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AIEG Welcomes the Chinese New Year,Pledges to Foster International Understanding

2020 is the Year of the Rat and Atlanta International Education Group is inviting people to embrace global challenges by forging strong multinational bonds, finding English teachers for China, and helping victims of the coronavirus.

AIEG President and CEO Dr. Jin Jin welcomed more than a hundred guests to the Chinese New Year’s Reception at Chef’s House Restaurant in Duluth on Sunday in Jan. The event was sponsored by the Atlanta International Education Group and co-hosted by the Atlanta Education Association, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and the Chinese Student & Scholar Association of Georgia. 

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Dr. Jin told the audience that AIEG is dedicated to promoting educational and cultural exchange between the US and other nations. AIEG assists schools in internationalization, marketing, and recruiting international students, increasing the international footprint in schools. Dr. Jin says, “AIEG helps American students increase their global competence as they teach English in China.”

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Dr. Jin thanked President of World Affairs Council of Atlanta (WACA) Ambassador Charles Shapiro and his team for their support over the years; the faculty and staff of University of North Georgia (UNG); and longtime friend Dr. PC Tai, a retired professor and former department chair of Georgia State University (GSU), for his advice and his invaluable support of AIEG.

  Dr. Jin offered special thanks to Dr. Yawei Liu, Director of China Program at the Carter Center, for his help and great support over the years.  Addressing the guests, Dr. Liu emphasized the need for China to “interact with the rest of the world.” He pointed to efforts to battle the coronavirus, saying, “If something happens there, it will impact here.” An expert on US-China relations, Dr. Liu has written a number of significant papers on the subject. The Carter Center and World Affairs Council of Atlanta are longtime partners with AIEG and have collaborated closely on key events. Dr. Jin also thanked Former President Jimmy Carter for his tireless efforts towards world peace.

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Dr. Jin introduced AIEG’s TEFL program. AIEG provides scholarships and opportunities to teach English in China with free one-stop service. It includes a TEFL certificate, job offer, Chinese visa, flight ticket, airport pickup, housing, and medical insurance. All free! Applicants must be native speakers, hold a Bachelor’s Degree, and have a TEFL Certificate or be an Education Major.  

AIEG’s TEFL ambassadors Sarah Myers and Joshua Hostetter were on hand to talk about teaching AIEG’s English in China Program, at Zhejiang Normal University Garden Foreign Language School, one of AIEG’s partner schools. Each spoke of the joy of sharing the gift of communication and culture with Chinese students. They remarked on the vitality of China’s people and of experiencing life from a new perspective, sharing language, food, art, architecture, history, music, travel, and celebrations.

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AIEG encouraged attendees to donate masks to hospitals in Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus which threatens people worldwide. This money will be used to provide medical masks and equipment on the frontline of this critical health effort.  

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Beyond this, AIEG is looking to a new generation. Students from Emory, Georgia Tech, University of GA, University of North Georgia, and Georgia State University hosted guessing games with prizes for the children. These young minds will soon lead the world!

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