• Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program Coordinators
    Reconnect at Annual Worker Bee Meeting

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    “Worker Bees” at the AASCU Offices.

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    Greetings from Mr. Zhang Jing, Director of CCIEE, China.

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    “Worker Bees” at the Chinese Embassy.

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    Reception hosted by the Chinese Embassy for the group.

    For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 28 coordinators from 23 AASCU member institutions gathered in person for the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program Annual Worker Bee Meeting at AASCU’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Each year, the Worker Bee meeting brings together the on-campus coordinators for institutions participating in the CHEPD 1+2+1 Program for a day and a half of learning, sharing, and connection.

    From Sept. 19–20, the coordinators—also known as “Worker Bees”—explored topics related to innovative methods to recruit Chinese students and the development of assessment tools to evaluate various aspects of the program. Participants also took a deep dive into a case study on the feasibility analysis of a new 3+1+1 model and shared their experiences and solutions to issues related to student management on campuses over the past two years.

    The meeting was hosted with support from the China Center for International Educational Exchanges (CCIEE), AASCU's longtime partner organization in China for joint administration of the program. 

    The highlight of the meeting was a dialogue and dinner reception at the Chinese Embassy, where the Office of Educational Affairs provided an update on Chinese student mobility in the U.S. and the China scholarship program that facilitates mobility for American students. The dinner reception was the first time the Chinese Embassy hosted a large group since the onset of the pandemic, with Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Madam Xu Xueyuan joining the reception to deliver personal welcome remarks.

    C. Julie Whitlow, vice provost for academic affairs and assistant provost for global engagement at Salem State University (MA), thanked Minister Xu Xueyuan for hosting the event on behalf of the U.S. participants. In addition, the Worker Bees were invited on a guided tour to experience the arts, crafts, paintings, and other national treasures displayed throughout the embassy. 

    To learn more about the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program, visit the program webpage.

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    “Worker Bees” visiting Chinese Embassy in Washington DC