ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Six collegiate members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) are visiting China from June 25–July 13, as part of a 40-member Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Emerging Leaders: US-China Study Abroad Delegation. The group will visit Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai and study Chinese history, Mandarin, business and politics. The trip is sponsored by Bank of America, Dell, Inc. and PepsiCo.

The China-U.S. Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) is organizing and administering the program in collaboration with the CBCF. Students will tour the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing and participate in lectures and workshops about China’s economy, education system, art and history, and U.S.-China relations.

“We congratulate the NSBE members and the other students selected to receive this tremendous opportunity, and we look forward to learning from the NSBE contingent upon their return,” says NSBE National Chair Neville Green. “Our heartfelt thanks to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the event sponsors for making this trip possible.”

“The CBCF is committed to providing students with a global perspective,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the CBCF. “The China study abroad program will allow our students to see the educational and career opportunities that are available to them internationally.”

The six NSBE members in the delegation are Hussein Umar Abdullahi of Augsburg College, Uzoma Bailey Ayogu of Duke University, Marcus Alexander Barboza of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Phillip Samuel Elam of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Devin Elijah Gavin of Morgan State University and Christinia Latashia Green of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Students with exceptional coursework in business and trade, or science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) were selected. The NSBE members are part of the 20-member STEM Cohort. Another 20 students, the Business and Trade Cohort, will visit China from July 9 to July 27.