While in China, the group met with leaders from Beijing’s Capital University of Economics and Business, a partner of Cleveland State University, and networked regarding global opportunities for CH-UH teachers. On June 20, 2010, they took part in the 3rd Annual Conference on International Education, Chinese as a Second Language Teaching and International Student Affairs Management at Capital University in Beijing. Staff from CSU and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District also participated. During the conference, educators from China and Vietnam learned about Roxboro’s journey to become an International School with a Mandarin focus, and how CH-UH is partnering with The Confucius Institute at CSU, Capital University of Economics and Business, and the Chinese Education Department (Hanban) to develop an innovative new high school course.
The group also went on a cultural and historical tour to the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall, The Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and heritage. Arriving home on June 22, the CH-UH group was already busy planning classroom activities and very appreciative of the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Assistance Program grant that covered all costs of the trip.