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BYU students chosen as student ambassadors at Shanghai World Expo

The U.S. Department of State announced that Brigham Young University students Diny Chang and Benjamin Hayford have been selected as student ambassadors and are serving as USA national representatives at this year’s World Expo in Shanghai, China.

The 2010 Shanghai Expo is the largest-ever gathering of world cultures. The 160 students chosen for the program are a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of schools and disciplines who will be serving in Shanghai from April 15 to July 31 or July 15 to Oct. 31, 2010.

Chang and Hayford are assisting with talks, screenings, panel discussions and performances at the USA Pavilion. Though the students selected for the program will not be paid, the USA Pavilion is providing student ambassadors with training, airfare, housing and a stipend to cover meals and local transportation.

The USA Pavilion at the Expo presents a dynamic, emotional program that communicates powerful core values shared by both the Chinese and American people, including sustainability, teamwork, health and opportunity.

“We are excited to invite American students to seize this opportunity and become an important participant in what is sure to be one of the most spectacular events in human history,” said Nick Winslow, president of the USA Pavilion operating organization.

Clayton Dube, USC U.S.-China Institute associate director, said, “Apart from global exposure, this program offers American students an educational experience as organizations and businesses showcase their research and technological innovations. They can also gain invaluable experience living and working in China, and it is great preparation for those interested in international relations, economic development and business.”

The 2010 Shanghai World Expo will be held from May 1 through Oct. 31, 2010. It is expected that some 70 million people will attend, 95 percent of whom will be from China. This is the first time China has hosted a World Expo, and more than 190 nations have committed to participate.

At over 60,000 square feet, the USA National Pavilion will be one of the largest national pavilions at the Expo. It will showcase American culture, values, innovation and business and honors the friendship and cooperation between the U.S. and China.

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