Alliance Partners With 100,000 Strong
The Alliance for Global Education is delighted to announce its partnership with the 100,000 Strong Foundation to expand and diversify the number of Americans studying Mandarin and studying abroad in China.
The Foundation was established in January 2013 in response to the U.S. Department of State’s 100,000 Strong Initiative launched by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. While this initiative has achieved its goal of 100,000 Americans studying abroad in China over four years, the Foundation continues to invest in U.S.-China relations through educational exchange and the study of Mandarin language.
Each year the Foundation identifies a handful of Signature Partners that share not only the vision of enhancing U.S.-China relations through study abroad, but also recognize the need to engage students who do not typically study abroad. Together the Foundation and its Signature Partners make a concerted effort to reach those communities currently underrepresented in study abroad programs, including students of color, low-income students, and community college students.
Since 2007, The Alliance for Global Education has enrolled more than 1,800 undergraduate students at its program centers across China, in addition to providing both program administration and academic content for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship programs in China over several years in conjunction with the American Councils for International Education.
As a Signature Partner for the 2015-2016 Academic Year, the Alliance hopes to substantially increase the number, as well as diversity, of American students studying abroad in China. Ten outstanding Alliance alumni will also serve as 100,000 Strong Student Ambassadors in their local and campus communities by promoting Mandarin language learning and China as a study abroad destination.