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Business students present research at international forum in China

Shanghai_t.jpgBOONE—Business students from Appalachian State University and Fudan University in China participated in Shanghai Forum 2008, an international academic forum hosted in May by Fudan University and sponsored by the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. The conference theme as “Economic Globalization and the Choice of Asia: Transition, Growth and Welfare.”

The students attended the event as participants of the Holland Fellows Program for Business Study in Asia based in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business. They presented research on the effects of environmental issues on business practices in China and the United States. The only students presenting at the conference, they addressed issues of energy, pollution and waste in the two countries as part of the sub forum on “Energy and Environment in Cities”.

Shanghai Fudan 2008 Forum_t2.jpg Students in the Holland Fellows Program for Business Study in Asia participated in the recent Shanghai Forum 2008. The students are business majors at Appalachian State University and Fudan University. (photo submitted)

 

Appalachian students presenting at the conference and their topics were: Trent Bona, Kyle Brown, Caitlin Forest and Brian White, “The Effect of Energy Issues on Business Practices in China and the U.S.”; Ryan Ganfield, Alex Harris, Brandon Holmes and David Humphrey, “The Effect of Pollution Issues on Business Practices in China and the U.S.”; and Andrew Dawson, Rachel Pope, Kimberly Reeves and Will Windley, “The Effect of Waste Issues on Business Practices in China and the U.S.”

Their papers were included in the published conference proceedings.

The Holland Fellows Program for Business Study in Asia began in 1996 and has involved over 275 students from the two universities. This year’s fellows were selected through a competitive application and interview process conducted in October 2007.

The American and Chinese students began their work in November by developing outlines and researching topics they identified as important. Initial collaboration was conducted via e-mail. In April, the Fudan students came to Appalachian to continue their collaboration. Students from Appalachian traveled to China in May to continue the collaboration and finalize their presentations.