It has been more than 11 years since a devastating eight-magnitude earthquake struck China’s Sichuan Province and, as an immediate response, SUNY launched its China 150 Program. The initiative selected and brought 150 Chinese university students whose lives had been impacted by the earthquake to SUNY schools for a year of study, supported by scholarships.

SUNY Cobleskill was an eager host-particpant. In an update published this month, after a recent celebration at the Chinese Consulate in New York City to mark the 10 year anniversary of the program, SUNY Cobleskill’s executive director of international education Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski joined a panel to reflect on China 150, and its influence on the College and participating students: “‘It really had a transformative effect on our programs, on our [faculty] who could see different perspectives to addressing some of the academic issues,’ said Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski, executive director of international education at SUNY Cobleskill, which hosted 18 of the students.”

The full piece can be accessed here. Photography and content is courtesy of “China Daily” via “WomenOfChina.cn — All-China Women’s Federation”.