VIPP participants come from government, industry, and academia. Find out what some of our former students have to say about VIPP programming by clicking on their names.
I strongly recommend young people and their families choose MSU since it's a very family friendly, safe and welcoming campus. After attending MSU, I would say never give up. If you really want to achieve something there are abundant opportunities and well-intentioned people who try to help you at MSU. Many thanks to MSU, especially the kind staff and academic personnel, for an enjoyable stay.
VIPP has provided me a unique opportunity to enhance my professional knowledge in the finance sector through a dynamic academic program. The site visits to the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) helped me develop global perspectives on the finance industry. I have participated in almost every cultural activity and academic program organized by VIPP with my family whenever possible (such as the Spring Festival, cross country skiing, maple syrup festival, football tailgating, Thanksgiving potluck, brown bag lunch speaker series, and various field trips). My children also made unforgettable memories in Michigan, which I believe will be a powerful engine for their lives in the future.
Recently, my colleague, Professor Li Pingsheng, and I published a book entitled Beijing New Form of Tourism: Theory and Practice of Innovation and Development in China. I was a visiting scholar with VIPP at Michigan State University during the editing process of the manuscript; I have done a lot of post-publication work since my arrival in September 2012.
During my time at MSU, I learned a lot that will help me in my academic and professional career. I registered for VIPP courses such as Current Macroeconomics, Global Leadership and International Culture, and Academic and Professional Writing. These academic seminar courses were very helpful for my academic study; I had the opportunity to talk with Ph.D. students and professors who work in similar research areas. It inspired me and will help me form new research ideas.I also had my first Thanksgiving Day with a big American family. They told me about the background of the holiday and why American people think it is so important.
The following is from Xiaoxia Hu's address at the February 2013 graduation ceremony:
I can still remember the day we arrived at Lansing airport; we received warm welcomes from VIPP "receptionists." Gefan Li is one of them. Her skillful driving skills and her familiarity with the community made us feel at home. Thanks to VIPP's considerate arrangement, we went through all the registration procedures and grocery purchases in just two days, which helped us quickly adapt to the new environment. Efficiency, perfect efficiency was the first impression of America left in our minds.
Read Xiaoxia Hu's full speech.
The most important thing I learned during my stay with VIPP was American culture. VIPP provides classes about American culture and language, and they helped me very much in my understanding.
There is a second most important benefit from VIPP and MSU: my son enjoys American life very much and that is one of the benefits this program gave me, because he was able to learn English.