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cover16HOUSTON – A select group of Lone Star College-North Harris students will be taking the trip of a lifetime this summer. As part of the China U.S. Exchange Foundation, 18 students from LSC-North Harris will visit China August 2-16.

During this two-week trip, the students will be traveling to Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai, learning about China’s educational and economic systems, and culture.

“Our students have an opportunity to expand their education in a global context,” said Dr. Wei Li, LSC-North Harris professor of English and developmental studies, and faculty representative participating in the trip. “I see great potential for these students to become friendship ambassadors between the United States and China, successful diplomats and business people, and citizens and peace makers of the global village.”

The group will also be visiting various Chinese universities, meeting the students and faculty, and attending lectures and presentations on Chinese culture. In addition, they will also visit new energy source factories and learn about international business.

U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, representing Texas’ 18th Congressional District, was instrumental in making this opportunity available to Lone Star College students.

“This trip fulfills a commitment made by the People’s Republic of China, and I am pleased that they will make sure these Lone Star College students will take part in this groundbreaking program which hopefully will serve as a catalyst for future delegations for students across this great nation,” said Congresswoman Jackson Lee.

The main goals for this program are to reach out to qualified and motivated students and provide them with international exposure to different cultures, and provide future educational and business opportunities.

“The program is designed to provide a diverse group of young Americans living or attending school in Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Member districts with the opportunity to experience Chinese culture and gain exposure to broad career opportunities in an era of increasing globalization,” added Jackson Lee.

The participants who were selected for the program are some of the college’s highest-achieving students and leaders on campus. More than half of the students in the delegation are currently enrolled in The Honors College.

“We are very proud and excited that our students were chosen for such a prestigious honor,” said  Li. “Our student delegation will be setting a precedent as model student ambassadors for not only the Lone Star College System, but for our country as well.”