Preparations for the Ameson Foundation’s ACE 2012 are in full swing!

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eld in Beijing, this year’s Ameson Chinese Elite program will be the biggest yet, with almost 10% of the student participants being invited by Ameson from the United States. The Ameson Chinese Elite program focuses on providing a formative cross-cultural experience to top performing students from America and China – the leaders of tomorrow. Against the backdrop of a week of cultural exchange, students also get first-hand access to world-leading intellectuals invited from top universities.

This year is the second year that American students will be invited to ACE, and the number of foreign students this year will be nearly double that of 2011. The American students will be chosen from a pool of applicants from selected high schools who have won the U.S. Presidential Scholars award. Under the guidance of world-leading academics, students see the strengths and weaknesses of different methods, and develop their own unique method through dialogue with others. Through lectures from the attending professionals, students are also able to learn about social and scientific innovations while gaining greater familiarity with contemporary research and development trends prevalent in the Western world. After the conclusion of ACE, the students will enjoy three days of cultural activities in Beijing, including trips to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square.

ACE 2012 gives center stage to student participants and to exchange between students from the two countries. No longer merely audience members, this year’s event will feature numerous forums where students from the two countries can interact with one another, as well as discussions with invited speakers where students can communicate their ideas to professionals in their fields of interest. Past topics have included: biodiversity and ecosystem preservation, peacekeeping and conflict prevention, combating infectious diseases, natural disaster prevention, educational equality, intellectual property rights and international business and labor.

Ameson’s Honorary Chairman, Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali (former Secretary General of the U.N.), said that the key to future peace lies with our youth. Events like ACE aim to instill a future-oriented, global vision in elite students, providing guidance and inspiration to the future leaders of tomorrow.

Reports from previous ACE events: ACE 2011 report | ACE 2010 report | ACE 2009 report

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