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4 Days Left to Register for the 2013 Annual Conference

There are only four days left to register for the 2013 CIEE Annual Conference, November 20-23, in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Register by November 1.

Only TWO spots are left in our One-Day International Faculty Development Seminar in the Somali community of Cedar-Riverside—register today! It's sure to be an inspiring and enlightening day as we explore the complex process of community adaption.

And, there are still a few open slots in our pre-conference workshops:

Pre-Conference Workshop I - Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining Curriculum Integration of Education Abroad

Pre-Conference Workshop II - Demystifying Digital Storytelling: Narrating International Experience with Digital Media

Don't wait, register today. See you in Minneapolis!

Anne Gray
Senior Manager, CIEE Annual Conference


Minneapolis: Home to the Best Parks in the Nation

Looking for a place to stroll or relax during the conference this fall? You're in luck! The Trust of the Public Land recently named Minneapolis the nation's best big city for public parks. Parks were scored on factors including size, access to citizens, and services provided.

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New Collection of Japanese Art at Minneapolis Museum

Clark collection

A collection of nearly 1,700 works of Japanese art is headed to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

A number of pieces from the the collection--which is part of a gift and purchase from the Clark Center of Japanese Art and Culture, in California--will be on display during our CIEE Annual Conference this November!

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Minnesota’s US Bank agrees to open account allowing US Somalis to transfer money to Africa

U.S. Bank has agreed to open an account that will allow Somalis living in Minnesota to send money to their homeland, reopening a lifeline to relatives living in the war-torn East African country. Somalis in Minnesota, which is home to the largest U.S. Somali community, say their families in Africa might not survive without the monthly remittances they send them… Read the article.


Shanghai Calling

Shanghai callling poster

Keep an eye out for the release of Shanghai Calling.

The “cross-cultural, romantic comedy” from Joy Luck Club producer Janet Yang, follows a young, Chinese-American  attorney discovering the wonders of Shanghai while on assignment in the city.

The film is making the international film circuit and could soon be picked up by a U.S. distributer.

Read more here about Ms. Yang, and the role of film in cultural exchange. You can also visit the film’s website for trailers, screenings and more.



Innovation and Incubation in China. Where The System is the Problem

Will China learn to innovate?

It is a question that has been discussed for a while, and was the topic of focus at the ISTA conference in Nanjing last week.

An organization that works to facilitate tech transfer developed in universities to the private sector, I was one of four panelists discussing different aspect of tech development and incubation in China. With my focus being on the market / business model side for tech development as in solving china’s largest issues of environment, economy, and society. the other three focused primarily on the role of university based incubators and of government funding.

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CIEE Scholarships Support President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative

CIEE is excited to announce that since its inception in March 2012, the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) has awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships and grants to college and university students interested in CIEE’s Study Abroad in China programs. These scholarships and grants directly support President Barack Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative, which seeks to significantly increase the number and diversify the composition of American students studying abroad in China.

There is perhaps no more complex relationship between nations in the world than the one that exists between the U.S. and China. Announced in November 2009, the “100,000 Strong” initiative seeks to prepare the next generation of American experts on China who will be charged with managing the growing political, economic, and cultural ties between the two countries. The initiative also seeks to develop specific opportunities and funding sources for underrepresented students to study in China.

Through GAIN, which commits $1 million in grants and scholarships each year to help diversify the study abroad experience, CIEE is able to support this mission by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from a traditionally underrepresented social or ethnic group, have a documented disability, or are in an underrepresented field of study. The average scholarship is worth $1,300, which can be put toward the costs for a summer, semester, or full year study abroad program.

Recipients are chosen based on a submitted essay about the barriers he or she needs to overcome in order to study abroad, how he or she plans to encourage students facing similar challenges to study abroad, and why studying abroad is important to students from all walks of life.

In his essay, GAIN winner Dominic Romeo—an intensive Chinese language student at the University of Notre Dame with a Native American background—explained the impact studying abroad in China will have on his future: “The CIEE GAIN scholarship will afford me the opportunity to study abroad, thereby enabling me to obtain fluency in Mandarin and become intimately acquainted with the Chinese culture in an extremely enjoyable fashion. Ultimately, this experience will pave the way for me to effectively work as a diplomat between China and the United States, with a special focus on United States-China relations.”

CIEE has administered study abroad programs in mainland China for more than 30 years, since the first CIEE Study Center opened at Peking University in 1980. Today, CIEE offers Study Centers in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Taipei with programs in advanced Chinese studies; business, language, and culture; communications, business, and political economy; and intensive Chinese language.

Established in 1947, CIEE is the leader in international education. For 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally independent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.



Shanghai Time-Lapse


The Impact of Economic Growth on Cultural Values in China

“It is one of our comforting and enduring myths that as China becomes more modern and sophisticated, more like us, it will come to adopt our values. I’m not sure it’s going to be like that. [Chinese students during the Lhasa riots in 2008] were very hostile to the criticism of the Chinese government. The key insight for me is that rather than pro-democracy feelings increasing as China grows economically, it is a radical, shrill nationalism that is emerging. There is an enthusiastic embrace of the economic benefits of the market but resentment of Western cultural hegemony. The attitude is: if we make it economically, we don’t have to kowtow to you culturally."




China's Banks and the U.S. Banking System

Forbes writes:

 The Federal Reserve’s decision this week to green light the expansion plans of three massive state-owned Chinese banks, including the first-ever takeover of a group of U.S. bank branches by a Chinese lender, got tremendous media attention and seemed to play into general fears about China flexing its muscles in America’s backyard.

But while China’s big banks and some parts of China’s government appear to be trying to play a bigger role in the global financial system, China’s banks will not play a meaningful role in the U.S. any time soon. Here are five reasons why:

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