by Lu Hui
BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhuanet) – More U.S. students are encouraged to study in China to gain a competitive edge in a globalized world, a U.S. educational official said here during a recent interview with Xinhuanet.
Eduardo M. Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education said the move will translate into reality President Obama's plan to bring 100,000 American students to China.
In an inclusive interview with Xinhuanet, Ochoa said, "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.”
He also expressed the hoped to see more cooperation between U.S. universities and their Chinese counterparts in the educational field.
Ochoa, who is on a trip to Beijing, pointed out that a lot of U.S. universities have established academic programs in China and that the most recent and high-profile one is New York University (NYU) plans to open its first standalone campus in Shanghai.
Ochoa was very excited at NYU becoming a global university. "If you are a NYU student, it won’t matter which one is your home base, you will be at home anywhere in the world in the multiple campuses." Ochoa noted.
"So that’s very interesting. But basically, it is the university that has already taken the lead and tends to be the top-gear university," he added.
Ochoa noted that U.S. welcomes international students as a lot of Chinese students have come to the United States.
He said, "From the standpoint of national interests, I think we will be particularly interested in seeing international students present in a wider spectrum of American institutions, and it enriches the education experience of our own students if we have more international students."