Professional Development Overview


Professional Development Program Overview

The Professional Development Program conducts all of the East-West Center’s short to medium-term capacity-building, leadership training, professional exchanges, career development, and high-level dialogue activities. With its roots in the 50-year-old Jefferson Fellowship journalism exchange program, the Professional Development Program has expanded its reach and impact exponentially by continuously developing and implementing dynamic, cutting-edge programs that not only provide our diverse participants with life-long experiential learning and networking opportunities, but also amplify the Center’s long-term goal of improving understanding and relations among the United States and the countries of the Asia Pacific region.


Leadership Programs

In 2000, the Center launched a suite of leadership development programs for emerging and established leaders from across the region to build the knowledge, relationships, and capacity to address critical issues of common concern. Our leadership programs bring together diverse groups of professionals for transformative personal and professional development. With 17 years of experience delivering high-impact leadership training to young and emerging leaders across Asia and the Pacific, the Center’s multidisciplinary leadership development team draws from a deep well of experience and passion for designing and delivering programs that combine high-level content and experiential learning with an emphasis on practical application.


Seminars & Media Programs

East-West Seminars offers short-term dialogue, field study, travel and exchange opportunities for working professionals in politics, government, civil society, business and the media who are in positions to affect policy, shape public opinion, and influence change in their countries and communities. Programs provide opportunities for leading professionals from the United States and Asia Pacific to exchange views, build networks, develop leadership skills, and deepen knowledge of regional issues. Through dialogue and study tours with colleagues, and discussions with government officials, business executives and community leaders, our journalism fellowships and exchanges promote understanding of the complexities of the Asia Pacific region. Our dialogue programs provide senior and emerging political and business leaders from a variety of sectors with opportunities to focus on issues of regional concern through policy-oriented and capacity-building seminars.


Pacific Islands Development Program

PICL Meeting 2017Currently housed within the East-West Center's Professional Development Program, the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) conducts a broad range of activities to enhance the quality of life in the  Pacific islands. The founding mission of PIDP is to assist Pacific Islands’ leader advance their collective efforts to achieve and sustain equitable social and economic development. Since 1980 PIDP has served as a forum through which island leaders discuss critical issues of development with interested countries, donors, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.


AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools

AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools is a global leader in providing Asia-focused global learning and exchange opportunities for elementary and secondary (K-12) teachers and students from across the United States and the Asia Pacific region. Our professional development programs for U.S. and Asian teachers, youth leadership programs for American and Asian high school students, and virtual classroom exchanges for K-12 schools provide direct experiences and hands-on opportunities for teachers and students across the U.S. and the Asia Pacific to connect and learn together, while our curriculum resources offer teachers with flexible tools to engage students in creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.


Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP)

The Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) is a membership organization consisting of some twenty-three universities, ministries of education and quality assurance entities joined together to identify, explore and conduct research on key issues of higher education change within the Asia Pacific Region. The program provides a setting for current and potential leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to work collaboratively in developing new strategies for innovation in education.


Asian Studies Development Program

The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) was launched in 1991 as a national initiative for enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies, and it is unique in designing higher education programs that meet the needs of institutional teams as well as individual faculty members. ASDP promotes learning about, learning from, and learning with Asian cultures and peoples through multidisciplinary summer residential institutes, field seminars in Asia, multiday workshops and an annual national conference.  Since its inception, more than 1,500 professors from the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Europe have participated in ASDP programs.