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3 posts from May 2011


Former CIEE Shanghai Student Featured in 100,000 Strong Initiative Newsletter

The following Student Highlight is pulled from the 100 Thousand Strong Initiative, which has a goal of seeing 100,000 American study abroad in China over the next four years. Click here to see the full Student Highlights.

Ming Canaday, a University of Oregon Student, is a former student at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai, China.


University of Oregon

I am named Ming Canaday, although that was not my name at birth.  I am a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in Chinese and International Studies.  I have always been passionate about China because I was born there.  I was adopted by U.S. parents when I was eleven years old.  I was told my Chinese parents probably abandoned me when I was a toddler, perhaps because I had polio.  I lived in an orphanage for about eight years, unable to go to school because I could not walk.  In 2001, I arrived in Sheridan, Oregon to the most wonderful family.  Even though I did not speak English and was illiterate, my parents plopped me into the 5th grade.  Somehow I learned English and managed to catch up with my peers.  As a sophomore in high school, I heard about the Chinese Flagship Program, sponsored by the National Security Education Program.  I started to teach myself how to read and write Chinese.  My acceptance into this remarkable program has opened so many opportunities for me.

 One of the doors it opened involved studying abroad in Shanghai, China for two months.  This was the first time I had returned to China since my adoption.  I was honored to be a participant in the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).  This is a wonderful program and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to study abroad in China or any other country.  I studied in their Accelerated Chinese Program.  Justin O’Jack, the person who was in charge in Shanghai told me I was their first disabled student.  Although my time in Shanghai was sometimes riddled with obstacles because of my disability, the CIEE people worked diligently to make sure there were no hurdles I couldn't overcome. CIEE turned my dreams into a reality.  I was thrilled to be able to go to school like any other normal student.  It not only allowed me to fulfill my goal of studying in China, but it also made me realize how important it is for Americans to understand the Chinese people since our futures  are so economically and politically intertwined.

Click here to see the full Student Highlights.


CIEE Students in Shanghai Participate in Open Dialogue with U.S. Department of Education Officials

On May 7, 2011, a delegation of 20 education officials and representatives of the U.S. Department of Education held a forum at East China Normal University, host campus for the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai, to learn about the experience of Americans studying abroad in China. The delegation met with CIEE students from University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, The College of New Jersey, and The Pennsylvania State University, as well as the CIEE Chinese Language Coordinator, and other ECNU international students and language teachers for a round table discussion about the challenges and benefits of learning and teaching Chinese in Shanghai. Ms. Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education at the Asia Society, and Chair of Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Initiative and leader of the delegation, commented that she was very impressed with the CIEE program and its students.

The delegation also included State Superintendents for the Board of Education of Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington D.C.; President of the National School Boards Association; Vice President of the Carnegie Corporation; Vice President of Pearson, Inc.; President and CEO of the Education Development Center (EDC), and representatives of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The delegation was received by ECNU officials and the Director of the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban), which is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. 

For Chinese language news about the event see this official web portal of the Chinese Central Government and this ECNU press release.

US DoE Delegation to ECNU


CIEE Students from Shanghai Visit Minhang People’s Court and District Government

On December 3, 2011, CIEE students in the “International Business Law” course and Professor Matthew Szymanski, J.D., LL.M., an Adjunct Faculty at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai and Vice President of Corporate Relations for SMIC, together with Chinese LL.M. Program students from the Ko Guan Law School of Shanghai Jiaotong University, received the rare opportunity to watch a Chinese court hearing live at the Minhang District People’s Court of Shanghai. After the hearing, Sun Chao, Party Secretary of Minhang District, and Professor Szymanski gave a presentation and took students’ questions about government, politics and law in China.

Sun Chao, who received an LL.M. from Georgetown University in 1991, led the government of Xuhui District, one of the most important commercial districts in central Shanghai, from 2003 to 2006, while serving as its Deputy Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). During his tenure as its district mayor, Xuhui underwent a major renaissance in development and political reform. The June 2005 edition of Time Magazine praised Sun Chao for “making history” with his visionary leadership, which promotes greater accountability and transparency, and for being “a leader who listens” to the concerns of his constituents through town-hall style meetings. Since 2006 Sun has served as the CPC Secretary of Minhang District in central Shanghai.

For form information about the event please click here.

CIEE Jiaotong in Minhang Courthouse - 10Dec3