MEI: Our Purpose & Story
Massachusetts Education International (MEI) is an educational management organization, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with satellite offices in Beijing and Chengdu, China. We believe education is not an end in itself, but a process and our programs and initiatives are designed in light of this belief.
Our mission is to integrate global resources to provide students with quality programs and experiences that contribute to their learning and adds to their global competitiveness, preparing them to become leaders in our interconnected world.
Our vision is to improve the world by fostering understanding between people, organizations and countries through education and respect for cultural differences. MEI’s initiatives are all rooted in our belief that education is the most powerful vehicle for making positive changes in the world.
Massachusetts Education International (MEI) was founded in 2015 by Allan Guo and a team of seasoned educational professionals and international education experts. Based in Boston, MEI works around the globe including in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States. The primary focus, however, is bolstering the US-China relationship through education because, as the Council on Foreign Relation accurately states, "No relationship will be as important to the twenty-first century as the one between the United States, the world’s great power, and China, the world’s rising power." Since its launch, MEI is established itself as an organization with a sincere emphasis on education that is committed to student success.
Our value is in our unique approach and ability to make connections that result in learning opportunities beyond the classroom. We link schools, colleges, universities and other organizations in the United States and China resulting in transformational experiences for students and revenue growth for institutions.
We are passionate about our work because our team has benefited from international experience first hand and as the world becomes more globalized, it is fundamental today's students have international experience and global competency. For students, we believe international programs such as our are a mandatory component of a good education that posies students for success in today's world. In fact, there is even a clear link between employability and professional success and international competency. The new Erasmus Impact Study, which set out to study the link between global experiences and employability, presents that 92% of employers are looking for transversal skills, 64% of employers say that graduates with international backgrounds are given greater professional responsibility, and 64% of employers believe international experience is important for recruitment (a notable jump from 34% in 2006). This study is far from isolated. Based on a survey that IES abroad conducted, 90% of study abroad alumni found a job within 6 months of graduation. An AIM Overseas report also notes that 72% of employers agree that knowing at least a second language adds to the appeal of a prospective applicant. This is particularly important for today's students, on average, the unemployment rate of young graduates is, on average, 2.2 times higher than that of the overall market unemployment rate according to the Economic Policy Institute's "Class of 2015" report.
For schools, colleges and universities, our programs provide an important opportunity to diversity classrooms, offering students global opportunities that should be part of the program of learning and, in many instances, creating new revenue streams. Our goal it to help schools and universities to find opportunities and thrive despite the many challenges and difficulties that exists including increased need in tuition assistance, declining American birth rate, shrinking academic programs and majors.
Why the U.S. - China Focus?
Introduction: THE GAP
The two countries, both major global powers, are intimately connected - in trade, politics and much more. Despite the importance of the U.S.-China relationship, there remains a notable gap in understanding and connection between the two countries. Through education, MEI's area of expertise, we are committed to closing the divide.
Currently there are more than 300,000 Chinese students studying in the U.S. and more than 350,000,000 Chinese studying English in comparison to fewer than 25,000 Americans who elect to study in China each year and a mere 200,000 Americans that are studying Mandarin Chinese. In order for the U.S.-Chinese relations to improve and for us to close the communication and understanding gap that exists between these two important countries it is important that we meaningfully engage in order to understand each other and better collaborate in grown. The U.S.-China relationship is arguably the most consequential of our live and with each passing year of growing importance.
UNITED STATES of AMERICA
In 2015, the U.S.A. had population of 320.9 million
Is the 4th largest country by area
#1 Trading Partner: China
PPP (Gross National Income): $17.81 trillion USD
Total Imports: $2.85 trillion USD
Total Exports: $2.34 trillion USD
In 2015, China had population of 1.37 billion (that's 1 in 5 humans)
Is the 3rd largest country by area
#1 Trading Partner: U.S.A.
PPP (Gross National Income): $17.92 trillion USD
Total Imports: $1.96 trillion USD
Total Exports: $2.34 trillion USD