Spreading our International Wings
ne of my key strategic objectives for moving the School forward is to strengthen our global footprint. Having moved to Davis from London, I am passionate about the further internationalization of our student experience and pursuing partnerships in research and executive education. With Northern California’s economic engine fueling Pacific Rim commerce, pursuing the dynamic opportunities in China is our natural first stop on a tour to build our international influence. In May, I made a 12-day visit to China, my sixth trip there and my second as dean. Joining me was my wife, Cheyenne, a Chinese native and a former principal at executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, and Wendy Beecham, the School’s managing director of executive education. Our whirlwind itinerary included talks with top academics and executives in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong who are shaping China’s energy, financial services, technology and agribusiness industries. We visited Beijing, Tsinghua and Fudan universities, and the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS). CEIBS recently partnered with the CHIC Group on the First China Agri-Business Forum, focused on the modernization of agrifood. The CHIC Group is China’s leading agribusiness supply chain management service. Our tour of its new training and research facility in Shanghai, where the forum was hosted, revealed many promising alliances with UC Davis’ expertise. We also met Beijing University Vice President Wen Hai (pictured), who earned his UC Davis Ph.D. in economics in 1991. He is the founding dean of the HSBC Business School in Shenzhen, an entrepreneurial hotbed of 10 million north of Hong Kong. We learned much about their executive education needs and building more bridges with UC Davis. In Hong Kong, Dr. Rosanna Wong, an influential businesswoman, former government executive council member and UC Davis Ph.D. graduate, brought us together with the leaders of eight of Hong Kong’s top universities and business schools. We’re now examining the best areas where we can meet the Chinese business sector’s hunger for education. As we expand our footprint beyond our borders, we will build on the groundwork laid by our global trailblazers—our alumni living and working around the world. Several are featured in this issue. I invite you to read the first-person accounts from these graduates whose innovative leadership and entrepreneurial drive are having a powerful and positive impact on international business.
S t e v e n C . Curra l l
Dean and Professor of Management
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