What is the US-China Education Trust?
The US-China Education Trust (USCET), a program of the FY Chang Foundation, promotes stronger and more stable US-China relations through education and exchange for China's next generation leaders and training of young Americans.
What is the FY Chang Foundation?
Established in 1988, the FY Chang Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that honors Fuyun Chang, who was in the first cohort of Chinese students to attend Harvard Law School and was the first Boxer Indemnity Scholarship student to graduate from the school. Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch established the Foundation in honor of her late father and leads the US-China Education Trust.
How is USCET Organized?
USCET operates with a lean staff of three in Washington, DC and two part-time contractors - a Vice President of Development and a Program Associate in Beijing - in order to maximize donor funds for program and cut down on administrative expenses. USCET also works with a variety of partners in China and the US in order to implement programs.
How is USCET Funded?
A grant from the Starr Foundation and a number of corporate donors enabled the FY Chang Foundation to launch USCET in 1998. With a grant from the US Department of State's Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor (DRL), USCET opened an office in Washington, DC, in 2004. USCET continues to rely on foundation, government, and private support, and stages bi-annual fundraising events to maintain its programs and operations. For a list of supporters, please click here.
How are USCET's Finances Managed?
With the support of a contract comptroller, USCET carefully tracks all donor grants and, in particular, follows strict government accounting standards to manage all grants. USCET also oversees grant funding to our Chinese partners.
Who are USCET's Partners?
In the US, USCET works with over fifteen diverse academic partners, including Yale University, the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, American University's Center for Congressional and Political Studies and the School of Communication, the University of North Alabama, and The Fund for American Studies. In China, USCET partners include the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and more than 70 of China's top universities through USCET's American Studies Network and Media Education Consortium.
Why is USCET Relevant?
USCET has earned reputation and credibility for its programs in China by establishing relationships with top universities, think tanks, government and media entities. These relationships allow USCET to break new ground with programs such as the Institute on American Society and Culture, the Financial Media Institute, Central Party School collaborations, and the USCET Student Leaders Exchange program under the Presidential "100,000 Strong" Initiative.