Recent and Upcoming Events*​​

  • In March 2016 ISS sent a The Next Generation Delegation to visit Hebei. The Next Generation Delegation which was focused on bringing the next generation of Agriculture leaders from Iowa to Hebei to build on Prexident Xi’s original trip in 1985. It was a very successful trip which has already led to some possible future programs!  
  • ​This October we will have 5 students and their teacher coming to the Global Youth Institute. We would like to bid farewell to this past years representatives of the GYI, Erica Li (李欣彤), from Hebei People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (HBPAFFC) and Joanna Jin (靳航航), from China People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). 

  • President Xi's visit to the U.S. highlights Citizen Diplomacy: ​​Several Articles have appeared in the news talking about President Xi's visit to the United States. His visit brings back memories of his first visit to Iowa in 1985. He was part of people to people exchanges with Iowa Sister States and this continues to make an impact. Here are some articles that highlight President Xi's visit and citizen diplomacy. 


The relationship between Hebei and Iowa was initiated by former Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray. In 1983, a formal agreement was signed by Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Governor Zhang Shuguang of Hebei. At the time of the signing, Governor Branstad said, "This agreement is a significant step in US-China relations and a diplomatic milestone for the State of Iowa." Many exchanges have taken place over the years, and in 2013 ISS celebrated the 30th anniversary of this  relationship in style! h here.

Meet the Leadership

Dr. Will Zhang, Chair

Will has been volunteering for ISS since 1998, and he became Hebei Chair in 2000. Will also serves on the ISS Board of Directors. Will has helped coordinate many exchange projects in Hebei, and in its neighboring cities Tianjin and Beijing.

Will teaches English and global study courses at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).

Hebei Province, China