Erik Presley (USA)

My Trip to China – Ready to Celebrate

by Erik Presley | October 2, 2009 | Erik Presley (USA) 0 Comments

I’m less than a week away from going to China. I’ll be visiting high schools and universities and with our team. What a great time to be there just shortly after their 60th anniversary. Yet China has a much longer and rich history than the last 60 years. For North American students this country is a great place to come for short-term or mid-term study. This nation will be one of a few leading economic powers  in the next decade and even today it continues to demonstrate its strength through manufacturing, real estate development and growth in the financial market.

A rich history in China.

A rich history in China.

60th Anniversary Celebration

60th Anniversary Celebration

This trip will be an important step in developing China – U.S. relations for ELI 360 and its university and high school partners. For our partner universities I’m very optimistic regarding Chinese students and their desire to be in the U.S. for their undergraduate study. The meetings that are lined up will take place in Shanghai, Beijing and Dalian.

Part of the effort will include meeting with parents who are ready to send their child to the U.S. while other meetings will engage institutions in further dialogue regarding 1+3 and 2+2 programs which is a strategic need for all ELI 360 partners. I’m most encouraged over these opportunities as they benefit both nations in developing a real cooperative effort between organizations and continue to move both sides of the world toward the idea we call PeopleFuzion.

PeopleFuzion is the idea of bringing people of different ethnicities together in an appropriate environment, and when together, the sum of these ethnicities multiplies exponentially so that any idea, work effort, discovery or combined viewpoint is more complete and more adequate to the task. It is the practice of bringing cultures from across the world together. It is the exchange of people and ideas.

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