Students Organize First BYU China Conference

With one of the fastest-growing economies and the world’s largest population, China has a broad range of opportunities for careers in fields such as business, education, human resources, and engineering.

Several BYU students have found a way to prepare their peers for this burgeoning job market by organizing the first-ever BYU China Conference. The conference will be a one-day event on September 26 in the Hinckley Center on BYU campus. Although it is sponsored by the McKay School of Education and the Kennedy Center, it is entirely organized and led by students, with guidance from faculty.

“We have a lot of students interested in working in China and understanding the relationship we have with China,” said Jeffrey Wu, co-president of the conference. “We have different business and academic leaders coming to speak on what it’s like to work in China, what the environment is like, [and] what our relationship is going to be like in a few years.”

Presenters at the conference will include Timothy Stratford, who is the managing partner of the Beijing office of the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, former assistant US trade representative to China, and general counsel to General Motors China. Panel presentations allow attendees to ask questions about careers in China.

“The overall theme is developing leadership in 21st-century China,” said Peter Chan, faculty advisor to the conference. “We’re not talking about just business leaders, government leaders, or education leaders, but the characteristics that link them.”

Students across all majors are invited to attend. “It is a multidisciplinary event, and we want people from any major who have an interest in China to come and listen,” Chan said.

In addition to all the information provided, the conference is intended as a networking opportunity for the students and for BYU. “Not only will students get to meet these leaders, but we’ll be able to get them to be aware of BYU as a great institution that is interested in China,” Wu said.

According to Chan, this should be the first student-organized, China-themed conference on BYU campus, despite the numerous opportunities available in China for students. The organizers hope to make the conference an annual event.

For more information, including the complete list of speakers, visit www.byuchinaconference.com

Writer: Kirsten Clancy

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