On September 11, 2014, Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic in Hangzhou, China, welcomed Ms. Carola McGiffert, President of the 100,000 Strong Foundation, and a delegation from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic is a 60 year old vocational college that is jointly run by Wanxiang Group and the Hangzhou Municipal Government. It serves as the base of Wanxiang Group’s study abroad program in China, which has been running since 2012 in support of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.

Ms. Yang Yanle, Chief of Human Resources at Wanxiang Group updated Ms. McGiffert and her delegation on recent world-wide developments; and Ms. Betty Jin, Chief Manager of the 100K Project Office at Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic, reported on the project’s progress over the past three years.  Ms. McGiffert also observed the accommodation facilities of the Exchange Center inside the campus. The delegation recognized the contribution and efforts Wanxiang Group has made and expressed interest in exploring opportunities to establishing additional partnerships with Wanxiang Group in the future.

Wanxiang Group is a strong supporter of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, which was launched in 2010. The goal is to strengthen US-China relations through an increase in the number and diversity of US students studying in China. The Initiative aims to send 100,000 American students to study in China by the end of 2014. Wanxiang Group has worked closely with Ms. McGiffert and the 100,000 Strong Foundation to provide more American students the opportunity to travel and study in China.

In the three years Wanxiang Group has been involved, it has partnered with US colleges and high schools to send 394 US students and teachers to China. Among Wanxiang’s partner schools are the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Chicago Public Schools, International Studies Learning Center in Los Angeles, and the city of Muscatine, Iowa. All of its study abroad programs provide students with cultural exchange and language study opportunities as well as an education in clean energy.