US-China Link Initiative at WPI
Building Entrepreneurial Relationships between Massachusetts and the Zhejiang Province
Monday and Tuesday, June 6-7, 2011
WPI Campus Center
Conference host is Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a leading university in science, management, technology, and global education, with support from the Business and International Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education and MassMEP (industry partner), through a grant obtained by Dr. Amy Zeng (PI), Associate Professor and Director of Operations and Industrial Engineering at WPI's School of Business. Co-PIs of this project are Dr. Kevin Rong (Professor of Mechanical Engineering of WPI) and Dr. Jennifer Rudolph (Professor of Humanities & Arts of WPI).
This conference is co-organized by the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the School of Management at Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU) in China. The two schools signed an MOU on November 30, 2010, which enables the two schools to share resources and interests, and co-develop influential educational models and materials for next-generation business leaders in an increasingly global, innovative, and entrepreneurial world. This event represents their first collaborative effort.
- Conference Chair: Professor Amy Zeng, School of Business, WPI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference Organizing Committee:
- Professor Jennifer Rudolph, Department of Humanities & Arts, WPI
- Professor Frank Hoy, School of Business, WPI
- Professor Kevin Rong, Department of Mechanical Engineering, WPI
- Professor Hansong Pu, School of Management, HDU
- Mr. Jack Healy, Director of Manufacturing Advancement Center
- Ms. Kathie Mahoney, Manufacturing Advancement Center (MAC)
- BIE Grant Award # P153A090011 (PI: Dr. Amy Zeng), Business International Education Program, US Dept of Education;
About Zhejiang Province:
Zhejiang Province is on the eastern coast of China and borders Shanghai to the north. Zhejiang's manufacturing is centered upon electromechanical industries, textiles, chemical industries, food, and construction materials. In recent years the province has followed its own development model, dubbed the “Zhejiang Model”, which is based on prioritizing and encouraging entrepreneurship, an emphasis on small businesses responsive to the whims of the market, large public investments into infrastructure, and the production of low cost goods in bulk for both domestic consumption and export. As a result, Zhejiang has made itself one of the richest provinces, and the “Zhejiang spirit" has become something of a legend within China. The state of Massachusetts is an appropriate and powerful match for Zhejiang province, and our conference will represent the first attempt to connect the two business communities.
About Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU):
Located in the historical city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province of China, HDU offers not only high-quality education but also easy access to the Yangtze River Delta region. Over the years, the university has devoted itself to fostering cross-disciplinary talents equipped with innovative spirit and practical skills and has maintained a long-term research relationship with hundreds of enterprises and companies. To this end, HDU and WPI are very similar in terms of educational philosophy goals. The School of Management at HDU was founded in 1980 and is now offering seven undergraduate majors and six Master’s level degrees. Its resources for education and research are ample – it has three research institutes, two research centers, and three modern teaching laboratories. The newly established Entrepreneurship and Family Business Center aims to develop the School’s expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship education in the global economy and make impacts on the economic health of Zhejiang Province.