American Students to Receive Expanded Access to International Education Opportunities as HBCUs Solidify Partnerships with Chinese Universities
Universities from America and China sign 3-year Memorandum of Understanding for student and faculty exchanges; $1.2 million to $5 million in scholarships awarded to American students to study in China for 4 weeks to 2 years
Jun 23, 2015, 06:43 ET
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) today signed a three-year agreement with the China Education Association for International exchange to form the HBCU – Chinese Universities Collaboration Alliance (the Alliance). The Alliance is formed from 100 universities in the U.S. and China committed to providing opportunities for student and faculty exchanges between the two countries. The agreement was signed as a part of activities for the 6th Annual U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) held at the State Department. The signing was witnessed by China's Vice Minister Hao Ping and U.S. Under Secretary Richard Stengel.
"For HBCUs, this important international education Alliance with Chinese universities offers opportunities for America's diverse students to study abroad, and better learn how to prepare themselves to participate in our highly competitive and evolving globalized world," said Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, and Chairman of the HBCU Network. "Today's event is the culmination of much hard work and evolving relationships, beginning in 2013 with high-level introductions in Beijing by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation."
The agreement and official formation of the Alliance solidifies the 1,000 scholarships awarded to HBCU students by China's Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong in November 2013. The financial commitment from the Chinese government covers the cost of tuition, room and board for 1,000 students from HBCUs to study in China, effective fall 2014 and is valued at between $1.2 million USD to $5 million USD within four years.
The HBCU – China Scholarship Network was formed in 2014 to facilitate implementation of the scholarships. To date, there are 43 HBCUs in the Network, and it is managed by Wilson Global Communications.
Wilson Global Communications is one of the leading international public relations and communications consulting firms specializing in strategic cross-cultural relationship building services between the United States and various countries in Africa and Europe, China, and Brazil.
SOURCE Wilson Global Communications
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