OCC responds to the new normal in the face of challenging U.S-China relations and the climate of apprehension and confusion. To alleviate the uncertainties through information sharing and knowledge-based webinars we have launched the Webinar Series program to provide information and dialogue on culture, education, climate change and trade.
Our goals are:
• to reconnect OCC constituencies and gain the most updated information on their concerns
• to identify problems and needs of OCC constituencies;
• to develop webinar programs to address the needs and strive for common solutions;
A webinar series for each topic above. As we learn about specific problems from the communities, we stay focused to assist in resolving them, so we can build positive momentum and make our way to solutions.
Trade Webinar Series#1:
Oregon Agricultural Products Promotion Web-Conference
Hosted by: Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Over 300 Chinese buyers, importers, and trade-related officials from Oregon's sister state-Fujian (福建省) and sister city-Tianjin (天津市) attended the conference
We started the series with a top priority that focuses on international education. A diverse pool of education experts from Oregon shared information and resources on supporting international students (from all countries) and their parents and also encouraged collective efforts to raise the profile of Oregon schools in China. This could include topics on the current situation affecting international students, international recruitment, student/teaching visas, and so on.
We had the first webinar, OCC Education Webinar Series #1: Current situation and how OCC can assist International students in Oregon during these uncertain times, on October 20, 2020. A diverse pool of panelists and audiences joined the dialogues:
Government: Chinese Education Counsellor Jun Tang and Consul Cheng Zhen;
NGO: William Velez, Chair of Study Oregon Consortium;
Eight Leading schools in Oregon: University of Oregon, Portland State University, Lewis & Clark College, Western Oregon University, Willamette University; Portland International Academy, St. Mary's School (Medford), and Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Five Innovative programs in Oregon: Bamboo International School, Engineer For Kids program, Hillsboro Aero Academy, Oregon Rhythmic Gymnastics & Dance Academy, and Xstream Learning Center;
The audience of 500 to 1000 included international students and parents, educators, school principals, international recruiters from China, Korea, Japan, and other countries.
Our first webinar was successful. We have received many positive feedbacks from the panelists and audiences, and they are excited about OCC's future webinars. The webinar established sincere and positive relationships between OCC, Oregon schools, and the Education Section of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. The schools and programs expressed their confidence in working together through OCC to raise the profile for Oregon Education and promote school-to-school partnerships in China.
Moving forward, OCC plans to host two more Education webinars (tentative topics are below) to complete this Education Webinar series.
Education Webinar Series #2: Policy Analysis on U.S-China Education and Communication to Chinese students
Date: Mid-January 2021;
Goal: to improve Oregon schools' ability to communicate with their existential students in China and to do expanded outreach in China.
Education Webinar Series #3: Student Recruitment
Date: March 2021;
Goal: to promote Oregon schools in China, facilitate school-to-school partnerships to increase recruitment.