Wolfson College student Xiaoguang Qi, who is also an executive director of the Council of Liaoning Province Overseas Exchange Association of China, organised a Cross-Cultural Management and Innovation Seminar at Wolfson in November 2011. The seminar was co-funded by the Council and Cambridge Polaris Limited - a consulting firm run by Jin-Hooi Chan from the University's Judge Business School.
The Chinese delegation comprised senior executives of private companies in a range of diverse industries: real estate and properties development, international trading house, branding consultant, electronics and manufacturing sectors. The delegates hail from a wide geographical region, including Beijing, Shanghai, Liaoning, Hebei and Fujian.
Over two days, the delegates had an opportunity to exchange views and discuss cross-cultural communication and management, the Cambridge high-tech innovation cluster and other issues pertaining to the internationalisation of Chinese firms.
In addition, Mr Qi, who is undertaking the Executive MBA programme at the Judge Business School, hosted the delegation for a Cambridge-style Formal Hall at Wolfson. The delegation also experienced the rich heritage of Cambridge. After the seminar, the delegation departed for further visits and exchanges around the UK.