- Is GCC a political organization?
GCC is an entirely non-partisan organization. We do not advocate for one government or political group over another. Rather, we cultivate relationships and seek understanding beyond political issues. Moreover, we are not working towards a homogenous “global” culture. We are proud of our differences, and we respect them.
- Is GCC a China-based or international organization?
GCC is very much an international organization. The network was originally founded and developed in the United States, though we enjoy very fruitful partnerships with Chinese institutions and run many of our activities in the PRC. GCC University Chapters are located in the U.S., Canada, France, the U.K., Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
- When/how/why was GCC founded?
GCC was founded in September of 2008. GCC’s founders identified the need for a student-run organization that could connect talented young people passionate about engaging with China. Although there are many China-focused student organizations at individual universities, there was no one platform that could unite students of similar interests and ambitions around the world. The solution was GCC.
- If I sign up, will you find a great job/internship for me?
We are the platform for our members to build their own connections. We are not the connections. Members do not simply sign up and start receiving job offers and other opportunities. However, those who actively contribute to GCC will have increasing opportunities to work, study, and travel abroad through our programs.
- What is the relationship between GCC and www.globalchinaconnection.com?
There is no relationship between GCC and www.globalchinaconnection.com, an unaffiliated, for-profit educational services firm.
- Is GCC for students or professionals?
Although our network does and will continue to extend beyond the realm of students, being a student-run organization is an aspect of our identity that defines what we do and how we do it. All official Members must be students.
- Is there a membership fee?
Of course not! GCC does not charge a membership fee.
- Do I have to speak Chinese (or be Chinese) to be involved?
No. We encourage Chinese speaking ability, but it’s not a requirement. GCC has always been a very diverse group with associates coming from a wide range of racial, economic, and educational backgrounds.
- Can high school students get involved in GCC?
GCC primarily connects student leaders at the university level, though high school students are strongly encouraged to attend events organized by GCC University Chapters in their region. In rare circumstances, exceptional high school students may join GCC Management.
- Can professionals get involved?
Professionals are welcome to attend all GCC-organized events, including conferences and networking cocktails, as well as events organized separately by GCC’s Alumni Association. More information can be found here.
- Does GCC have chapters in mainland China?
GCC does not operate university chapters in mainland China. But we do oversee City Committees in many of China’s main metropolitan areas, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, and Guangzhou. These groups of local and international students organize activities throughout the year, and tend to be most active during the summer. GCC’s partner organizations, such as the All-China Youth Federation and the student government unions of Peking University and Tsinghua University, are instrumental to our programs in China.
- Does my school have a chapter? If not, how do I start one?
Chapters are located at a geographically diverse spectrum of top universities including Harvard, Stanford, McGill, and Hong Kong University. Click here to see a full list of our chapters. If there is no GCC presence at your university, please contact our Network Division at network@GCCglobal.org and let us know that you would like to start a chapter. Please include a CV with your message.
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