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Coca-Cola Foundation awards $1 million for study abroad programs in China

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The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1 million to six U.S. colleges and universities to send more than 160 students to study abroad in China over the next four years, in support of the U.S. State Department's 100,000 Strong Initiative.

The initiative is aimed at strengthening ties between U.S. and Chinese citizens in the areas of education, culture, sports, science and technology, and women's issues.

"Through this grant, we hope to establish a stronger relationship, find common ground, and build a better understanding between our nations," Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, said in a statement. "We want to promote stronger ties between our two countries and the importance of diversity among our student bodies and global communities."

The six colleges and universities receiving grants are as follows:

  • Columbia University--$150,000--20 students: 10 students to participate in a 10-week business and internship program, and 10 students to attend a nine-week intensive language immersion program
  • Georgia Institute of Technology--$200,000--30 students: five students for a one-year deep immersion program, five students in a semester-long immersion study, and 20 students in summer programs
  • Michigan State University--$200,000--30 students in programs focused on Chinese language, business and culture
  • Morehouse College--$150,000--26 students: six students in a semester-long program and 20 students in a three-week summer program
  • University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)--$150,000--15 students in summer immersion programs
  • University of Texas at Austin--$150,000--45 first-generation students in semester long courses at one of five Chinese universities, faculty-led summer programs or immersion language programs

"We are very appreciative of Coca-Cola's support of our efforts to enhance relations between the US and China," Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the U.S. State Department, said in a statement. "We share the goal of building the next generation of Americans who will manage the growing strategic, economic, and cultural ties between the United States and China."

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