Creating Relationships through Education

As the leaders of the next generation educate themselves on an increasingly interconnected and complex world, direct engagement and experience with other cultures is critical. Working with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, CUSEF is committed to providing immersive experiences for student leaders and those responsible with guiding them toward the future through engagement trips to China. These delegations comprised of students from a variety of universities explore the realities of China on the ground while also questioning Chinese government officials, private sector players, scholars, and other students about the key issues impacting the China-U.S. relationship.

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Columbia University SIPA Students

2017 - 2019

Columbia SIPA students visit Vanke
Columbia SIPA students visit Vanke

In collaboration with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), the Foundation co-organized and sponsored a group of 18 Columbia students to visit China between January 2nd and January 12th, 2019 to study China’s Innovation and their Global Partnership Strategies.

During the 11-day trip, the delegation visited three places in China, namely, Beijing, Yunnan and Shenzhen, where they met with Chinese government ministries, business leaders, academics and non-profit organizations to gain a panoramic view of China and its development. Students also visited a number of famous cultural sites in China, including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, and sampled a variety of Chinese cuisines.