Diplomatic Relations: CBC-HBCU-China Collaboration

In a historic move on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, China’s highest-ranking education leader, Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong, announced the award of 400 two-week scholarships over four years to students in districts of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), to study in China. The Chinese government also will provide 1,000 study credits to Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) for longer-term study in China, ranging from 3 months to 2 years, for undergraduate or postgraduate studies. The scholarships are part of continuing efforts for increased U.S.-China educational exchanges, and the relationship-building work by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation with the CBC and HBCUs. The African American community outreach by China is designed to assist America’s diverse students in becoming better prepared for a more competitive 21st century global marketplace.

(Pictured from left: Mr. Alexander Tzang, special advisor to the China-US Exchange Foundation (CUSEF); Dr. Beverly Hogan, president of Tougaloo College; Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18); Dr. Norman Francis, president of Xavier University of Louisiana; CBC Chairwoman Cong. Marcia Fudge (OH-11); Cong. Cedric Richmond (LA-2); Vice Premier Liu Yandong; Cong. Elijah Cummings (MD-7); Dr. Wayne Frederick, interim president of Howard University; Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University; Ms. Julia Wilson, CEO and founder of Wilson Global Communications and appointed liaison representative for CUSEF)