IPED Students’ Educational Visits: Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Metropolitan Museum of Art

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Briefing for IPED Students: Global Affairs and Career Opportunities

On April 11th, IPED students had the incredible opportunity to visit the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and attend a special briefing led by Dr. Zongyuan Zoe Liu, an esteemed expert in international relations and diplomacy. The CFR, renowned for its non-partisan approach, plays a crucial role in fostering understanding of global affairs and the foreign policy choices confronting not only the United States but also countries worldwide.

Dr. Liu, a fellow for international political economy at the CFR, brought a wealth of experience to the table, particularly in East Asia (with a focus on China and Japan) and the Middle East (with a specific emphasis on Gulf Cooperation Council countries). During the briefing, IPED students engaged in an in-depth conversation with Dr. Liu, exploring various aspects of globalization, including the intricate dynamics of China-US relations and the De-dollarization of the dollar within the context of the BRICS alliance.

Following the enlightening session, the students had the privilege of meeting with Megan Cheng, the Assistant Director of Human Resources at CFR, for a valuable Q&A session. This interaction provided an excellent opportunity for the students to gain insights into potential career paths within the organization and receive guidance on enhancing their job applications. The discussion with Ms. Cheng was immensely beneficial, offering students practical advice on how to navigate the competitive landscape and position themselves for success in the field of international relations.

The visit to the Council on Foreign Relations not only exposed IPED students to cutting-edge research and analysis but also broadened their perspectives on global issues and opened doors to future career possibilities. The firsthand engagement with experts like Dr. Liu and professionals like Ms. Cheng enriched their educational journey, equipping them with the knowledge and resources needed to make a meaningful impact in the world of international affairs.

Immersive Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art: IPED Class Explores Global Economic History

As part of their International Economic Policy class, the IPED students embarked on a captivating afternoon visit to the renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guided by the knowledgeable Dr. S, the students were treated to a curated tour that beautifully connected the themes explored in their classroom discussions to the world of art and culture.

During the visit, the students had the opportunity to reflect on and delve deeper into the topics they had covered in class. The rich history of the Chinese silk trade unfolded before their eyes as they examined exquisite textiles and learned about the political and economic implications of this ancient industry. The intricate details and craftsmanship of Chinese pottery further captivated their attention, allowing them to appreciate the significant role ceramics played in shaping cultural and economic exchanges throughout history. Additionally, the students explored the tea trade in Britain, examining artifacts and artworks that illuminated the profound impact of this trade on global commerce and cultural exchange.

By experiencing firsthand the beauty and complexity of art, the students gained a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of economics, politics, and culture. The visit enriched their understanding of the global economic history, while also fostering a sense of curiosity and intellectual growth. It allowed them to transcend the boundaries of the classroom and explore the world of art as a powerful lens through which to analyze and interpret complex economic concepts.

The visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art proved to be an inspiring and transformative experience for the IPED class. It brought their academic studies to life, igniting a passion for the exploration of diverse perspectives and fostering a multidimensional understanding of international economic policy. The insights gained and the connections made during this visit will undoubtedly continue to influence their academic and professional pursuits, equipping them with a broader worldview and a nuanced understanding of the intricate interplay between economics, history, and culture.

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