Destination China: Scholarships to Fuel New Study Abroad Program

July 23, 2014

BSU Provost Jackson Traveled to Beijing as Part of HBCU Delegation to Formalize Program with Chinese Government

MEDIA CONTACT: Damita Chambers, dchambers@bowiestate.edu, 301-832-2628

(Bowie, Md.) -- July 23, 2014 -- Bowie State University students will have a new opportunity to broaden their global perspectives through scholarships to study abroad in China, thanks to the work of a coalition of eight historically black colleges and universities to develop a pilot project with the Chinese government.

BSU Provost Weldon Jackson was part of a delegation of leaders from the eight HBCUs that traveled to Beijing in July to formalize the agreement. Over a four-year period, the program will provide 1,000 study abroad scholarships to students from 50 historically black colleges and universities. The Chinese government will cover the costs of the education and housing for the students while in China.

“Bowie State University is focused on developing emerging leaders able to function and contribute to the global community,” said Jackson. “This opportunity enables students to expand their worldview by being immersed in another culture for an extended period of time. I expect that students will return with amazing stories about their experiences that will infuse and excite the campus about the value of global experiences.”

Jackson anticipates that the first cohort of BSU students will study in China as early as summer 2015 for a four-week experience. Later, he expects that semester-long program opportunities will become available.

Students will enroll in courses in Chinese institutions that fit into their program of study. Instruction will be provided in English, but BSU students will be introduced to the basics of Mandarin Chinese as part of their orientation before they travel.

The HBCU-Chinese partnership was first discussed in 2013 when President Mickey L. Burnim joined a delegation of HBCU leaders on a visit to China to meet with government officials. The other inaugural HBCU partners are: Morgan State University, Howard University, Tougaloo College, Morehouse College, Hampton University, Spelman College, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

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