Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton highlighted the importance of student exchanges in building strong bonds of trust, friendship, and understanding during the recent U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). To kick off the CPE's closing session, Secretary Clinton introduced a video featuring three American and three Chinese alumni of U.S. government exchange programs talking about their study abroad experiences and the personal effect it has had on their lives. The alumni featured in the video are:
• Mary O'Loughlin (Georgetown University), who conducted research on environmental policy at Wuhan University on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program;
• David MacDonald (University of Chicago), who studied international relations at Fudan University on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program;
• Gustavo Hernandez (U.S. Naval Academy), who undertook intensive Mandarin studies at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics on the Critical Language Scholarship Program;
• Zhang Na (University of International Business and Economics), who is studying intellectual property law at George Washington University on the Fulbright Visiting Student Program;
• Fu Qiang (Central University of Finance and Economics), who is a Mandarin teaching assistant at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) on the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program; and
• Kuai Jing (Anhui University of Finance and Economics), who studied global communications at American University on the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program.
During her remarks, Secretary Clinton announced that the United States and China would broaden one of the most successful exchange programs between our two countries -- the U.S.-China Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Program has already brought more than 3,000 American and Chinese graduate students and scholars to study, teach, and research in one another's countries. The program is now being expanded to include master's degree students and community college faculties.
Secretary Clinton also announced additional private-sector support for the "100,000 Strong" Initiative Initiative, with new commitments from Laureate International Universities, Goldman Sachs, Wanxiang America Corporation, and Amway Corporation. Through this Initiative, the U.S. government hopes to see 100,000 Americans studying in China over four years. The newly announced private-sector programs are increasing both interest in study in China and access to study abroad opportunities for underrepresented groups.