The 1 Million Strong campaign works to grow the number of US K-12 students learning Mandarin to 1 million by 2020. Launched in 2015 by Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, 1 Million Strong seeks a fivefold increase in student numbers, from 200,000 to 1 million, within five years. The campaign involves three core components – assessing Mandarin language learning curriculum standards and norms, expanding Mandarin language teacher training and certification programs and developing technology platforms to enable students across the country to access Mandarin language programs.
The 100,000 Strong campaign is the US-China Strong Foundation’s original and signature campaign to dramatically increase and diversify study abroad to China as a means to strengthen the US-China relationship. In 2014, the initial goal of seeing 100,000 students study abroad in China was surpassed. The Foundation continues to build upon its success, working with partners across the country to raise awareness of the importance of study abroad, increase the diversity of students participating in programs and working with corporate sponsors to increase the number of scholarships.
The Foundation is developing programs that deepen knowledge and understanding of China, connect knowledge to action, and provide guidance to help young people in China-related careers. Click here to learn more!