2018 AASCU China International Conference and Education Expo

2018 China Meeting

Thursday, October 11, 2018 to Monday, October 22, 2018

AASCU is pleased to announce our 17th Sino-American Conference in Nanjing and Beijing, China from October 11-22, 2018.

Each year for the past 16 years, we have taken AASCU senior leaders (presidents, provosts, international officers, deans, department heads and faculty) to China to participate in a series of activities designed to create and sustain educational partnerships in China. 

About the Conference

Features and Add-on Values for this year's AASCU participants include the following:

  • Education B2B organized by the China Annual Conference for International Education (CACIE)
    AASCU will participate in the Education B2B this year. It is a great opportunity for participating universities to meet with partners or potential partners for further discussion on educational cooperation. This is a free event; however, registration with AASCU is required due to the limited space and time. (We will inform you of the B2B meeting schedule details later for your specific institution). 

  • Institution Promotion Mini-sessions 
    These sessions are organized by China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) for participating universities to meet with parents and students for recruiting and school promotion. It is a free event, and we will reserve 10 slots for AASCU participating institutions. Each slot is 20 minutes and is available for our participating universities on a first come, first serve basis.

    • Details about the mini-session promotion are explained in detail in the Important Reminders booklet.
    • Complete the options section for New Features 1 and/or 2 when you register online.

Schedule top

This year the 17th AASCU-sponsored annual trip to China offers participants the following options: 

  • Option #1 - Nanjing & Beijing, China (October 11-22, 2018)

  • Nanjing (October 11-15, 2018)
  • Beijing (October 16-22, 2018)

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    AASCU will bring our member institution representatives to Nanjing to attend Nanjing Institute of Industrial Technology (NIIT)'s SINO-US Symposium.  The theme will be "Education Modernization - Practice and Exploration."  The symposium will be a part of NIIT's centennial anniversary celebration.

    Nanjing Institute of Industrial Technology was founded in 1918 as the first "vocational" school in Chinese history of modern education.  NIIT is a partner institution in the PathPro program with AASCU member institutions.

    AASCU will invite speakers from US member campuses to share best practice models, as well as to explore partnership opportunities with Chinese academic institutions.

    This option also includes participation in the major international conference in Beijing, organized by our Chinese partner association, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).  See details below.

  • Option #2 - Beijing, China (October 16-22, 2018)

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    This option includes participation in a major international conference organized by our Chinese partner association, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). The theme for the 2018 China Annual Conference for International Education is “Education Modernization-Practice and Exploration.” More information can be found at www.cacie.cn

    You will have opportunities to interact with world educational leaders on topics of mutual interest and to participate in an EXPO that attracts more than 50,000 Chinese students who are interested in education abroad. During our time in Beijing, we schedule time for a series of discussions, including seminars and sessions with our Chinese higher education association partners. We also provide a variety of cultural and tourist activities to help you better understand Chinese history and culture. Participants often schedule trips before or after the conference to visit potential or current partner universities in other parts of China.  

    This trip represents an extraordinary opportunity to be introduced to, or deepen your understanding of partnerships in China. We urge you to consider joining us in Beijing. 

Important Reminders

Download the 2018 Important Reminders booklet. This detailed booklet provides information related to the Chinese visa application process, student recruitment activities, institution promotion mini-sessions, printing and shipping services in China, health requirements and insurance coverage, and all other important information related to your trip to China.

Fees top

OPTION #1  - Nanjing & Beijing - $985

The registration fee includes:

  • Registration fee for NIIT's symposium
  • Cultural activities and sight-seeing in Nanjing
  • Local transportation in Nanjing
  • Meals during group activities
  • Items covered in Option #2

OPTION #2 - Beijing only - $895

The registration fee includes:

  • Conference registration for CACIE Forum
  • Conference banquet and reception
  • Ground transportation to and from the Beijing airport
  • Local (program-related) transportation in Beijing 
  • Meeting room rentals 
  • Rental of a shared AASCU booth for student recruitment 
  • City and Great Wall sightseeing, plus guides and entry tickets 

Registration fees do NOT include: 

  • Visas for entry into China 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Beijing and Nanjing hotel charges
  • Roundtrip US-China airline ticket
  • Roundtrip fast train tickets (Beijing - Nanjing). AASCU will purchase tickets for the group, and bill participants individually.
  • Other domestic travel while in China 
  • All personal activities, such as individual sightseeing while in China                  

Registration Information top

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2018

If you miss the deadline and still want to register for the China trip, please first contact Sufei Li at lis@aascu.org. Should you have any questions about registration, please contact Jody Dixon or call her at (202) 478-7814.

Accommodations top

Nanjing Hotel*
Novotel Nanjing East Suning Galaxy
9 Suning Ave, Xuanwu Qu, Nanjing Shi, Jiangsu Sheng
Zip Code: 210042
Phone: +86 25 8520 8888

Beijing Hotel*
China National Convention Center Grand Hotel
Building 1, No. 8 Precincts, Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District
Zip code: 100105 
Tel: +86 10 8437 2008
Fax: +86 10 8437 0387

*We will reserve all hotel rooms and local transportation from the airport in Beijing and train station in Nanjing. The estimated price per person is $200-$250 each night for a hotel room. You can pay the hotel directly when you check out. 


Hotel Information

AASCU has a block of rooms reserved. AASCU will make hotel reservations in Nanjing and Beijing. Please ensure that you submit your Hotel Confirmation Form in a timely manner if you want to stay with the group at the designated hotel(s). Please do not make reservations directly with the hotel(s). The Hotel Confirmation Form should be completed on or before Sept. 30, 2018.

Complete Hotel Confirmation Form

Airline Information

All travelers will be met at the Beijing Airport by AASCU/CEAIE staff, and transportation will be provided to the designated group hotel ONLY. Please note, you will only be met if an Airline Confirmation Form is completed and submitted to AASCU. The Airline Confirmation Form should be completed on or before Sept. 30, 2018.

Complete Airline Confirmation Form

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is submitted in writing to Jody Dixon at dixonj@aascu.org before 5 p.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Cancellations received after this date will be charged a $400 administrative fee that will be used to pay for your conference registration and pre-arranged services in China.


  • Sufei LiManager of International Programslis@aascu.org(202) 478-7814
  • Jody DixonProgram Coordinator, Global Initiativesdixonj@aascu.org(202) 478-7814