Dean Doug Guthrie, recently named GW’s vice president for China operations, moderated a panel on the widening gap in wealth and social needs in China at the 2013 Fortune Global Forum.
The three-day, invitation-only gathering in Chengdu, China, brought together CEOs and world leaders for discussions on trends in China and the future of global business. GW was the forum’s sole educational partner.
Guthrie’s panel covered the the state of charities and the philanthropic sector in China. Panelists included Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of the Hurun Report and Hurun Philanthropy List; Yao Ming, athlete, entrepreneur and philanthropist; and Wang Zhenyao, dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute at Beijing Normal University. Panelists highlighted the need for youth volunteers in the philanthropic field; the value of having high-profile philanthropists such as athletes set examples for others; and the need for philanthropists to see the impact of their donations.
GW’s participation in the forum is the latest in a series of steps taken to increase its China presence.
In April, the University opened its Confucius Institute to promote Chinese language and cultural studies. Knapp will begin a two-year term in December on a council that serves as a governing body for Confucius institutes around the world.
GWSB and Renmin University of China International College jointly offer a Master’s of Science in Finance program for Chinese students. Last year, GW launched a partnership with Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu, China, to offer advanced degrees to Chinese students. This year, the first group of students arrived at GWSB for three weeks of immersion in culture, education and business practices through the School’s new “Winter Program in D.C. for Chinese students.”
“Even though we are so strongly based in Washington, D.C., we are at the same time a global university, and we take very seriously our responsibility to educate citizen leaders not only of the United States but of the world,” said GW President Steven Knapp, who led the University’s delegation to the forum. “Nowhere is our role as a global university clearer or more powerful than in our growing relationship with China.”
Knapp said GW recruits more students from China than from any other foreign country, and an increasing number of GW students and alumni are studying and living in China.
Ahead of the forum, Guthrie and Elliott School of International Affairs Dean Michael E. Brown, who was also part of the GW delegation, participated in the 2013 Education Summit, “Education Creates Fortune and Future,” sponsored by the Nordic International Management Institute. The discussion explored the role of higher education in society, U.S.-China relations, and opportunities for universities to have an impact on China.
Guthrie, who is fluent in Mandarin, highlighted GW students’ work in helping the District of Columbia create a five-year economic plan to show the effect that strong relationships between universities and communities can have. Brown gave an overview of U.S. foreign policy and national security policy toward the Asia-Pacific region, particularly China.
Other GW leaders attending the forum included Provost Steven Lerman, Vice President for Research Leo Chalupa, Vice President of Human Resources Sabrina Ellis, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean Jeffrey S. Akman, and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Mike Morsberger.
Videos of the entire forum is available online. For more information and a registration link, go here.
Posted by gwsb on June 5, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.