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.
NextGen China 2017 offers a multifaceted learning experience. Learning online and in the classroom includes lectures, peer discussions and group study, self-directed reading and journaling, and group problem-solving exercises. Participants use newfound insights to address institutional challenges and plan meaningful solutions to take home.
GLI executive education programs help museum professionals become better leaders. Program participants increase their knowledge and skills in four core areas:
- Self-Knowledge: Gain an in-depth understanding of individual leadership styles and learn how to hone your strengths and maximize opportunities.
- Management Skills: Sharpen your knowledge and understanding of innovative concepts and current trends in key subject areas of Leadership Assessment and Development, Strategy and Strategic Planning, Leading High Performing Teams, Audience Engagement, and Design Thinking.
- Pragmatic Practice: Understand core strategic steps, frameworks, and measurement tools to solve complex organizational challenges and build capacity at your organization. Meet other leaders in the field and explore best and new practices.
- Leadership: Understand effective leadership and develop your overall leadership skills. Create action plans to implement for your own leadership development and to effectively build your career. Assess and generate new museum thought leadership and contribute to cultural infrastructure for the field.