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  • China Study Tour 2010 Final Update with Photos

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 9/27/2010 01:51:43 PM

    Coming back from China which has the largest population in the world to Seattle, a city that allows you to have a lot more personal space, I feel very relaxed and comfortable.  Travelling with two professors and 20 plus MBA students gave me a different experience.  During the trip, it is very interesting to hear all my colleagues’ thoughts about my home country, China.  China is big because it has so much land and so many people.  China is beautiful because it has so many historical and modern buildings.  China is important because it is developing so fast.  China could be seen as messy sometimes because people are fighting for opportunities.  China is polluted because 70% of the energy still comes from coal.  Traffic jams are very common, especially in Beijing and Shanghai even though they have the world-class subway systems.  The rich and the poor are very clearly classified.  Porsche, BMW, Audi, Merdedes-Benz and other well-known brands are everywhere.  Cost of living in the big cities is very high.  One night on the way to the hotel, my taxi driver told me that he would never have the money to buy a condo in the urban area because the price is sky-high.  In the night market of Beijing, employees of a food stand said, “We came to Beijing to work from western China.  We know we only make $200 per month and have only 1 day off in a year, but it is much better than in our hometown.”  That is why this study tour is so great because it shows us two sides of China, the good side and the bad side.  I guess this is the reality about China.

    Toward the end of the tour, we had an opportunity to see the World Expo in Shanghai.  Again, fighting with 200,000 people to see a famous pavilion such as China, Spain, England and Saudi Arabia was a tough job because it required a 5-hour wait in line.  Of course, this reflects the China population very well.  The day before we left, it was fortunate to meet with our governor of Washington State, Christine Gregoire.  Since WA State is the second largest export state to China, there are many opportunities for international trade such as agriculture, aviation, IT, tourism, education and wine.

    Taking this tour makes me become more self-aware.  I have developed a better mindset for my future career.  I still remembered a sentence from my grandparents. “Reading ten thousand books is not as good as travelling ten thousand miles because travelling can give you emotional experiences.  These experiences come from hearing, seeing, touching and engaging.”  

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:

    Forbidden City    

    Olympic 2008 Bird's Nest

    forbidden city

    bird nest

    Olympic 2008 Water Cube

    Terra-Cotta Worriors

    water cube

    Terra Cotta Worriors

    City Wall Bike Ride

    Expeditors Company Visit

    bike ride


    Photo with WA governor Christine Gregoire in ShangHai

    Beautiful Shanghai Pudong Skyline

     governor photo shang hai bun



    CST 2010 Update: Leaving Beijing and Heading to Xi’An to see Terra-Cotta Warriors

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 9/10/2010 02:01:02 AM

    Great wall   Scorpions

    From climbing the Great Wall, visiting the Forbidden City, walking by a night market which has live scorpions and discussing a case with Beijing University MBA students to taking a train to Xi’An tonight, this week seems very fast.

    Standing on top of a station on the Great Wall, I saw the history of China.  Looking at the mountains, I saw the beauty of China.  Talking to Chinese businesses, I saw the future of China.

    So far the trip has given me so much amazing experience.  I will continue to explore and hope to share with you soon.

    Written by Derek Zhao:



    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 9/2/2010 03:45:58 PM

    With the beginning of the new academic year 2010-2011, we begin to see new faces at Albers. One of them is Natalia Varela Donado, a Master of International Business student who has recently joined the Albers team in their commitment to providing the best educational experience for Albers graduate students from the moment they become curious about pursuing a graduate program at Seattle University until they successfully complete their studies and receive their diploma. Natalia is highly acquainted with Seattle University and its procedures and student life, as she has been working as a Graduate Assistant with the Collegia Program, another service offered to both undergraduate and graduate students at Seattle University, which facilitates the student life of transfer and commuter students.

    To find out more about this program, please visit

    Some may still wonder what the role of the Graduate Student Ambassador is at Albers, some may remember Thuy Vien or Derek Zhao as their own graduate ambassadors, the ones who were always there to answer questions, remind them of upcoming meetings and events, follow up with past activities but foremost, Albers graduate student ambassadors serve as supporters, key connectors, doubts and inquiries solvers for the school’s prospective and new students.

    Natalia is the new person appointed with this mission. She is there to answer questions, provide insights on her experience at Albers so far and help in any other way possible to enhance the experience and the process of enrolling and beginning your education at Seattle University. She can be contacted at

    Written by Natalia Varela Donado.


    How “Partnership” positively impacts community development!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 9/1/2010 03:11:17 PM

    On Wed Aug 11th, the SU Global Engagement Office helped host a discussion forum for the community about how partnership can make a huge impact for community development.

    At the beginning, Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Microsoft Community Affairs, pointed out economic reset put a lot of stress on systems.  For example, Microsoft is relying on partnership and uses its technology to fulfill people’s potential.  Microsoft uses partnership to widen its product lines and help train different NGOs around the world to catch up with technology.  It was interesting to hear from Steven Jordan, Executive Director, Business Civic Leadership Center.  He explained partnership in a new way that I have never heard.  He said, “Partnership has to grow within yourself, then it can grow by multiplying the number of individuals and the size of the community.  Then leaders in the community should empower young people.  All giant companies grow from strategic partnerships.” 

    In addition, Tayla Bosch, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Western Union, said, “We are big because we have reliable small partners.  We listen to what partners need and try to accommodate them to build deep and trusted relationship.  By partnering with locals, we are in a better position to compete and make more money, so we can give more funding to different organizations to do more good things.”

    As we know, global development has so benefits including promoting peace, creating more jobs which could reduce conflict, creating dependency and interdependency and building prosperity.  Community development needs everyone to get involved.  It is important to create a sustainable and inclusive R&D center.  One person or one company has very limited power, but if we start partnering, I am sure we can do more good for the community locally and globally.

    For more information, please visit Global Washington.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email: