The MIT-China Educational Technology Initiative (CETI) is MISTI-China's student-administered educational technology and project management training program. CETI initiates and manages academic and cultural exchanges between American and Chinese students through hands-on applications of science and technology.

Each summer since 1996, CETI has sent between 15 and 21 MIT students to high schools and universities in cities and towns across mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Working in teams of three, CETI participants have introduced curriculums on web design, programming, robotics, electrical engineering, sustainable development, civil engineering, biology, aerospace engineering and more.

CETI's original objective in 1997 was to help connect a few Chinese high schools to the Internet and introduce basic web design techniques (See publication on original CETI projects). Since then, the swift global progress of Internet technologies has enabled CETI to grow above and beyond its original mission. In 2002 CETI sent a special development team to four rural towns in China to reach out to students who have had less exposure to educational technologies and virtually no previous opportunity for cultural exchanges. In addition to working with high schools in China, CETI is now also collaborating with MIT OpenCourseWare and MIT iLabs with projects that span Greater China, introducing MIT educational technologies and course content at the following universities: Dalian University of Technology, Kunming University of Science & Technology, Qinghai University, Tsinghua University, Sichuan University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Yunnan University, Zhejiang University, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Fuzhou University, Yulin University (Shaanxi), the Institute of Vocational Engineering (Hong Kong), and YuanZe University (Taiwan). And since 2005 CETI has introduced MIT D-Labs' activities with innovative applications in Qinghai Province.  

See CETI News section for articles on these CETI educational technology projects and Past Participants section for CETI team reports.

CETI is built upon the foundation of relationships that we have formed with partner schools and universities over the past 17 years. At the same time, CETI strives to identify new and exciting educational and cultural opportunities throughout Greater China.

Current Sponsors:

Dr. Ge Yao Chu
Li & Fung Foundation

The Starr Foundation

Past Sponsors & Supporters:


Accton Technology


MIT iCampus


The Freeman Foundation


Mr. Raymond Kwok

LEGO Mindstorms



The National Science Foundation




Sun Microsystems