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The Coca-Cola Foundation supports Georgia Southern exchange program with China

Students from Georgia Southern University now have an opportunity to trade places with students at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, China, for a semester. The same goes for students at Huazhong Normal, who will be able to study at Georgia Southern. With support from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the two universities have created a faculty and student exchange program designed to prepare students from both nations to work successfully together in the global marketplace.

‘We are enormously grateful to the Coca-Cola Foundation for their $200,000 grant to implement this exchange,” said Nancy Shumaker, director of Georgia Southern’s Center for International Studies. ‘Coca-Cola is recognized in both China and the U.S. as a leader in corporate social responsibility, and this gift demonstrates that leadership in the area of higher education.”

‘The Coca-Cola Foundation is proud to continue our support of Georgia Southern University by fostering cultural understanding between students at Georgia Southern and Huazhong Normal,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, chair, The Coca-Cola Foundation. ‘It is through programs like Georgia Southern University’s International Student Exchange that students develop a global perspective.”

The grant funds ten $4,500 scholarships a year from 2007 to 2010. Each year, five students from Georgia Southern will spend a semester at Huazhong Normal and five students from Huazhong Normal will spend a semester at Georgia Southern. The grant also includes $5,000 a year for faculty members from each university to participate in the program.

‘Coca-Cola’s gift will allow Georgia Southern students to study in China and learn more about the concerns we share, particularly the political, economic, social and ecological concerns,” said Georgia Southern President Bruce Grube. ‘Our goal is to build increasingly effective bridges for international communication and intercultural cooperation.”

Georgia Southern is currently hosting Meng Deng, a Fulbright Scholar and professor of education at Huazhong University; Liu Yan, a Chinese language instructor; Gaohua Gui, a graduate student in the College of Education; and several Chinese undergraduates in a variety of academic programs.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The mission of The Coca-Cola Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the community and enhance individual opportunity through education. The Foundation supports educational programs primarily within three main areas: higher education, classroom teaching and learning, and international education. Their programs support scholarships for aspiring students; encourage and motivate young people to stay in school; and foster cultural understanding. Over the last ten years, The Coca-Cola Foundation has contributed more than $155 million in support of education.

About Georgia Southern University
We are a Carnegie Doctoral-Research university providing the classic residential campus experience. Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of Atlanta, every state and 86 nations are represented in the student body. The University’s hallmark is student-centered education for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

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