bridging the Gap in Education, Bridging the Gap in Business, and Bridging the Gap in NC-China Relations. 2014 Summit Flyer 


2012: 3rd Biennial

The 2012 Summit is focused on educational opportunities and initiatives. The day included updates on current progress in education, panel discussions, brainstorming sessions, and official addresses by Chinese and American Government Officials addressing three main questions: The summit addressed three key questions: How will tomorrow’s American and Chinese workers work together? How will the two most prominent nations of the world maintain peace and prosperity? How will future leaders in the U.S. and China communicate and collaborate with each other? 2012 Summit Flyer


2010: 2nd Biennial

The 2010 summit focused on the partnership’s achievements since 2008, and how to help sustain and strengthen global relationships with Chinese partners.  Speakers and panelists shared their insights and expertise regarding current and future educational collaboration between the US and China. The day included a panel discussion, addresses by Chinese and American education officials and updates on the progress of educational collaborations between North Carolina and Jiangsu Province, China. 2010 Summit Agenda


2008: 1st Biennial

The first North Carolina Summit on US/China K-12 Education was held at the Friday Institute in May 2008 to enable educators, policy makers, and business leaders to learn why US/China collaborations are important for creating a globally educated citizenry and work force. National speakers addressed the value of US/China K-12 partnerships and described effective policies and programs that support global learning. North Carolina educators described current collaborations and partnerships, shared best practices, and offered opportunities to establish new partnerships with Chinese educators. A highlight of the day was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the NC Board of Education and the Jiangsu provincial department of education. 2008 Summit Program