On July 3, 2018, the 2018 Summer Commencement held by G-MEO Chengdu American Center was held in Chengdu. The activity invited a number of distinguished guests including the Consul-general of the United States in Chengdu Mr. Jim Mullinax, as well as related leaders from the Chengdu Education Bureau and Chengdu Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. Its 2018 summer academic quarter compelled almost a hundred college students from 15 American universities to come to Chengdu. In the past five weeks, not only did the students participate in professional courses, but they also experienced first-hand a variety of Chengdu local folk customs and traditions.
G-MEO Chief Operation Officer Dr. Sherry Sun introducing attending guests of the event
Speech from Consul-general of the United States in Chengdu Mr. Jim Mullinax
Speech from student representative
Display of student arts and crafts
Group photo of attending guests of the event
G-MEO is the country's first innovative China-based study abroad program, which was jointly founded between the Chengdu Municipal People's Government and G-MEO, and a G-MEO American Universities Alliance was formed with four universities in the United States. The program was officially initiated in 2013, with Sichuan University being the hosting institution in China. While American college students can continue to obtain their respective US university credits, they also partake in Chinese language and cultural courses and participate in internships in Chengdu in areas relevant to their major, which would be conducive to preparing them for future international exchange endeavors between China and the United States. The Chengdu Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office issues "Chengdu Overseas Friendship Ambassador" certificates to foreign students and professors, while the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Education provides specialized scholarships for students enrolled in this study abroad program.