The China Champion Program (CCP) is a special graduate program of the Beijing Sport University. It provides a select group of China’s elite athletes with one year of time to study in a major university in the United States focusing on English language training, science, education, social-culture events, and professional skills pursuant to their own fields. Since the inaugural class of 2010, six classes of CCP have graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The major financial source of the program comes from the China Scholarship Council, providing international travel and living cost, whereas the hosting universities and local communities has offered generous support for their language training, courses and social interactions. The athletes and coaches graduated from the CCP have expressed overwhelmingly positive feedback and appreciation. Many of the graduates have achieved their career goals and attributed their accomplishments to the experiences gained from the CCP. Although the CCP has provided China’s top athletes with an opportunity for their post-competitive professional development, the population who received this benefit is still small and limited to the top tier. This unique model of supplementary education for China’s athletes may reflect some interesting characteristics of the Chinese educational system and the contribution an American university can made in this collaboration.


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