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Consul General Huang Ping Visited State University of New York
On Mar 27th, Consul General Huang Ping was invited to visit the State University of New York (SUNY) and the University at Albany. Accompanied by Education Counselor Yang Jun, Huang Ping met with Tod A. Laursen, the Provost of the SUNY system, and Edelgard Wulfert, Interim Provost of the University at Albany, visited the Confucius Institute at the University at Albany, and communicated with Chinese students and professors there.

During his visit of SUNY, Huang Ping expressed his deep appreciation to the SUNY system for opening its doors to 150 students from Sichuan Province, where was hit by an earthquake in 2008. According to Huang Ping, educational exchanges between China and the United States are of great importance. At present, there are nearly 400,000 Chinese students studying and living in the United States, including more than 8,000 in the SUNY system, who are an important force in promoting people-to-people friendship between the two countries. At the same time, there are many Chinese universities hoping to learn from the American experience and strengthen their input in on-the-job training and lifelong learning, leading to enormous potential in educational cooperation between China and the United States.
 Meet with Tod A. Laursen

Tod A. Laursen said that the SUNY system is committed to promoting international educational exchanges and cooperation. International students not only could promote diversity and mutual understanding on campus but also are a force of great value for improving the quality of education. Becoming an important symbol of people-to-people friendship between the United States and China, the students from Sichuan strengthened the friendship between young students of the two countries. Community colleges in the United States have flexible teaching schedules and methods, providing educational opportunities for more students, especially non-traditional learners. SUNY is willing to discuss cooperation in this field with Chinese universities.

In the University at Albany, Huang Ping said that there are more than 500 Chinese students studying and living in the school now. He would like to thank the university for the educational resources and care it provides to Chinese students, as well as its strong support for the establishment of the Confucius Institute in cooperation with Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. At present, China-US relations are at a critical stage in history. It is necessary for us to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the field of education and contribute to enhancing mutual understanding between people of the two nations.

Meet with Edelgard Wulfert

Edelgard Wulfert indicated that the University at Albany has extensive cooperation with Fudan University, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. This fall, the university is going to welcome the first batch of students from the 3+1+1 program of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. China's development has attracted worldwide attention, and Confucius Institutes provide a window for American society to understand China better. The University has renewed the cooperation agreement on Confucius Institute and will continue to support its development in the future.

After the meeting, Huang Ping and the delegation visited the Confucius Institute at SUNY Albany to encourage its faculty members to teach Chinese well and to make continued contributions to promoting people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States.

Huang Ping also visited Chinese professors and students living and studying in Albany, encouraging them to tell better stories about China and to promote China-US friendship together.
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