FIU Attends 100K Foundation Launch, Increases Bond With China

January 25, 2013

Although our primary role in Washington is to advance our federal agenda, a WorldsAhead university like ours finds itself in very global moments from time to time.

This week, FIU was invited to attend the launch of the 100 Thousand Strong Foundation by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the historic Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room of the State Department.


Hilary Clinton

This new public-private partnership will be squarely focused in increasing the number of Americans studying Mandarin in the US; and taking advantage of study abroad opportunities in China. Among other things, it will be hosted at American University and be a hub for US institutions seeking to share practices and foster educational linkages with China.

Fitting that we be in the room and asked to support the 100 Thousand Strong effort as we promote stronger educational ties to China and its universities. At current time, we have over 500 Chinese students studying at our Miami campuses, and are proud of our 750 alumni living in China.

At the event, FIU in DC had an opportunity to greet Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui, who sent his regards to our university leaders and fondly recalled the visit by President Rosenberg to the Chinese Embassy Last Year. Dr. Rosenberg will be visiting China again this Spring as part of our Tianjin commencement activities there.

Rosenberg with Chinese Ambassador

Below is a previous summary of our own FIU Marriott Tianjin Program in Tianjin, China.

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Florida International University’s Marriott Tianjin China Program

As a result of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s strong international reputation for excellence, the Tianjin Municipal Government of the People’s Republic of China selected FIU from a group of elite hospitality schools in the U.S. and Europe as its partner in establishing a hospitality and tourism management campus in Tianjin, the third largest city in China which serves as the seaport for the capital, Beijing.

· The campus currently has more than 1,100 students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree program in Tianjin and has graduated over 550 students since opening in September of 2006.

· Our students have a 100% employment rate in the hospitality industry upon graduation. Graduates from this program are highly sought after by many Chinese and international companies doing business in China.

· The school has the distinct honor of being the only foreign hospitality program ranked by the China Ministry of Education.

· An additional positive result of this program is an increase of Chinese students in our Bachelor’s and Master’s in Hospitality Management degree programs. We now have more than 100 Chinese students as part of these programs in Miami.

· The $100 million center, which was fully funded by the Chinese government, sits on 20 acres of land and contains more than 450,000 square feet of air conditioned space, including a dormitory tower 20 stories high.

· As a result of a substantial donation from Marriott International in the Fall of 2008, the School was named the Marriott Tianjin China Program. · This special relationship was initially developed as a result of an identified need by the Chinese Government for western hospitality management training for Chinese students in anticipation of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. · For two years, FIU in partnership with the City of Miami and the Qingdao Municipal Government hosted the first Food and Wine Festival focused on bi-lateral trade opportunities and global understanding.

Additional Relevant Programs at FIU

  • Our College of Business has four dual degree programs with universities in China for students transferring from China to many of its graduate programs such as International Business, Management Information Systems and Human Resource Management. 

  • The College of Engineering had an extensive Master’s degree program in Beijing and now has 16 Chinese students matriculated in six dual degree programs that are offered in Miami. 

  •  The School of International and Public Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences has a strong China program, including the Asian Studies Progam, with over 300 students, many of whom specialize in studies of Chinese language and culture. 

  • In total, the University has more than 500 students from China in various programs and many more studying various aspects of the country.  About FIU: With a student body of over 50,000, FIU is of the 25 largest universities in this country and has produced over 167,000 graduates that span the globe. As one of South Florida’s premier higher education institutions, FIU has been locally and globally engaged for more than four decades finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time.