Suffolk's Sawyer School of Management hosts China Business Discussion

3/8/2002

 More than 160 people discussed current issues of business in China Tuesday, February 26th, at Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management's first annual Chinese New Years Learning/Networking Event. Expert panelists Thomas Huang of Holland and Knight; David Lu of General Applied Technologies Corporation; Charles Wang of Acadian Asset Management; and Johnny Ip of Citizens Bank shared their opinions on issues such as the global and New England regional impact of China's WTO entrance, the nature of China's emerging financial markets, and preferred market entry strategies for U.S. firms considering China operations. The discussion was moderated by Sawyer School of Management's Professor Teresa Nelson.

All the speakers expressed cautious optimism about China's economic development potential. They also shared their concern about the potential impact of social issues including the unemployment rate of the citizenry and the need for further development, acceptance, and enforcement of a legal structure and financial system based on equitable regulation and transparency.

Sawyer School of Management Dean William J. O'Neill, Jr. shared with the invited guests his expectation that this event would be the first of many to bring current, international business issues to the Boston community. "Our priority is to develop a culture of life-long learning in our institution, and to build and satisfy the expectation of the downtown Boston business community that they can count Suffolk University for current, relevant programming on issues of international business. " Dean O'Neill also used the occasion to announce that the Sawyer School of Management has just signed a cooperative agreement with prestigious Renmin University (Beijing, PRC). Twenty-seven Sawyer faculty and MBA students will travel to China in May to begin the implementation of that agreement.

The event also included a performance of traditional dance and music of China presented by students of the Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture Performing Arts Society.

The Sawyer School of Business in China series will continue on April 2 (5:45-7:00 PM) when Mary Lakis, Category Manager for Spaulding Sports Worldwide, and former Senior Manager of South China Operations at Federal Express, will speak on the topic: Expanding Fedex Operations into China: My Experience as an Expatriate.
The event will be held at Suffolk University, Donahue Building, Room 403, (41 Temple Street, North of the Massachusetts State House in downtown Boston). The public is welcome to attend. For inquiries, or to RSVP, please email Michele Rapp (mrapp@suffolk.edu).

For more information, please contact Teri Malionek at 617-573-863.

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