January 23, 2007

Wilbur K. WooLOS ANGELES - The Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference returns to UCLA Anderson February 1-2, 2007. Scholars and business leaders – from the United States as well as China, Taiwan and Hong Kong – will convene to discuss and debate business trends, challenges and the impact of China’s integration into the global economy. Woo (’42), vice chairman emeritus of the board of Cathay General Bancorp, conceived of the conference with a $500,000 endowment to the university. The 2007 event, titled “Entrepreneurial Spirit – Pacific Vision,” showcases a variety of economic and other issues of concern to global business leaders. This year's conference has completely sold out but planning is already underway for next year. 

Panels will examine the emerging entrepreneurial ties and business opportunities between the U.S. and China. “The purpose of the conference is to get people from China to come here to speak with local business people and have panel discussions that expand and inform the economic and political dialogue between the two regions,” Woo says. “The study of the China economy as it relates to the U.S. is very important, but there are additional aspects to explore. In the future, we may enlarge the field of study to include the political situation in China as well.”

Woo, who earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in business administration, says his gift to establish the conference was a natural outgrowth of his lifelong relationship with UCLA. “When I attended, of course, there was no Anderson,” he notes. “As I grew older, I appreciated what I experienced at UCLA and decided I wanted to do something for the school.” Woo foresees a time when exchange programs between Chinese and U.S. students, plus scholarships for traveling students, will become an integral element of the Anderson- Greater China relationship.

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