Monday, July 30, 2007
More writing from April:
Baylor in Shanghai is the I5 program’s newly developed study abroad opportunity designed to link upper level engineering/computer science students and business students in prospering economic setting through cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Dr. Greg Leman, University Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, envisioned a learning environment in which students could learn the technical side of and industry along with business principles. Dr. Leman teamed up with professor Cindy Fry from Baylor Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Anne Grinols from Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, Dr. Robert Hisrich from Thunderbird University, Dr. Bright Shi, Dr. Gao Guangkuo and Professor Ray Zhang from USST to implement the program.
Shanghai, China is on the cutting edge of developing business and technology and was thus chosen for the program’s location. Nineteen American students signed up for the start-up summer program and were joined by 21 Chinese students from USST in Shanghai. To enhance the cultural experience Tai Chi, Mandarin and Chinese/American history are taught along side the business classes. While in China, MBA and undergraduate students work directly with Chinese companies on various projects that add value to the companies and give the students useful business and technical work experience.
The six companies / entrepreneurs participating in the program include:
• USCN (Shenzhen)
• Dow Corning Corporation
• VMI (USST Science Park)
• E5S Corp (Jinan)
• Perfect Software Corporation Ciapetti Import Company