AIEG Looks to a Courageous New Year
Dr. Jin Jin, President and CEO of AIEG, hosted a Chinese Lunar New Year’s gathering to promote communication and cooperation with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and Young Leaders, and of course, to have fun. As part of the celebration, AIEG is committing itself to further the development of education exchange between Atlanta and China in 2017! In addition, AIEG plans to spread the word about its efforts to create bridges between Atlanta and Asian Pacific schools and organizations.
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta president, Ambassador Charles Shapiro, introduced AIEG President, Dr. Jin Jin, before a packed gathering of over one hundred attendees on January 24th at The Golden House in Duluth, Georgia. The Chinese New Year begins on January 28th, and vibrant celebrations run through February 12th. .
In Dr. Jin Jin’s welcome speech, she said, “People born in the Year of the Rooster are very observant, resourceful and courageous. Roosters are very confident in themselves.” In the spirit of courageous outreach, Dr. Jin Jin added: “AIEG is dedicated to Atlanta’s globalization through promoting education and culture exchanges between Georgia and Asian Pacific countries. Our goal is to prepare future global citizens and business leaders who embody gratitude, integrity, and compassion. With our passion for building bridges, we have been actively marketing Georgia's education sector in every province in China. We help international students come to Atlanta to pursue their degrees in schools and colleges. Meanwhile, we are also assisting American students to study abroad, teach or work in China.” Dr. Jin Jin added that AIEG provides a lot of opportunities for Atlanta students, and she invited anyone who wished to study abroad or teach English in China to contact AIEG.
The event also featured a presentation from the WACA China Fellows. Trevor Williams, managing editor and author of Global Atlanta, moderated the discussion. Several Young Leaders China Fellows spoke to the gathering about a recent trip organized by GSU’s Confucius Institute.
Dr. Jin Jin with WACA Young leaders and China Fellows
There, they spent their time making business contacts and exploring China’s culture and its opportunities. Maddie Cook, Trade Commissioner and Consulate General of Canada of the Southeast, said she was “surprised by the vastness of China” and impressed with Chinese hospitality, promptness, and attention to detail. David Krezmer, corporate banking associate of HSBC, talked about handing someone a business card and noticing that the recipient read it back and front. “They take that time to get to know you and create that personal relationship,” Krezmer said. Kathryn Aquino of Porsche Cars North America noted that the people they met were very hospitable and they “wanted to understand us just as much as we wanted to understand them.”
In Dr. Jin Jin’s words, “Exposing students to new and different approaches to life as well as new ways of thinking and governance will help them develop an understanding of others. International education and exchange plays a significant role in bringing the world together.”
Dr. Jin Jin gave Chinese red envelopes to the participants
With the help of AIEG colleagues, Director of Education Helen Chen and Director of Marketing Judy Zhou, Dr. Jin Jin also celebrated one of the fun cultural traditions of Chinese New Year. She called up to the front everyone who was born in the Year of the Rooster and presented them with a small red envelope containing luck money.
AIEG staff with WACA President/Ambassador Mr. Shapiro
AIEG helps schools with recruitment, improving retention, marketing and promotion, multinational networking, and planning education exchange programs. In addition, AIEG offers assistance with internship placement, TEFL scholarship and Teaching English in China opportunities for American students. If you are interested in teaching English in China, please contact AIEG.
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