Thursday, October 1, 2015

SAIS and the 100,000 Strong Foundation Form Strategic Partnership

Professor and Director of China Studies, David Lampton, is joined by Kurt Campbell, Chairman and CEO of The Asia Group; Johnny Taylor Jr, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; Evan Medeiros, Special assistant to President Barack Obama; and Carola McGiffert, President of the 100,000 Strong Foundation at the release the Foundation’s report at SAIS on Oct 1, 2014. (Photo: China Daily)

Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the 100,000 Strong Foundation have officially become partners in the effort to enhance U.S.-China ties through education. The 100,000 Strong Foundation annually designates a handful of organizations as Signature Partners. These organizations share the goal of increasing the number and diversifying the pool of Americans learning Mandarin and studying abroad in China.

The new Strategic Partnership between SAIS and the 100,000 Strong Foundation will enhance an already close working relationship.  In 2014, for example, Johns Hopkins SAIS co-sponsored the release of the Foundation’s report, Strengthening US-China Relations One Student at a Time, and held an event to launch the report.  The CEO and President of 100,000 Strong Foundation, Carola McGiffert, received an MA in China Studies from SAIS, and the COO and Vice President, Travis Tanner, is an alumnus of SAIS and the Hopkins Nanjing Center.

During President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington, President Obama announced a new nationwide initiative, led by 100,000 Strong, to see 1 million American students studying Mandarin by 2020.

We look forward to collaborating with our partners to grow the 100,000 Strong Foundation’s nationwide 1 Million Strong Initiative to promote deeper US-China ties through study abroad and Mandarin language learning.