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A Discussion on the Mission of U.S. Higher Education

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time and Location

Thursday, April 25
Registration:   6:15 - 6:30 pm
Welcome Remarks:   6:30 - 6:40 pm
Practical Tips to Study Abroad:  6:40 - 7:10 pm
Facilitated Classroom Discussion:  7:10 - 8:30 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Studying abroad in the US may give a different perspective to Chinese students to grow mentally, socially and professionally, and return to China with a different perspective of the world.

We invited the President of AmCham China, three officers from U.S. Embassy, and Managing Director of Yale Center Beijing to exchange views on the mission of higher education, the procession of preparing to study abroad, and how to leverage the experience abroad for furture career. Please join us for a discussion on studying abroad in the US on April 25 at Yale Center Beijing.

The Panelists

Alan Beebe (MA '91)
President & AmCham China

Alan Beebe holds a Master’s degree from Yale University in International Relations. He is also a Board of Member of the Yale Club of Beijing and in that capacity promotes academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and China. He has twenty years of management consulting experience in the US, China and other Asian countries helping clients develop and implement sound business, operations and technology strategies.

Benjamin Sand
Director & Education USA, U.S. Embassy in China

Benjamin Sand is the Director of Education USA. EducationUSA Serves International Students. Each year, EducationUSA advisers respond to millions of inquiries from international students. Advisers offer a wide range of in-person and virtual services to students and their families based on Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study, a guide to navigating the U.S. higher education application process.

Ye Yu
Country Coordinator & Education USA, U.S. Embassy in China

Ye Yu is the Country Coordinator of EducationUSA that promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. EducationUSA also provides services to the U.S. higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals.

Visa Officer
Consular Affairs Section & U.S. Embassy

The Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China are responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

The Moderator

Carol Li Rafferty ('00)
Managing Director & The Yale Center Beijing

Ms. Carol Li Rafferty is the Managing Director of Yale Center Beijing. She graduated cum laude from Yale University, with dual B.A. degrees in Economics and International Studies. She received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. She is also a China Fellow of the Aspen Institute. In 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selected Carol as a Young Global Leader (YGL), and she currently serves as a member of the YGL Advisory Group, the YGL’s global advisory board.

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