Pictured (from left to right):
Yang Mei, Chun Jiang, Shuncong Xu, Xiaohua Yang, Huaizhong Zhou, and Bin Zhao
The Wenzhou Government Delegation visited the University of San Francisco for a contract signing event regarding the Executive Training program offered in the School of Management on September 17, 2015. The delegation consisted of Shuncong Xu, Director of Wenzhou Human Resources and Social Security Bureau; Chun Jiang, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Mayor’s Office of Wenzhou Municipal Government; Bin Zhao, Deputy Director of Wenzhou Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology; Yang Mei, Deputy Director of Wenzhou Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Television, Press and Publication; and Huaizhong Zhou, Deputy Director of Wenzhou Municipal Office of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs.
The meeting at USF started with Dr. Xiaoxin Wu, Associate Director of USF Ricci Institute, warmly receiving the delegation and giving a tour of the facilities along with an introduction on the Ricci Institute regarding its steep history and connection of this University, as well as San Francisco with China. The Ricci Institute is aimed towards encouraging interdisciplinary academic research in all areas of Jesuit and China interactions. The meeting continued among a delegation of CBSI executive board members, Professor Yang and Professor Roger Chen and Jane Gleeson and her team, all of who discussed the proposed executive training, including the Silicon Valley Immersion components and the Wenzhou’s needs for developing the next generation of entrepreneurs. Also, a brief introduction of Wenzhou—one of the earliest coastal cities opened to the outside world with a strong industrial base, a predominantly private sector and the largest private economy in China.
The Wenzhou Government has decided to work with USF because of its highly reputable program that can help participants to expand their knowledge of the Silicon Valley business cultures and models as well as help to expand their existing business. Three themes for the executive training emerged in the conversation: family business and the leadership transition, innovation and entrepreneurship and operations with the global perspective. These three themes will be included in the upcoming training program. With the agreement signed by Mr. Shuncong Xu, the head of the Wenzhou Delegation and Dr. Elizabeth Davis, the Dean of School of Management, the details of the executive training program are now ready to be worked on for Chinese government approval. The first program is earmarked to launch between September and November of 2017.
On the same day, USF-Wenzhou PHD Association organized a special welcome dinner in honor of Mr. Shuncong Xu and other members of the Wenzhou Delegation in South SanFrancisco. Dr. Yang and Dr. Shengle Lin, both Board of Director members of the association, hosted the delegation, the association members and other special guests. During the dinner, the delegation introduced ten items of the new policy about Wenzhou Talents. Association members and other guests also shared their oversea experiences. They offered diversified views on how the Wenzhou government can connect with the Wenzhou diaspora in the US, especially San Francisco/Silicon Valley for the purpose of building a better and more beautiful Wenzhou. The whole evening was filled with joy, laughs and exchanges.
Photo by Mike Mir, Brittany Tam, and Shulun Zheng.