A Trip to China Brings Rewards: A New Scholarship Fund and a Partnership for a Key Research Center at the School of Business Administration

Partnerships with Chinese Universities Add a Realistic View of Global Business Culture

China Shanghai Pilot Free Trade zone, a busy port facility.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Dean Yunzeng Wang and Steve Chen, director of international relations at UC Riverside School of Business Administration (SoBA), as well as Jeff Kaatz, UCR assistant vice chancellor of development, traveled to China in January to develop strategic international partnerships for SoBA.

They came back with a $100,000 gift from Xiangdong Li, Chairman of both the Sichuan Ruixin Industrial Group and the China West International Education Foundation. Called the “China West Scholarship Endowment Fund,” this generous gift will provide scholarship funds for international students looking to study at SoBA. “I want to express my deepest thanks to Xiangdong Li for investing in our success,” said Dean Wang.

The trio also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Shanghai Maritime University’s (SMU) Logistics Research Center and SoBA’s Institute of Supply Chain Analytics and Logistic Studies. This MOU outlines ways in which the Center and Institute can engage in collaborative research and student exchange. SMU’s Logistic Research Center is highly respected and is located near Yangshan Port, one of the largest deepwater ports in China.

“We made many friends on our trip, and we have significantly increased our partnerships with universities in China,” said Wang. “Supply chain management and logistics are incredibly important in world commerce, and we are part of that world. And thanks to Youfang Huang, President of the Shanghai Maritime University, we also had a chance to tour the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone.” This is the first free-trade zone in China and is being used as a testing ground for a number of economic and social reforms.

The UCR group also hosted and spoke at two receptions in the cities of Chengdu and Wuhan for alumni, parents, prospective students and guests. There was significant interest in UC Riverside and the events were heavily attended. The group also met with a number of local companies during the visit to discuss potential partnership opportunities with SoBA as well as the broader university.

“Moving forward, SoBA will continue to pursue key strategic partnerships with our friends and colleagues internationally,” Dean Wang said. “It is through these partnerships that we will, in part, achieve our vision of becoming a leader in business education.”


The UC Riverside team meets with partners at Shanghai Maritime University

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