• AASCU and CCIEE Celebrate Largest Graduating Class
    in CHEPD 1+2+1 Program History

    Organized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and China Center for International Educational Exchanges (CCIEE), the 19th graduation ceremony for the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program was held on June 14, 2022. Two thousand participants from over 80 program universities in China and the U.S. joined the virtual ceremony. In addition, more than 50 U.S. university presidents, provosts, senior international officers, and program coordinators attended a meet-and-greet before the ceremony.

    Terry Brown, vice president of academic innovation and transformation at AASCU, delivered congratulatory remarks to the graduates. Millersville University of Pennsylvania President Daniel Wubah delivered remarks on behalf of U.S.-participating institutions.

    This year, more than 530 students graduated from 42 Chinese and 20 U.S. institutions—the largest number of students to graduate since the start of the program. In this graduating class, 340 students (65%) received the academic excellence award given to students with a GPA above 3.5. Meanwhile, 72% of the graduates will continue to pursue graduate studies. Forty students from this group have been accepted to universities like Johns Hopkins University (MA), Columbia University (NY), New York University, and the University of Maryland to continue their studies. Many graduates have received offers from their preferred companies.

    AASCU and CCIEE started the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program in 2000. The program allows Chinese students to spend one to two years at an AASCU institution for undergraduate and graduate studies. Students in the CHEPD 1+2+1 Program earn two separate degrees, one from their Chinese home institution and one from the U.S. host institution. The CHEPD 1+2+1 Program is the largest student mobility program between China and the U.S. and has become one of the most important platforms for cooperation between Chinese and American universities. Since its inception, more than 170 AASCU and Chinese institutions have participated, and over 6,000 Chinese students have successfully completed the program.

    As the fall semester approaches, there are 150 Chinese students already enrolled in the CHEPD program. These students will begin the process, which includes applying for visas and preparing for their departure to U.S. campuses in fall 2022. 

    Watch the full ceremony.

    CHEPD Graduation 2022