Delegations help our members build relationships not only with their student peers around the globe but also some of the most prominent organizations and companies in the world.
GCC organizes two types of delegations: from China to the U.S., and from the U.S. to China. Delegations from China to the U.S. enable Chinese students to experience student life in the U.S., and offer an opportunity for Western students to meet their peers from China. Delegations in the other direction help cement our ties with critical partners in the private sector and the non-profit community. Participation in delegations is competitive.
Tsinghua University Delegation 2012
GCC is proud to announce that chapters from GWU, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Harvard, and Princeton hosted the 2012 Tsinghua University Delegation. Having hosted the same delegation a year ago with great success, our chapters – this year more logistically and financially prepared – were eager to once again welcome a premier group of Tsinghua students to their campus. Since the initial delegation, our northeastern regional chapters have undergone significant growth both in terms of membership and leadership.
As with past delegations, the bulk of the time was spent touring the monuments and sights of Washington DC – including a walking tour of the National Mall, with stops at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Air and Space Museum. On their second day, the delegation took a tour of the World Bank Group, which included a presentation from the Office of the Vice-President of Asian Operations, attended a presentation at the American Enterprise Institute, and toured the United States Capitol Complex, where the delegates were able to watch the Senate from the galley.
The real highlight of the trip, however, was the reception held for the delegates on Sunday night. The reception allowed members of the Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and GWU chapters, plus professors from GWU as well as local DC professionals, to interact with the delegates on a personal level. The event included remarks by the director of the Asian studies department at GWU, as well as the leader of the delegation, Dr. Ruijun Sun.
With yet another successful trip to DC by a GCC-lead delegation from Tsinghua, the group of northeast regional chapters looks forward to continuing the delegation tradition. Delegations such as these are one of the most important functions GCC performs, and represent a very direct embodiment of GCC’s mission statement, “building relationships that will change the world”.
The delegation trip was the first time most of the delegates had come to the United States, and the first time many of them had ever left China. In this way, the Tsinghua Delegation, and the various chapters that hosted them, represents diplomacy in its purest form, and the chapters were honored to once again play a roll.
Special thanks to GCC – Columbia’s Ocean Huang for leading the delegation as well as Lauren Hickey and Josh Carpenter for arranging visits in the DC area.