Dean David Ellwood is leading a group of Harvard Kennedy School faculty members to Beijing to help strengthen the school’s commitment to the study of Chinese governance and public policy.

The Harvard contingent will gather with a group of academics from throughout China at a week-long conference, “Challenge and Cooperation: How Can Rising China and Adjusting U.S. Manage Their Relations and Deal with Global Challenges,” co-hosted by the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Institute for China-U.S. People-to-People Exchange.

The conference began with an inaugural Alumni Public Policy Forum on Jan. 13, which included a ceremonial signing of agreements to renew commitments to several training programs that have received acclaim from the Chinese government.

Ellwood and other conference participants will take part in a series of commemorative events and panel discussions in Beijing throughout the week. The topics range from “Implications of New Leaders in China on U.S.-China Relations” to “Roles China and U.S. should Play in Promoting International Security.”