Spring/Summer 2008

In Brief

New Berkeley Asia Business Center Bolsters Haas School's Offerings in Asia


Dean Tom Campbell and Professor Teck-Hua Ho traveled on a whirlwind tour through Asia in February to launch the new Berkeley Asia Business Center.

Campbell and Ho signed agreements for new programs with the National Taiwan University and the City University of Hong Kong as part of the launch. The center is focused on significantly increasing its leadership training for Asian business managers and expanding research collaborations with Asian universities. It builds on existing programs with the National Singapore University and Nanyang Technological University.

"In recent years, the Asian markets have taken the world by storm. They are now a critical part of the world's economy," says Ho, director of the Asia Business Center."While there is great demand for management expertise and training, these markets also offer innovations that are changing the way business is done elsewhere. For the academic community this offers rich grounds for joint research."

The new center will provide executive leadership training, advanced management programs in collaboration with the Center for Executive Development, and certificates on risk management. Future targeted regions include mainland China, India, Japan, and South Korea.

Additional Haas faculty dedicated to teaching in the center include Ganesh Iyer (marketing); Laura Kray and James Lincoln (organizational behavior); John Morgan and Andrew Rose (economics); Laura Tyson (public policy); and Xiao-Jun Zhang (accounting).

The center will organize a Berkeley Asia Leadership Conference in a different region of Asia each year. The first conference, in Singapore on December 1, will focus on "The Family Business Challenge."

The center also is creating the Berkeley Asian Fellows, an executive training program at UC Berkeley for academic, business, and government leaders from Asia. The 2008 participants will be known as the Wang Fellows, thanks to Stanley Wang, chairman, founder, and president of Fremont, Calif.-based Pantronix Corp., whose gift will support this program in its first year.



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Asia Business Center

Haas School officials discussed partnerships with several schools during their tour of Asia promoting the Berkeley Asia Business Center. Here, stopping at a reflecting pool at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, are Haas School Professor Teck-Hua Ho; Dean Tom Campbell; Tien-Sheng Lee, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at The Chinese University; and Haas Assistant Dean Larry Lollar