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Global China Connection

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Global China Connection or GCC (Mandarin Chinese: 全球中国联接) is a student-run non-profit organization that helps develop relationships between young people in China and the international community. The network currently consists of over 50 chapters at universities around the world. GCC's main activities include hosting delegations of university students, coordinating community service initiatives, and hosting annual conferences in China and the United States. Global China Connection was founded in 2008.


[edit] Organization

GCC's structure is divided into two components: Central Management and Chapter Network. Majority of GCC Central's members are students at Columbia University. Yet other universities, such as Drexel University, New York University, and the University of North Carolina, are represented within Central, which directs the Network and coordinates most of the organization's larger international events. Each chapter is governed by their own presidents and Executive Boards. GCC's current president is Gavin Newton-Tanzer.

[edit] Network

The GCC network currently consist of over 50 chapters at universities internationally including: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and New Zealand. GCC's chapters include Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, University of Chicago, McGill University, Queen's University, and Oxford University.

[edit] Events

GCC events connects companies, social organizations, and individuals through annual conferences as well as smaller scale forums. The organization hosts two major conferences each year, generally in New York City (spring) and Beijing (summer). Conferences contain discussion on subjects such as politics, business, journalism, and culture related to China.

Previous speakers at GCC conferences include:

Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia

Orville Schell, director of the Asia Society's Center on U.S. China-Relations

Susan Shirk, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Columbia University professor

Bai Yansong, CCTV anchor

The smaller forums throughout the are based on subjects such as China's sustainable development/environmental protection challenges; the stimulus packages passed by China and the U.S.; the current state of the American media; U.S.-China relations; and China's developing capital markets.

[edit] Delegations

GCC hosts and lead numerous student delegations in both the United States and China. GCC generally collaborates with student association partners such as the Western Returned Scholars Association, the Students International Communication Association of Peking University (SICA), as well as student government groups, in managing these events. A chronology of GCC delegations follows below.

Tsinghua Student Government (February 2010). The delegation visited the global headquarters of J.P. Morgan Chase, a meeting with Barnard College President Debora Spar, and the PRC Consulate in New York. The delegates also visited GCC's Harvard and Drexel chapters.

Winter Delegation to China (January 2010). Included visits to the Beijing offices of UBS, J.P. Morgan Chase, Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Microsoft, and Lenovo, among others. GCC delegates also met with the Western Returned Scholars Association, and the student government leaders of Peking University.

Media Literacy Initiative (October-November 2009). Journalism and political science students from Peking University visited the U.S. and toured the New York Times headquarters.

All-China Youth Federation, a branch of the Communist Youth League of China (April 2009). Visits included New York's landmarks and GCC branches in Harvard and Yale.

SICA (February 2009, New York)

[edit] Network Initiatives and Focus Groups

Network Initiatives (NI) encourage chapters to innovate and specialize in a given field of interest, and give back to communities near and far. NI enable young people to connect with mentors in non-profit organizations and the private sector.

Sample Initiatives

International Conferences - Harvard: GCC Harvard created two conference series in China. On June 26, 2010 it held a conference on Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with Peking University and on July 10, 2010 it held a conference on Corporate Social Responsibility in partnership with Sun Yat-Sen University. Past Participants includes Chief representative for Ashoka in China, the Chief representative of the Ford Foundation in China, the Chairman of China Vanke, and a leading Harvard Business School Professor among many others. Delegation Reception – NYU/Columbia/Harvard: NYU, Harvard, and Columbia have been hosting the recent PKU and Tsinghua delegations, which the delegation also visited corporations including JP Morgan, BCG, and King & Wood, and institutions like the United Nations and the China Institute.

Internship Program – Cornell: GCC Cornell is working with GCC Central Management to establish an internship program in China for member students.

Focus Groups (FG) is an organized framework under which members can engage in conversations together about a particular topic, and create articles, reports, research papers to share within the network.

[edit] Partners

Global China Connection's partners include:

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