The UCLA Confucius Institute is honored to announce its selection as a 2014-2015 Signature Partner of the 100,000 Strong Foundation. The selection was made on the basis of the UCLA CI’s “commitment to educational and cultural exchange between the U.S. and China and its efforts to diversify the students in [its] programs.” Carola McGiffert, Executive Director of the 100K Strong Foundation, wrote that based on these qualities she is “confident that [the UCLA CI] will be a model representative for the 100K Strong mission. “
The 100K Strong Foundation works to strengthen US-China relations by expanding and diversifying the number of Americans studying abroad in China. The Foundation is an offshoot of the Obama administration's "100,000 Strong Initiative," which was launched in 2010 by then-Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and China’s current Vice Premier Liu Yandong. The Foundation was established on the premise that the US-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world, and that we must ensure that our next generation of leaders has the skills to manage it effectively.
“The UCLA Confucius Institute’s selection as a Signature Partner is a strong endorsement of what we’re doing: providing Americans with opportunities for engagement with China through diverse pathways, including the study of Chinese language, culture, and the arts,” said Dr. Susan Pertel Jain, Executive Director. “Our programs have launched Mandarin programs in Los Angeles area K-12 schools, and provided scholarship support for high school and college students that has enabled hundreds of our Californian kids experience China first hand,” she added.
As a Signature Partner, the UCLA CI nominated ten students from seven of its partnerships schools and organizations to serve as 100K Strong Student Ambassadors. The selected students represent UCLA, University High School, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, International Studies Learning Center, Santa Monica High School, Cerritos College, and the After School All Stars organization. Each of these partners offers opportunities for its students to learn Mandarin and study abroad in China.
The 2014 100K Strong Signature Partners includes: AASCU, American Councils for International Education, Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA), American University, Asia Society, CIEE, China Institute, Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), I.Am.Angel Foundation, One World Now, Project Pengyou, School Year Abroad, Teach for China, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, UCLA Confucius Institute.