NextGen China is a new initiative for mid-level Chinese museum professionals to strengthen their leadership and management skills. It is aimed at Chinese museum leaders who are dedicating their careers to transforming the Chinese museum field for greater capacity and innovation into the twenty-first century.

The program combines online and classroom learning. The intensive curriculum includes topics on leadership assessment and development, team leadership, strategy and innovation, audience development and engagement, visitor-experience mapping, design thinking, and best and next practices in Chinese Museums. Faculty come from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at CGU. In addition, NextGen China fellows are supported in their learning by Chinese alumni of the Getty Leadership Institute who serve as peer mentors. Course materials and discussion are offered in English and Mandarin.

The NextGen China 2017 program ran in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in China in September 2017. NextGen China is a collaboration between GLI, the Chinese Museums Association, the Shaanxi History Museum, and the Shaanxi Normal University. The 2017 program was also supported by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.