Trinity Hosts China-U.S. International Business Event

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Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75
Nov. 29, 2011

Trinity Hosts China-U.S. International Business Event

Department of Business Administration organizes event to promote awareness and importance of Sino-U.S. international business.

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio civic, business, and educational leaders engaged in practices and policy making related to China-U.S. international business gathered at Trinity University the evening of Oct. 27 to share knowledge and experiences.  This was the second annual "China - U.S. International Business Event" organized by Trinity professor Deli Yang, the Richard Burr and Donald Clark Professor of International Business. "This event provides an opportunity to widen awareness of the importance of international business with particular focus on the U.S. and China," said Yang.

San Antonio District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, who has led the city's international economic development efforts, talked about the importance of Sino-U.S. international business for San Antonio's government and business growth. Chan co-chaired San Antonio's delegation to the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 and has been a catalyst in organizing trade visits by three major Chinese cities. "San Antonio is in a great position to broaden the focus of these trade talks to include the exchange of professional services, such as engineering and architecture," said Chan.

Several Trinity faculty - including Professors Richard Burr, Don Clark, Darryl Waldron, and Richard Butler - highlighted the growing number of alumni successfully living and working in China, as well as the growth in the University's international business program and the increasing enrollment of undergraduates from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  Senior Casey Kay, an international business major, discussed his four-year educational journey as a Trinity student and shared his ambition to become a manager in the wine import and export business between China and the U.S.

"This is a strategically and economically important part of the world and Trinity students are interested in internships and cultural exchange experiences in East Asia," said Trinity President Dennis A. Ahlburg in opening the event. Earlier this year, Ahlburg led a delegation of faculty and administrators on a five-city tour of East Asia, signing academic agreements that will open doors to some of the top exchange programs.

The event drew a diverse audience including representatives from San Antonio government, business community, Chinese culture associations, and San Antonio Chinese Chamber of Commerce, as well as Trinity faculty, staff, and students.