North Korea’s Nuclear Future: Talk by Prof. Charles Armstrong
The Columbia, University of Chicago, and Yale Alumni Clubs co-hosted a talk by Columbia Professor Charles Armstrong at the University of Chicago-Beijing Center on Friday night. The audience included a mix of alumni and current students interested in international relations and foreign affairs. Professor Armstrong’s lecture first focused on North Korea’s nuclear and diplomatic history, and then went on to describe how these histories have allowed North Korea to carve out a unique position for itself in the East Asian region as well as the international community. Professor Armstrong also explained possible future scenarios for the East Asian region, and then held a candid 30-minute open discussion session with the audience.
This career workshop gave summer students and recent graduates currently in Beijing an opportunity to meet and network with established Princeton, Harvard and Yale alumni from a variety of professional fields. The workshop also included a panel of alumni who spoke to the audience about their experiences and thoughts on living and working in China after studying in the US. The Yale Club of Beijing would like to thank all the alumni speakers who took time out of their schedules to meet and greet younger students, as well as CHAO work space for so graciously hosting us.
-Dr. Wang on Quality Education in Rural Areas
Returning from study abroad in 1998, Dr. Wang could not find what she felt to be a truly suitable kindergarten. As a result, she founded Little Oak, focusing from the start on promoting equitable, quality education in rural regions, where conditions most need improvement. Thousand Trees is the culmination of those efforts toward social contribution.
Speaking on the matter of fair and equitable education, Dr. Wang said that according to 2010 data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics, children from rural areas account for 57% of China’s preschoolers ages three to six; yet that population has only 14% of China’s preschool teachers. On average, one teacher will care for 30-50 children. The situation poses significant disadvantages for children of rural areas.A high-ranking official from the National Health Planning Committee in attendance introduced policy developments related to the issues Dr. Wang had described. The official expressed that policy-makers support ongoing efforts and aim to provide further mechanisms to improve rural education. The event was also attended by many young, academically gifted guests who now work to support education in outlying regions; they shared and discussed with Dr. Wang the problems they have faced in their work.