University of South Carolina

Confucius Institute, Moore School team up for conference

The Confucius Institute and the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina will host a one-day international business conference Monday, Nov. 22, that will address business relationships and opportunities between China and the United States, particularly in South Carolina.

The conference is set for 2 – 5:30 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium on the eighth floor of the Moore School. While intended for business, government and education leaders, the event is free and open to the public. A reception will take place afterward from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the campus room of Capstone House.

Participants can hear three keynote addresses and attend one of three panel discussions: the China-U.S. economic relationship; business development with China; and the role of education in fostering economic development with China. Panel topics will relate to the Southeastern U.S. and South Carolina.

“This international-business conference and panels are an effort to promote business opportunities and exchanges for South Carolina,” said Dr. Tan Ye, director of USC’s Confucius Institute. “South Carolina is one of the best states in the country for business development. It is ripe for foreign investment with a ready and able workforce and reasonable land. The conference is well timed as the difficulty of the economy continues.”

The first part of the conference, from 2 – 4 p.m., will feature keynote addresses by Jack Ellenberg, deputy secretary of commerce for the S.C. Department of Commerce; Guihua Chen, the first secretary of the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office in the U.S. Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; and Hal Johnson, president and CEO of the SC Upstate Alliance.

Ellenberg will discuss the economic relationship between China and South Carolina with respect to investments in the United States, as well as South Carolina’s presence in China. Chen will provide a broader understanding of China’s economy and the potential for more business exchange, while Johnson will discuss his business interactions with China through the lens of regional economic development in the Upstate.

Ye, USC President Harris Pastides, Beijing Language and Culture University vice president Min Zhao, Moore School Dean Dr. Hildy Teegen and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick will speak before the keynotes.

The three panel discussions are concurrent, running from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Panel I: China, the U.S. and the Global Economy. Ellenburg will moderate. The panel will look at economic relationships between China and the U.S. in broad context. Panelists will include Dr. David (Zihua) Liu, a professor of political science and director of the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College; Jimmy Chao, founder and president of Chao and Associates Inc., a S.C.-based engineering firm; and Dr. H. Fenwick Huss, dean of the business school at Georgia State University.
  • Panel II: Strategy and Innovation in the U.S. and Chinese Business Environments. Johnson will moderate. The panel will look at strategies for innovation in the private sector in the Southeastern U.S. and South Carolina to encourage business exchanges both ways. Panelists will include Tiger Wu, executive vice president of China Construction America of SC, Inc.; Jian Zhang, chairman of the board of the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce; and Julin Gu, former president of the Association of Chinese Professionals in Atlanta, secretary general of the Federation of Associations of Chinese Professionals in Southern USA and vice president of the US-China Investment Association (ACIA).
  • Panel III: China and the U.S.: Meeting Educational Demands in a Global Context. Dr. David Hudgens, an associate director of the undergraduate division and program manager of the Moore School’s International Business and Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) program will moderate. Panelists will include Ruta Couet, director of foreign language programs for the S.C. Department of Education; Patricia Willer, associate vice president for international programs at USC; and Dr. Batong Gu, director of the Confucius Institute at Georgia State University.

“Economic opportunity with China is an important and ongoing conversation in South Carolina, and the university’s Confucius Institute is a leader in that discussion,” said Hudgens. “The Darla Moore School of Business, with its national stature in international-business education, continues to drive innovative programming with a focus on China, including collaboration with the CI and its partner institution, Beijing Language and Culture University.”

The CI offered its first business panel when the institute was launched in November 2008. Plans call for the conference to be held annually in collaboration with the Moore School.

For more information on the conference, visit the Confucius Institute website: or call Wei Hu at 803-777-7660.

Confucious Institute / Moore School conference

  • What: One-day international business conference on business relationships and opportunities between China and U.S.
  • When: Monday, Nov. 22
  • Where: Lumpkin Auditorium

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/09/10 @ 5:05 PM | Updated: 11/18/10 @ 10:25 AM | Permalink