In addition to partnering for the production of multiple China Forums over the years, CUSEF sponsors and organizes groups of Johns Hopkins SAIS graduate students to visit China. During the most recent trip from November 17, 2017 to November 27, 2017, twenty students gained better understand the country’s energy transition. During the 10-days’ visit, the professors and the students visited Beijing, Shenzhen, Changzhou and Shanghai to engage in substantive meetings. Some of the highlights included the meeting with the National Development and Reform Commission, Energy Research Institute, Ministry of Environmental Protection, National Energy Administration, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, China Shenzhen Emissions Exchange, Shenzhen Energy Mawan Energy Plant and a visit to Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute where they were able to interact with the Chinese students and to establish friendship.
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.