New Agreement to Grow the Number of Delaware Students Studying in China


Wilmington, DE – (Dec. 3, 2015) – Gov. Jack Markell today, along with the 100,000 Strong Foundation and Wanxiang Group, announced a new agreement to further build on Delaware’s successful efforts to encourage more students to study in China.

“The 20 Delaware high school students who participated in the inaugural program spent this past summer improving their Mandarin proficiency, honing their science and math skills and exploring the Hangzhou area through historical and cultural visits,” said Gov. Markell. “They didn’t just study another language and read about another culture, they lived it, and the benefits of that incredible experience will last a lifetime.”

Gov. Markell spoke at the launch of the second round of the Delaware Summer Chinese Language Initiative for Communicating STEM (LInCS), a study abroad partnership between the State of Delaware and China’s largest auto parts manufacturer, Wanxiang Group. The program’s inaugural round saw 20 Delaware high school students study abroad this summer for four weeks in Hangzhou, China. The second round, to take place in June 2016, seeks to send up to 24 Delaware students to China.

These participants will become Student Ambassadors for the 100,000 Strong Foundation, where they will become “the face of Chinese language learning and study abroad in Delaware,” said Carola McGiffert, CEO of 100,000 Strong.

“We are thrilled to see the success of such a valuable program that helps US and Chinese students – our future leaders – better understand each other’s history, language and culture,” said McGiffert. “With the support of our signature partners, the Wanxiang Group and the Delaware Department of Education, we can work to introduce more programs like LInCS to build bridges between the US and China, and to focus on our new 1 Million Strong campaign to dramatically increase Mandarin learning across the country.”

1 Million Strong, a campaign established in September by 100,000 Strong, aims to increase fivefold the number of US, K-12 students studying in China and learning Mandarin by 2020, from 200,000 to 1 million. The 100,000 Strong Foundation achieved in 2014 its previous goal of seeing 100,000 students study in China and learn Mandarin over the previous four-year period.

Thursday’s event also marked the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the state of Delaware and Wanxiang Group/China General Chamber of Commerce-USA to develop programs that will motivate the state’s students to pursue Chinese language study.

About the 100,000 Strong Foundation

The 100,000 Strong Foundation is a bipartisan non-profit that has been endorsed by the US and Chinese governments. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the US-China relationship by dramatically increasing the number and diversity of US students studying in China and learning Mandarin. We are dedicated to ensuring our next generation of leaders is prepared to compete, collaborate and succeed in a world in which China plays a central role.

Media contact: Erin Billings, Podesta Group