Wanxiang completed another successful summer study abroad program in support of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. This summer was Wanxiang’s biggest program yet, as it sent a record 224 students representing 10 different organizations to study in China over the summer, where they not only studied Chinese language and culture, but also attended courses on clean energy taught by Wanxiang experts. President Obama announced the 100,000 Strong Initiative in 2009 to strengthen US-China relations by increasing the number and diversity of US students who study in China. This year marks the third year Wanxiang has sponsored and hosted student groups traveling to China in support of the Initiative, working with the 100,000 Strong Foundation.
Over a period of three months this summer, Wanxiang welcomed five returning programs and five new programs to its study abroad office at Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic in Hangzhou, China. Returning participants in the program were Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, city of Muscatine, Iowa, and the International Studies Learning Center in Los Angeles.
Wanxiang also welcomed five new groups:
1) Chicago Urban League’s Student Mission to China: a delegation of high schools students from the Chicago Urban League, an organization working for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans in the Chicago area.
2) Northern California Delegation of “Think China” China-US Study Exchange Program: a delegation of high school students from US Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s district in Northern California.
3) Lone Star College China Study Delegation: a delegation of students from the Lone Star College System, a public, two-year community college system in the Greater Houston area. The students are from US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s district in Texas.
4) China-United States Student Exchange Program: a delegation of college students from US Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge’s district in Ohio.
5) Emerging Leaders: US-China Study Delegation: a delegation of college students sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and organized by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
The five new programs were organized by Wanxiang’s partner, the China-United States Exchange Foundation.
The students who participated in Wanxiang’s programs had many positive experiences to share. Examples include:
“I learned lots about the founding of China, as well as social customs. I love the program, and believe in its continuation.” –Chicago Urban League student
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the kindness of so many Chinese people.” –Chicago Public Schools student
“I have gained valuable insights into one of the world’s fastest growing economies and the trip allowed me to see firsthand how that development was taking place.” –University of Chicago student
“This trip has been one of the major stepping stones in my life.” –International Studies Learning Center student
Students from the Emerging Leaders delegation
Students from the Think China delegation
Students from the Chicago Urban League delegation
Students from the Lone Star College delegation and
US Representative Marcia L. Fudge’s delegation
Students from the University of Chicago delegation