Which graduate school were you attending when you participated in FPC?

I was attending The Ohio State University for International Higher Education when I participated in FPC. 

What are you doing now?

I’m continuing my PhD studies in Internationalizing U.S. Higher Education Institutions in the Chinese Environment in the College of Education and Human Ecology.  I’m also in the process of attending the Fisher College of Business to learn data analytics as a cognate for the evidence-based approach in my research. 

On a daily basis, I work as a liaison between the Graduate School and the Office of International Affairs, as a graduate associate.  In the meantime – after the FPC program – I have a new group of friends to be in touch with, look up to, exchange ideas and as an extension of my support system; those who have a common goal of cultivating a harmonious relationship between China and the U.S.

How did FPC impact you?

FPC brought me closer to the arena where policy is created, and focused the lens for me to enter the stage of where our respective countries are, and what we are headed.  Being exposed to the experts who make the policies, who work tirelessly to promote a positive future for both countries and the world, and the aspiring peers who will become future leaders, all created a priceless experience that only can be had through such a course of events. 

What was your favorite part of FPC?

This program was impeccable and very well put together.  As many of us participants have said, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  If I were to capture one part that is my favorite – that would be the phrase “honesty”.  This phrase has been interwoven throughout the program highlighted by the dedication of the staff, the down-to-earth dialogues, and the interaction with the most renowned speakers.  It was the authenticity of the human minds, along with the memories, feelings and hopes that touched me.  I learned that these are the approaches FPC encouraged us to continue when we actively cultivate the relationship between our countries.  As Ms. Jan Berris said during her opening talk for FPC, “Policy means bringing people together.”   

Why should current Chinese graduate students attend FPC?   

Students who pursue graduate studies are destined to be leaders in their field.  They are positioned to contribute to the society through their mind of works and action of engagement.  The two countries’ future depends on these leaders who can effectively transition between the good and hard times with their intuitive understanding.  They are the ones who can bring forth what FPC has promoted for both countries: constructive engagement. 

As for my own experience, FPC provides this platform and is second to none.  

U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

The U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium is an exclusive four-day program designed to provide 75 of the best and brightest Chinese graduate students studying at colleges and universities from across the United States a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the complex forces that shape American foreign policy and inform the U.S.-China relationship.

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