American University Has Joined g-MEO’s Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad as a Principal Partner


October 15, 2013 (New York, NY) – Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc. (g-MEO), a social enterprise focused on international education with innovative study abroad in China programs, announced today that American University, Washington D.C. has joined the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad as its 5th principal partner, giving the fledgling institution a major boost.

Hosted by Sichuan University on its beautiful Huaxi Campus in downtown Chengdu, the Center is a joint initiative between the Chengdu Municipal Government and g-MEO. It has already had four U.S. higher education institutions as its principal partners, and has hosted the first group of American college students during the Spring Semester 2013. Attendance at the center is open to students from all accredited U.S. universities and colleges. Students are encouraged to take some Chinese language and culture courses, in addition to those related to their majors which are taught in English and offered by its principal partners. Those students interested in combining academics with experiential learning may choose to engage in internship or volunteer activities either during the semester, or in summer.

“American University’s joining the Center as a principal partner is another milestone for both the Chengdu Center and for g-MEO’s corporate development, “ said David Chang, Chairman and CEO of g-MEO. “This has further validated the viability of g-MEO’s multi-partner model in developing innovative programs to serve the growing needs in international education We have no doubt that American University’s participation will further enrich a curriculum that sets the highest level of academic standards in an international setting,” Dr. Chang added.

Ms. Violeta Ettle, Vice Provost at American University who led a delegation to visit Chengdu earlier further remarked about her university’s participation in the Center. “American University is very pleased to be a major participant in delivering the academic program at the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad which will provide American students with alternative opportunities to study in China, engage in experiential learning, and absorb the local language and culture at the same time.”


About Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc. (g-MEO)

Founded in 2011 by Dr. David C. Chang, former Chancellor of Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), g-MEO is dedicated to provide innovative study abroad programs in China for U.S. undergraduates and to facilitate a people-to-people public diplomacy by student exchanges. It recently entered an agreement with Chengdu municipal government’s Bureau of Education to collaborate in the internationalization of its school system. For further information about scholarships and g-MEO’s study abroad programs, please visit

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