By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer 

Taiwan group includes China Center on their RNC Visit

On Sept. 4, the China Center hosted a delegation of 25 people from Taiwan who were in Minnesota to attend the Republican National Convention. The delegation was led by Chiang Pin-kung, the vice chairman of KMT (the Chinese Nationalist Party, Taiwan), chairman of the Taiwan-based Strait Exchange Foundation, and former vice-chairman of the Taiwan Legislative Yuan (congress). Accompanying the delegation was Jason C. Yuan, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States. The group also included an eight-member news crew and Taiwan legislators from both parties (KMT and DPP).

University of Minnesota president Bruininks, vice president and dean of International Programs Meredith McQuaid, and dean of the Humphrey Institute Brian Atwood met with the group in the University International Center and the Humphrey Institute. McQuaid and China Center staff along with local representatives of the local Chinese community joined the delegation for a luncheon hosted by representative Yuan. Chiang Pin-kung is an instrumental figure in the peacemaking between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and is highly respected by the government in Beijing.

Group of Educators from Beijing go to a BBQ

A group of 24 educators from 17 different universities in Beijing, China attending classes at the China Center’s Mingda Institute for Leadership Training recently attended a BBQ hosted by Will and Beth Ahern at their home in Chanhassen. 

The group will be attending classes here until January, 2009.  Their program emphasizes the learning of English so that they are better trained to be able to teach their subjects in English when they return to China.  They will also learn more about other teaching methodology and visit other departments within the University.  Another aspect of their training program is to learn as much as they can about American customs and traditions so an outdoor BBQ was a perfect opportunity for these educators to experience this summertime tradition in Minnesota.

Not only was the weather exceptional, the Aherns’ home is situated on a secluded, wooded 2-acre parcel, complete with apple and walnut trees which is something many of these Chinese educators have never experienced.  There was plenty of time to explore the natural surroundings, play badminton and enjoy a great BBQ.  In addition to the educators, the Aherns invited a few neighbors and families that had adopted children from China so the group was able to learn more about each others’ culture and country.

According to comments by many of the guests, this will be an experience they will always remember. 

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Networking Dinner held for EMBA Delegation

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, The China Center held a business networking dinner for 70 Chinese Executive MBA (EMBA) delegation members that are visiting the United States for two weeks as part of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management’s China EMBA program. The students are executives and managers of businesses, educational and government entities in China primarily from Guangzhou Province and are attending the School of Business Sun Yat-sen University which is located in Guangdong, China.

Co-sponsors of the event included U.S.-China Business Connections, Chinese American Business Association of Minnesota and China Insight, which combined, invited an additional 70 guests, including representatives from local American and Chinese businesses and other types of organizations.  Unfortunately not everyone could be accommodated since the number of guests exceeded the maximum capacity of the University Ballroom at the Radisson University Hotel where the event was held.

This American and Chinese business networking reception began at 6 p.m. and guests were invited to sit at tables that were split with equal numbers of visitors from China and local guests that were color coded by business classifications.  The group was welcomed by China Center staff members and during dinner, presentations were made by representatives from various organizations from China and the United States that were in attendance.

The University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management’s China Executive MBA has, for the third time, been recently ranked the No. 1 Joint Executive MBA (EMBA) Program in China.

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