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A China Check-in from CEO Jim Hall

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Earlier this month, I spent some time at the WorldStrides Shanghai office. Though China is a world away from our WorldStrides headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, our goal remains the same: to enhance students’ lives through educational travel. Every time I travel to the Far East, it strikes me afresh that travel truly is a global necessity. I am so proud that WorldStrides has grown to become an organization that supports student travel all over the world.

CBL Dinner

A highlight of the trip for me was our celebration of CBL’s one-year anniversary as a WorldStrides company. We celebrated this by honoring the universities who work with us through CBL, which provides on-campus study opportunities for students from all over the world. Wilf Stephenson from Oriel College at Oxford spoke to the group before a delicious gala dinner. Also in attendance were the principals from Suzhou High School—the first Chinese school to go on a trip with us.

Another goal of this trip was to do some serious business planning. For this, we were joined by one of our advisors, Luigi Peccenini, a learning innovator and founder of the renowned Wall Street English in China (English language training services). We are truly excited about the rich programming we are developing for WorldStrides China moving forward.

Jim Hall in China

Of course, my trip to China wasn’t all business!  My wife and son accompanied me, and we managed to fit in a bit of very entertaining sightseeing. We walked along the famous Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China and took in stunning scenery while in Beijing’s Huairou District—you can see a photo of me jumping off the wall, thanks to my family’s prowess with their cell phones! We also trekked around Shanghai and got a great photo in front of the Bund, looking across the river to Pudong.

Jim Hall in China

You might find it interesting that China is one of the most popular destinations for our Capstone programs — for our business students, in particular. Professors take MBA groups to study China’s growth economy and meet with business leaders there.

We’re also delighted to host a steadily growing number of Chinese student groups who come to visit us in the United States. We’re particularly proud of our contribution to the blossoming exchange of knowledge and culture between our Chinese and North American students. It’s an exciting time for them to personally experience the new global perspective and make it their own!

Until next time,

Jim

 

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