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On June 12th, 2020, the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center of Chinese and American Studies (HNC) celebrated 36 graduate students and 74 certificate students at their virtual graduation ceremony. During the online graduation ceremony, speakers from around the world spoke to the Class of 2020, including CSOFT Founder & CEO Ms. Shunee Yee. As recent graduates take the next step in their journeys, it is willful determination and positivity that will carry them to greater success in these globally uncertain times.

CSOFT played a special role in the graduation, offering students an encouraging reflection on the value of their cross-cultural and multi-lingual skillsets. By speaking both Mandarin Chinese and English, as well as having experience in both cultures, the graduates are poised to contribute their advanced perspectives to the worlds of policy and business. Ms. Yee urged the graduating students to think and live big, in a time where it is all too easy not to do so.

“With empathy, open-communication skills and cultural awareness that enables broad cooperation, you will join a movement of likeminded individuals who wish to cooperate internationally to achieve the grand successes in global health and international relations that our world craves,” Ms. Yee said. The HNC students’ cross-cultural skillset and open-minded mentality will undoubtedly help the graduates go on to find their own unique path of success in global health and international relations to the benefit of the wider world.

Hosted by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center – famous for its transpacific educational offerings, as well as having one of China’s preeminent international relations libraries, the students’ historic graduation aligns with the HNC’s 13th graduate student and 34th certification student graduation ceremony. With over 1,200 participants, the JHU School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Dean Eliot Cohen spoke too, on the importance of respectful open dialogue with the aim of a constructive result.

“The ability to come together in an intellectual community, to talk about big global questions, to understand one another’s points of view, to explore and to disagree freely, and then to go out and make a mark on the world, is what makes our institution so remarkable. Whatever the challenges China and the United States now face, we know that such free inquiry, and free exchange of ideas, matters more than ever,” said Dean Cohen.

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Moving forward, graduates of the Class of 2020 will make their first mark on an unprecedented global situation, uncertain of what the future brings. What is certain, however, is that regardless of what HNC students move on to accomplish, they will carry the defining trait of being cross-culturally adaptable and bi-lingual, being able to find common ground in in a time when such cooperation is needed most.

Dear Class of 2020 Johns Hopkins-Nanjing graduates,

As a business leader in cross-cultural communication, I understand the fears brought on by global economic uncertainty. I encourage you to embrace this challenge as an unprecedented moment in history where you can find your own unique career opportunity. You are fortunate to have cross-cultural skills for employment that will bring the world a little closer.With empathy, open-communication skills and cultural awareness that enables broad cooperation, you will join a movement of likeminded individuals to achieve the grand successes in global health and international relations that our world craves.

Now it’s the time to operate with eyes towards the future and an open-mindedness about one another, as we leave behind some of the outdated practices that keep us living small.

So, Class of 2020, it’s time to live big. The future is up to you to shape and to lead. I am excited to see what you will accomplish. Congratulations, class 2020!

Shunee Yee
Founder & CEO, CSOFT
June 12th, 2020
Boston, MA

About Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) was founded in 1943 by Paul H. Nitze and Christian A. Herter who sought new methods of preparing men and women to cope with the international responsibilities that would be thrust upon the United States following the end of World War II. In 1986 the Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) was established by former Johns Hopkins President Steven Muller as well as former Nanjing University (NJU) President Kuang Yaming, who both recognized the importance of improved understanding and relations between their respective countries. Today, SAIS has a network of over 20,000 graduates that have gone on to become innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the economic and policy expertise to address today’s most pressing challenges.

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