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Shanxi, Hebei Province Excursion

Students and staff from the CIEE Study Center in Beijing traveled to Shanxi and Hebei provinces this past weekend on an excursion themed ‘Environment and Rural Governance in China.’

The area, which is located a few hours outside of Beijing, is rarely visited by domestic or international travelers. Students spent three days exploring the fascinating and harshly beautiful area: visiting a tiny garrison town and an unrepaired section of the Great Wall; hiking sheep trails through the mountains, and having lunch as guests of different families in a tiny mountain village.

See photos of their journey, below!


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CIEE Scholarships to 18 U Wisconsin Students

Eighteen University of Wisconsin–Madison students have been awarded CIEE study abroad scholarships. Applied to upcoming summer and fall programs, these awards will cover a combined total of $30,500.

Fifteen of the awardees received CIEE’s Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Scholarship, two have received the Robert B. Bailey Scholarship and one received a John E. Bowman Travel Grant.

Read more about the scholarship winners, here.


University of Rhode Island Presidential Delegation Visits Chinese Flagship Students at CIEE in Shanghai

On Saturday, July 16, 2011, a delegation from the University of Rhode Island, including Dr. David M. Dooley, President; Dr. Donald H. DeHayes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Raymond M. Wright, Dean of the College of Engineering; and Dr. Wayne Wenchao He, Professor of Chinese in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature and Director of the URI Chinese Language Flagship Program, visited the Summer Accelerated Chinese Language program at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai.

This CIEE program was approved by the nine members of the Language Flagship Chinese Council in summer 2010. Nine students from the URI Chinese Language Flagship Program and one student from the University of Oregon Chinese Language Flagship Program are studying accelerated Chinese with CIEE in Shanghai this summer.

Caption: President Dooley (center, seated) visits CIEE host family in Shanghai with URI students

 Host Family


The Power of Determination--Former CIEE Student Discusses Her Time Abroad

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange/Mobility International USA recently interviewed former CIEE student Ming Canaday for the MIUSA blog. Ming participated in a CIEE summer program in Shanghai, China. To read the full article, click here:


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


Chinese Language Flagship

Shanghai, China: China in a Global Context

Shanghai, China: Summer Accelerated Chinese Language

Two Chinese Language Flagship Programs have recently approved students to study abroad on the Summer Accelerated Chinese Language program at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai. These include the University of Rhode Island Chinese Language Flagship Partner Program and the University of Oregon Chinese Flagship. The Language Flagship is an initiative of the National Security Education Program and is designed to support U.S. undergraduate students to achieve superior language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, as defined by ACTFL standards, through an elite group of partner programs. Learn more about The Chinese Language Flagship here.

Shanghai, China: Summer Business, Language and Culture

In summer 2011, the elective course taught in English, Understanding China, will be taught by the Academic Director of the China in a Global Context program, John Tai. Mr. Tai is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at George Washington University, where he has researched and conducted extensive fieldwork on civil society, non-governmental organizations, public administration, and social welfare. He holds an M.A. degree in East Asian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs from George Washington University and a B.A. degree in Political Science and History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the CIEE Study Center in fall 2009, he served as Visiting Scholar and later Associate Director of Academics for a study abroad program in Beijing. In addition to his academic experience, Tai has worked eight years for government in Washington, D.C. as a foreign policy analyst, focusing on relations with mainland China.

Habitat for Humanity

Shanghai, China: Advanced Chinese Studies

Shanghai, China: Business, Language and Culture

The Business, Language and Culture program at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai will now offer a spring weeklong mid-semester fieldtrip to manufacturing centers in Sichuan Province or Chongqing Municipality, the world’s fastest growing urban center, where students will visit factories and business and learn directly from company executives working in this developing inland region. Prior to departure CIEE students will learn from business leaders in Shanghai about the role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for multinational companies operating in China, building government relations and public image, and the importance of promoting socially and environmentally responsible business practices. In this context students will have the opportunity to learn about CSR in action and experience service learning in Yunnan Province, where CIEE has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to sponsor a build project in an impoverished ethnic minority village, allowing CIEE students to work together with locals to build new homes for its inhabitants.

Study Center at East China Normal University in Shanghai

Staffing Updates

The CIEE Study Center in Shangahi welcomes Dr. Steve Chao as the most recent addition to its leadership team . Beginning in Spring 2011, Dr. Chao will be transitioning into the role of Center Director. Justin O’Jack, current Center Director and Director, Great China will continue to work and reside in Shanghai, providing direct oversight and management to all CIEE Study Centers in China. Steve Chao earned his Doctor of Education from Saint Louis University, MBA from Lindenwood University, and BA from Columbia College. Dr. Chao has extensive experience in the field of international education working as an adjunct faculty and program administrator since 1985. Before joining CIEE in fall 2010, he was Director of International Programs at Worcester State University in Massachusetts, where he led university international initiatives, study abroad and international student services for six years. Prior to that he directed the International Affairs Center at Indiana State University and taught modern Chinese history on the faculty for four years. He began his career in international education at Columbia College, where he ended nine years of service as Director of International Programs. Dr. Chao has also taught courses on US higher education as a Visiting Fellow at Tongji University in Shanghai, and served as Chair of the Department of International Trade at Tainan University of Technology, a leading women’s higher education institution in Taiwan. He has served as a research advisor to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission 211 Project and to the Ministry of Education in Taiwan on educational reform and curriculum. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Chao managed three joint ventures in China between 1994 and 1997, responsible for product importation, marketing, distribution, customer service and daily management in China. He established and was General Manager for two Sino-American joint ventures, importing and distributing Snapple fruit drinks and Molson alcoholic products to the Chinese consumer market, before founding a third joint venture manufacturing wireless a cable box product targeting the Chinese household market.

Housing Coordinator

The new Housing Coordinator for the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai is Liu Tianmei. Ms. Liu worked as the Supervisor’s Assistant and language instructor at the New Oriental School in Shanghai for three years, and prior to that served as an administrative staff in the Office of the Dean for her undergraduate alma mater, the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Foreign Language College.  Ms. Liu is in charge of coordinating the host family and Chinese roommate living options for CIEE students in Shanghai.