The Grinnell-Nanjing Exchange renewed the old “Grinnell-in-China” program, started in 1916 when the College provided financial support, teachers, and principals for two missionary-run high schools. That program ended with the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.
When the Grinnell-Nanjing Exchange was founded in 1987, it brought a Chinese language professor to Grinnell from Nanjing to support Grinnell’s nascent Chinese language program and sent a Grinnell College student to Nanjing after graduation to teach English at a Chinese middle school (the equivalent of an American senior high school).
Over the years, the exchange has grown. It now sends Grinnell faculty to teach in China each spring and brings Chinese scholars and language instructors to Grinnell. As part of the Grinnell Corps postgraduate service program, the exchange dispatches two new Grinnell graduates each year to teach English at a school affiliated with Nanjing University. The exchange also provides an annual scholarship to Grinnell for a high school graduate from Nanjing. The winner is selected from one of four high schools in Nanjing, including the school where Grinnell College graduates teach English.
Grinnell-India Faculty Exchange
The Center for International Studies is part of a faculty exchange agreement with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a research university in New Delhi, India. The purpose of this exchange is to allow Grinnell faculty to get to know colleagues and students at one of India’s premier universities, with the hope that this will promote new teaching and research projects and a deeper, global understanding of one’s discipline. The Center invites Grinnell faculty in the Humanities and Social Studies Divisions—including faculty whose teaching and research does not include India—to express their interest in participating in this exchange