USF project aims to link China glob­ally

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By YU WEI in San Fran­cisco yuwei12@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

San Fran­cisco is known as the gate­way to the Pa­cific. To Yang Xiao­hua, that makes it nat­u­ral and log­i­cal for the Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco’s School of Man­age­ment to be a big player in US-China re­la­tions.

“Pre­par­ing busi­ness lead­ers for tomorrow with a fo­cus on China and glob­al­iza­tion of China busi­ness and en­gag­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity and pol­icy mak­ers for a fresh and in­sight­ful di­a­logue has be­come the new di­rec­tion and fo­cus of USF’s School of Man­age­ment,” said Yang, an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor at the school.

She is di­rect­ing

a new ini­tia­tive that will pro­mote knowl­edge cre­ation through re­search and de­vel­op­ment fo­cused on China and the glob­al­iza­tion of China busi­ness. Set to be launched Satur­day, the USF China Busi­ness Stud­ies Ini­tia­tive “cre­ates a hub link­ing China to the global com­mu­nity as well as to the busi­ness com­mu­nity in San Fran­cisco,” Yang said.

Its pri­mary goal is to meet the ed­u­ca­tional needs of busi­ness lead­ers who have em­braced the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s en­cour­ag­ing of in­vest­ment abroad, known as “go­ing global”.

“Be­ing the world’s sec­ond largest econ­omy, China’s go­ing-global needs to be un­der­stood, not to be feared,” Yang said. “Chi­nese en­ter­prises in­vest­ing in the US need to be guided, not to be shunned. Chi­nese in­vest­ment in the US needs to be in­te­grated into the lo­cal com­mu­nity, not to be re­jected.”

In the 1990s, the School of Man­age­ment played an im­por­tant role in pro­vid­ing MBA and ex­ec­u­tive MBA pro­grams that ed­u­cated China’s fu­ture busi­ness lead­ers, Yang said. To­day, she said, it is still a big player, pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion to hun­dreds of Chi­nese stu­dents each year.

For the 2013 fall se­mes­ter, USF at­tracted 933 un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from China, mak­ing the coun­try the largest source of in­ter­na­tional grad­u­ate stu­dents at the univer­sity, ac­cord­ing to its In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Ser­vice.

Mean­while, the School of Man­age­ment has un­der­gone a se­ries of ex­pan­sions of both its staff and its cur­ricu­lum.

In the past four years, five new Man­darin-speak­ing ed­u­ca­tors have be­come fac­ulty mem­bers, all with strong back­grounds in Chi­nese and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness. Mas­ters pro­grams have been aug­mented with new cour­ses in Chi­nese busi­ness. Stu­dents also have been pro­vided with in­tern­ships and job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Bay area and in China, and in their re­spec­tive fields of study, Yang said.

Re­search is one of the ini­tia­tive’s im­por­tant com­po­nents. Its first ma­jor re­search project will be a joint study of Chi­nese en­ter­prises in the US with the China Gen­eral Cham­ber of Com­merce.

In ad­di­tion to re­search and pub­li­ca­tion, the ini­tia­tive will also reg­u­larly hold Chi­nese busi­ness-re­lated con­fer­ences and panel dis­cus­sions, ac­cord­ing to Stan­ley Kwong, the School of Man­age­ment’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and term as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of Greater China Pro­grams.

The plan is to fol­low Satur­day’s launch of the ini­tia­tive with an in­ter­na­tional aca­demic con­fer­ence on Chi­nese glob­al­iza­tion. The event – ten­ta­tively set for some­time in the next year – would be co-spon­sored by pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties in North Amer­ica and China, Kwong said.

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