State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs

The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) is an administrative agency of the Chinese government that maintains a database of experts who are approved by the Chinese government to provide training outside of China for Chinese public servants.

UW–Madison has been an approved member on the SAFEA list since 2015, with training specialities in the areas of law, medicine, and environmental protection. Under the auspices of the International Division, IPO manages the SAFEA cooperative agreement for UW–Madison. This means that Chinese parties interested in developing training and capacity building visits to UW in the areas of law, medicine, and environmental protection should contact IPO through the SAFEA portal. IPO will then follow up with an information form for the interested party to fill out. After receiving that back, IPO then will reach out to the appropriate unit on campus to help facilitate the connection.

Under SAFEA, UW–Madison provided trainings for Chinese judges from the Shanghai High Court in 2017 entitled, “2017 Seminar on Judicial Skills Development”, which involved UW Law School faculty as well as lawyers and judges from throughout Dane County.

A typical SAFEA-funded training program would consist of Chinese public sector employees spending one or two weeks on campus attending custom programming on an academic or professional topic. Interested applicants should prepare a detailed proposal of the topics of interest, size of the proposed training group, preferred time frame of training, and project goals.

Interested participants from China can contact UW–Madison through the SAFEA portal (UW–Madison’s SAFEA ID# is 15002) or fill out this interest form and email IPO directly at