Jul 1, 2013

USD welcomes China delegation at second American Visiting Institute for Chinese Entrepreneurs

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is sponsoring the second American Visiting Institute for Chinese Entrepreneurs, July 7-10, at the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Chuck Staben, USD Provost, will introduce Professor Bingquan Lu and speak about their friendship and building a “bridge” between South Dakota and China. Also participating will be South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Valiant Vineyards, Sanford Health, Citibank and Raven Industries.

The Institute will provide a delegation of 12 business leaders from China, including Professor Lu, with information about investments in the United States. The four-day session will include lectures, tours and demonstrations of South Dakota’s economic capabilities as well as other activities. Lu, president and chief researcher of Beijing Bo Zhi Hang Research Institute of Commercial Real Estate, is considered a leading expert on business development.

Institute presenters include Mitchell Fillet, co-director of Fordham University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Steve Kirby, a founding partner of Bluestem Capital Co., Sioux Falls, S.D. Fillet will present, “The Acquisition of Capital…Going Public and Staying Private,” while Kirby will address “Private Equity: Realizing the Entrepreneurial Dream.” Gov. Daugaard is also scheduled to speak at an Institute completion ceremony at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10 at Farber Hall, when the Chinese delegation will receive certificates for the four-day professional learning experience.

“The University of South Dakota is honored to host Professor Lu and his delegation,” Staben said. “Mr. Lu believes South Dakota has numerous investment opportunities, and the Institute is designed to further explore those opportunities, and augment cooperation between China and South Dakota.”

The Institute is organized and supervised by Provost Staben and Dr. Ling Zhang, USD International Coordinator.

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