CETI logoThe MIT-China Educational Technology Initiative was established by MIT students in 1996 with the original purpose of “helping to connect a few Chinese high schools to the Internet and introducing basic web design techniques.” CETI now partners with more than 15 universities and high schools across Greater China. CETI interns create their own curricula in coordination with the academic expectations of their host schools.The program promotes academic and cultural exchange through hands-on applications of science and technology.

In its early years, CETI introduced science and engineering content at high schools in large east coast cities. In 2002, CETI sent a development team to expand program activities to rural areas of central China. Since 2002, CETI has extended its summer camps to universities across China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan introducing innovative areas of education such as OpenCourseWare, iLabs, Development Labs, MITx/edX; and new areas of collaboration with industry, such as MIT App Inventor applications with mobile phones.

In the early years, CETI projects were occasionally visited by U.S. government leaders. In 1998, the U.S. State Department arranged for President Clinton to visit a CETI high school project in Shanghai.The following year, then First Lady Hillary Clinton visited another CETI high school project in Shanghai. Dr. George Atkinson, former Scientific & Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, referred to MISTI China at a Washington D.C. conference as “a model U.S. program for educating students in a global economy.”

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