Deputy Director of the FEB's Information Center Zhong Yanguang
Published on Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:54
n Tuesday, February 25, over 100 leaders from the Foreign Experts Bureau, provincial and municipal education officials, and representatives of school districts across China, gathered in Shanghai for an informational session on the Ameson Year in China
program, which brings recent college graduates from the US to China for a year of cultural and educational exchange.
FEB representatives from across China made up the majority of attendees and opened the event with two speeches: one from Director of the Cultural and Educational Experts Management Dept. of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs Xiong Deyi, the other from Deputy Director of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs Information Center Zhong Yanguang. Following Xiong and Zhong was a speech by Ameson Executive Vice-Chairman Sean Zhang, after which AYC China Coordinator David Lu gave an overall introduction to the AYC program. A few awards were also handed out, including two for Outstanding Cultural Ambassadors to AYC participants Ryan Cobb and Gillian Chu
Ameson's David Lu introduces the successes of this year's AYC program
The meeting was also attended by several dozen representatives from school districts and individual schools around the country: this August began AYC’s inaugural year
, and word has spread quickly of the program’s success
. Between August and September of 2013, AYCers were placed in over 70 primary, middle, and high schools in 27 cities around eastern China. Although the year is not yet complete, the Chinese students are already excelling in English. By the end of the information session, many previously untapped cities and provinces were clamoring for AYCers in their schools; regions where the program has already been implemented increased the number of teachers they would hire for next year. Notably, the program will be expanding west, into Chongqing, and north, into Heilongjiang.