Spotlight on Taiwan: Global Economics and International Business VIP Conference

October 29, 2015

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On October 19, four Capilano University students in the Joint Graduate Program in International Management presented a “Global Economics and International Business VIP conference” with guest speakers from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Vancouver. Their high profile guests from TECO included: Director General William Chung, the Director of Trade, and the Divisional Director; as well as VIPs from Capilano University. The graduate students created the conference as part of their studies and it was an excellent opportunity to experience meeting with international dignitaries to learn more about their culture, trade policies and business opportunities. 

Luis Villaba, School of Business faculty, explains, “In our global economics master’s-level class, we study developed as well as emerging economies and their interactions worldwide. Taiwan is a showcase for international development, developed technological markets within a democratic system – our students had a first-hand opportunity to learn from experts whose function in Western Canada is to promote those trade relations and investments.”

The TECO Director General discussed the Taiwanese economy, core sectors of the Taiwanese economy, and Taiwan in the world market. The Director of Trade provided insightful information about paid internships, scholarship opportunities, Canadian-Taiwan education swaps, and job opportunities. Some other interesting areas that were discussed included Taiwan’s sovereignty issues, Republic of China’s policies over Taiwan’s elections, as well as population issues. 

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This event was a project for the students' Managing in International Business course and with help from faculty that are connected to the international business community, the initial connection was made and the project was launched. The students’ learning began in the event planning. When hosting an event for another country the students made themselves aware of the cultural expectations their guests may have, and a briefing document was sent to all attendees on how to respectfully pose questions to the honoured guests as well as general information on Taiwan.  A thoughtful guest list of fellow graduate student and potential graduate students was drawn up, as well as invites to VIPs within the university.

While the students who crafted this event all share a common experience of business studies at Capilano University, they each bring a diversity of cultural backgrounds. Three team members are international students who have completed the North American Business Management Post Baccalaureate Diploma: Anna Sartakova, a Siberian-Russian student, Yan (Ryan) Zhang from Inner Mongolia China, and Rouyun (Grace) Zhong from TsingTao China. The fourth member of the team is Sarah Hajaghaie an Iranian-Canadian who completed the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. These students are part of a joint graduate program, an International Management Graduate Diploma from Capilano University and Master of Science (MSc) International Business at University of Hertfordshire.

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This event was created by students with a passion for sustainable knowledge and international business. Thanks to the Taipei Economical and Cultural Office, as well as Capilano University School of Business faculty Luis Villalba and Sharka Stuyt for making this possible. Thank you,  谢谢(s’ie s’ie)

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