Social Ecology hosts Chinese high school students in new summer project


The School of Social Ecology is helping educate ambitious Chinese high school students and prepare them for a university education in the U.S.

This summer, 12 Chinese students visited Orange County for five weeks, taking a non-credit version of Introduction to Environmental Analysis and Design. The class met twice a week and included a mandatory discussion section with two current Social Ecology Ph.D. students -- Xin Tong and Qi Song -- in urban planning and public policy who are native Chinese speakers.

The project helps prepare Chinese high school students for a university education in the United States. The School of Social Ecology worked on the project with UCI Continuing Education, which arranged visas, transportation and lodging for the students.

The project is Social Ecology’s contribution to a broader statewide partnership with a high school in China called the Pegasus High School.

That partnership was first organized by Dr. David Long, who was the California Superintendent of Education during Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration. Chinese students are able to earn both a high school degree in China and a high school diploma in California, while certified California high school teachers get to teach in China during the academic year.