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Chinese Business Students to Visit Pacific

Apr 9, 2010

The University of the Pacific will be hosting a delegation of 30 Chinese business students on the Stockton campus 13-15 April.  They will be joining Pacific students and faculty as participants in the U.S.-China Social Enterprise Summit organized by the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, a leading university-based center to promote the emerging new field of social entrepreneurship.  At Pacific, the Chinese students will meet with social entrepreneurs, practitioners, and leaders of businesses and organizations making an impact on social and environmental issues in the U.S., China, and around the world.

While on the campus, the Chinese students will be presenting their "pitches" for social enterprises that they plan to initiate when they return to China.  Dr. Cynthia Wagner Weick, Professor of Innovation and Invention in the Eberhardt School of Business, will be working closely with the visiting students in developing their pitches and presentations.  A jury of Pacific faculty, social entrepreneurs and community business leaders will judge the presentations.  First prize will be a new i-pad contributed by the Cordes Foundation, one of the Summit sponsors.

The Chinese students are participants in the ECSEL Program (Empowering Chinese Social Enterprise Leaders) sponsored by the Schoenfeld Foundation in Hong Kong.  They were chosen in a highly competitive process throughout China from an applicant pool of nearly 1000.  ECSEL's mission is to engage Chinese and American students in dialogue to work together and exchange ideas on international development and social entrepreneurship.  The 30 students visiting the Pacific campus are en route to the Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Miami 16-18 April.   They will be joined at the CGIU by a delegation of Pacific students who will be among some 1500 student leaders from university campuses around the world to debate and develop innovative approaches to alleviating poverty and bringing those commitments to action back to the campus and community.

The Summit sessions are open to the public.  Further information contact Summit Coordinator Spencer Ton at (209) 946-7654.