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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

MOU signing between HBCUs and Chinese universities(WASHINGTON) A Network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) 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.

Paul Crawford, 34, is a senior business management student from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Tex., who has benefited from the scholarships. Crawford spent four weeks last fall studying in Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China. For Crawford, his time in China was an eye-opening experience that caused him to re-examine his American values and preconceptions, including the accessibility and worth of a formal education. He said his time in China also taught him valuable life lessons.

One: America is not the center of the world and we all can learn and benefit when we travel to other nations,” Crawford said. “Two: the Chinese people really value the opportunity to attain a higher education and start competing for one at a much earlier age than Americans. And three: the Chinese judge you on your contribution to society as a whole…not because you’re black or white,” he added.

Crawford and other students with him learned that even though there are differences between the U.S. and China, there are similarities too.

There were McDonald’s, Burger Kings and KFCs – and a lot of hip-hop influences everywhere. Eminem is really big there. And one night, when we went out for pizza, there was Shaq’s face on a Chinese soda can.”

Today’s MOU signing ensures that several more students at HBCUs, will be able to study in China over the next three 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.

About the HBCU – China Scholarship Network

The HBCU – China Scholarship Network is a consortium of 43 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The Network was formed in 2014 to facilitate the implementation of 1,000 scholarships awarded to HBCUs as announced by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong in November 2013. Wilson Global manages and coordinates activities of the Network, and provides information to facilitate partnerships formed between member institutions and universities in China.

About Wilson Global Communications

Wilson Global Communications (Wilson Global) 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. Founded in 1994 in South Africa by Julia A. Wilson, and headquartered in Washington, DC, Wilson Global focuses its customized services on bridging relationships between American and foreign leaders and organizations in education, business, media, and civic affairs, and as the public relations liaison to the China-United States Exchange Foundation. Wilson Global currently manages the HBCU – China Scholarship Network, a consortium of 43 Historically Black Colleges and Universities formed to implement scholarships awarded to the institutions by China’s Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong.