CKGSB’s New Alumni Chapter “Can Help Expand US-China Ties”

January 07, 2016

Liu Jian, the Consul General for the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, and CKGSB Dean Xiang Bing were among those in attendance at the launch ceremony of CKGSB’s US West Coast Alumni Association, which also included an Innovation Forum.

The newly-founded US West Coast Alumni Association of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is poised to pursue the organization’s goals of serving alumni while building a better society. It can accomplish the latter by broadening the potential for the United States and China to collaborate in an innovative sharing of resources, according to Liu Jian, the Consul General for the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles.

Liu told the Innovation Forum and Founding Ceremony of the new alumni chapter, which will be based in Los Angeles, that it can be a catalyst in an extraordinary innovation alliance between the US and China that could expand the possibilities for cooperation between the nations and create a brighter future for both sides.

The US and China are both ready to seize the opportunity to build a new type of major power relationship that will be a model for the rest of the world, Liu told an audience of about 100 that included Xiang Bing, CKGSB’s Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization, and Liu Jing, the school’s Associate Dean and Professor of Accounting and Finance.

CKGSB Dean Xiang Bing at the founding ceremony

for the US West Coast Alumni Association in Los Angeles

The chapter’s founding comes as China enters a “New Normal” characterized by its transformation from an investment-driven nation to an innovation-driven one, Liu said. During this phase, economic growth in China will be slower but more stable, more structurally optimized and dynamically diversified, he added.

Noting that new opportunities in various fields have emerged as a result of closer US-China ties, Mr. Liu said the founding of CKGSB’s US West Coast Alumni Association not only facilitates talent- and information-sharing among the nations, but also promotes communication and learning, thus furthering the friendship and partnership.

Learning from others opens the door to success, he added. “Knowing and doing things make a man undefeatable; congeniality allows for learning and progressing,” he said.

The CKGSB Alumni Association is a service platform built to connect alumni with CKGSB and its wider social community. Established with principles designed to “educate, proliferate, tolerate and be considerate,” the Association aims to significantly contribute to school development causes, provide dedicated service to alumni and build a better society at large.

The Los Angeles event aimed to gather the collective wisdom of CKGSB alumni in the western United States and “converge the motivation of innovation” to foster development opportunities among participants.

Dean Xiang said having a western US branch of the alumni association gives CKGSB an opportunity to further expand the public’s awareness of the school’s teaching philosophy and development vision.

CKGSB’s 8,000+ alumni network includes many notable leaders of industry and pioneers of China’s new economy. The ranks include Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman Jack Ma and former Sinopec chairman Fu Chengyu.

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