ED Official Visits China, Calls for More American Students to Study Abroad

Eduardo Ochoa is interviewed in ChinaHave you or someone you know considered studying abroad during college? How about somewhere with a rich history, a fascinating culture, and a country that is quickly emerging as an important player on the world stage? Then you should consider China. This is according to Eduardo Ochoa, ED’s assistant secretary for postsecondary education, who recently made an official visit to China and spoke about the need for more American students to spend time studying in China.

“Given the increasingly important role that China will play in the world in the years to come, it makes sense that if we want our students to be well-educated so as to be globally competitive, they need to understand Chinese society better and acquire language skills as well,” said Ochoa in an interview with the Xinhuanet News Agency during his trip.

In the interview, Ochoa referenced President Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched in May 2010. The initiative is a national effort to increase the number of American students studying in China, preparing the next generation of American experts on China. Currently there are ten times more Chinese students studying in the U.S. than American students studying in China.

Also during his trip, Ochoa addressed the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference on Cross-Border Education, visited East China Normal University and joined a roundtable with representatives from American universities in Shanghai, and made an official visit with Vice Minister of Education Hao Ping and other representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Watch a video of Ochoa’s Xinhuanet interview, and read more about President Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative.