The European China Talent Program (ECTP) encourages young European professionals to hone their understanding of contemporary China and the ways it affects Europe. Launched by the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in 2015, the ECTP takes place each year in spring and gathers a select group of 15 young European professionals with a track record of exposure to China and the potential to excel in their given professions.
Connecting and training what will become tomorrow’s thought-leaders on China, the ECTP offers selected participants a platform to exchange ideas with senior decision makers in politics, business, and civil society as well as MERICS experts. As part of an intense three-day program, participants also work in teams to formulate and present concrete proposals for improving European policy towards China on some of the most pressing issues of the day.
Throughout the years, the ECTP has developed into Europe’s leading forum for young professionals with a strong China background, establishing a diverse network of alumni who work in national governments, EU institutions, international organizations, academia, business, think tanks and public affairs. To ensure diverse representation and a multitude of viewpoints, the ECTP not only welcomes applications by EU citizens, but also by those of EU accession countries and of EFTA states.
As China expands its international presence and becomes increasingly active in global governance, European expertise on contemporary China is more necessary than ever. The ECTP will continue adapting itself to a fast-changing environment by tackling critical issues in European China policy. This will favor discussions on how Europe can make the most of opportunities and overcome challenges in its relationship with China in the years ahead.