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On Aug. 15 2008, 150 undergraduates from Sichuan Province arrived in New York. These students, primarily sophomores and juniors, were selected from 13 universities in Sichuan Province who are originally from the most attacked regions by the May 12 earth quake under the CSC-SUNY 150 program.


In order to express its sincerity in contributing to the reconstruction work after the devastating earthquakes in Sichuan, SUNY(State University of New York) first expressed its willingness of inviting 150 undergraduates from Sichuan Universities to study in SUNY campuses for one academic year. This initiative enjoys the personal endorsement of Chinese Prime Minister Mr. Wen Jiabao and received great support by the Ministry of Education.


With joint efforts by SUNY, the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, Ministry of Education, Sichuan provincial government, CSC, the CSCSE(China Service Center for Scholarly Exchange), the Chinese Consulate in New York and all the participating universities, all 150 students arrived at New York with in one month after the program was officially announced.


Vice Minister of Education, Mr Zhang Xinsheng, representatives from SUNY , Mr Paul Tagliabue, attended the pre-departure orientation in Chengdu and expressed their congratulations encouraged them to enjoy their life in New York and return to China with honor and success.






On Aug. 16, in the reception hall of the Chinese Consulate-General in New York, Consul-General Peng Keyu gave his warm welcome to the students150. He said he would be very delighted to see all students studying hard in the forthcoming two semesters and learning from their American teachers and classmates, and believe that this unique experience would help broaden students’ vision and become their life long memories. He also emphasized that the China 150 Program would not only help enhance the level of educational cooperation between China and U.S. but also contribute to further development of the Sino-U.S. relations. Delegates from around 22 SUNY campuses also took part in the reception to greet their students.






 Warm welcome and hospitality was also shown by the Chinese community in New York during the lunch of Aug. 16. The next day students guided by the advisors from different campuses left the Maritime College where they spent the first two days after arrival and unfolded a new page of their life in U.S.








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