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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Harvard Kennedy School-Highlight

2014 - 2019

Students from Harvard Kennedy School engaged in discussion with Mr. Gao Jian, Deputy Director General of International Affairs Department of the National Development and Reform Commission
Students from Harvard Kennedy School engaged in discussion with Mr. Gao Jian, Deputy Director General of International Affairs Department of the National Development and Reform Commission

Partnering with the Chinese People’s Association with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), the China-United States Exchange Foundation hosted a group of 18 Harvard Kennedy School graduate students for the 5th annual 10-day study trek to China.

The delegation visited Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai, participating in substantive meetings to achieve a better understanding of China’s global engagement as well as the opportunities and challenges the nation faces on the world stage. Through discussions with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Affairs Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), in addition to regional organizations and businesses such as the Sichuan Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, and NIO Shanghai, the students gained greater awareness of the ways in which China collaborates with foreign nations and received a first-hand experience of the unique economic and global state of affairs China finds itself in today. Alongside visits with government officials and international businesses, the delegation explored Mutianyu Great Wall, took a river cruise on Huangpu River, and visited the giant pandas at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center.

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