ounded in 1998 in New York City, the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is committed to the development of new educational programs and platforms, and the organization of educational and cultural exchanges around the world. Its honorary Chairman was the late Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a former Secretary General of the United Nations. The Foundation is guided by a Board of Advisors comprised of world-leading educational experts and dignitaries, and maintains Advisory Committees for Academics, K-12 education and College Admissions.
Ameson is currently headquartered in Washington, DC, in the Ronald Reagan Building, at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks from the White House. Our work centers around three main areas: connecting the global education community, improving the quality of education at all levels through multiple programs, and forging new paths in international education.
Some of Ameson's earliest activities involved organizing and hosting Chinese Culture Days in the United States and Europe, and promoting cultural understanding of the West in China and vice-versa. Since then, our partnerships with educational and governmental organizations around the world have helped us promote mutual understanding by hosting high-level international forums and seminars, and organizing and supporting multilateral exchanges of students, teachers, administrators and education officials. Programs like Sino-American Youth Ambassadors, the Ameson Chinese Elite Program, and the Ameson Year in China are just some of our efforts in this area.
In addition to working with the intangible aspects of educational policy and networking, Ameson frequently organizes grassroots programs to improve education at all levels, from pro bono teacher training to study tours for policy makers, from innovative programs bringing technology to the classroom, to publishing a series of educational texts. Ameson has developed the Ameson Scholastic Test, an aptitude assessment initially designed for China, and has formed strategic partnerships with CEIMS (Chinese Elite Information Management Service) and Intervisibility to provide comprehensive assessment services for universities recruiting in China. Ameson has also established a teacher training center in Shanghai. We see educational reform as an ongoing, global endeavor, and dialogue as the best path to effective reform.
We believe that the best educational system will emerge when the strengths of different educational philosophies are synthesized and balanced. With the American High School (+AP) Program, independent k-12 international schools and other innovative educational platforms in China, and our upcoming series of schools based on a unique “Dual Language - Dual Culture” curriculum in the United States, Ameson has established platforms around the world to implement new, more international educational methods. Ameson has also joined forces with the HighScope Foundation to adapt the student-focused HighScope early educational philosophy to China and establish a teacher training center to spread awareness of innovative teaching methods in early education.