International House's partnership with the Haas School of Business and the College of Engineering resulted in a powerful and insightful symposium which was held over the weekend of April 3-5, 1998. With the symposium theme, Technology: Gateway to Global Leadership, over 130 alumni, faculty, and industry leaders in Asia gathered in Hong Kong to discuss technology and management challenges and innovations in today's global markets.

Following an opening address by Dr. Yasutsugu Takeda, Senior Executive Managing Director of Hitachi, Ltd. who talked about the evolution of the money cleaning process for ATM machines (dirty money was a particular concern in Japan), a series of faculty-led panel discussions provided lively interaction. Panel topics included International Finance and Banking, Technology and its Impact on the Global Telecom Industry, Internet Business Trends, New-World Infrastructure, and Entrepeneurship.

NEC Distinguished Professor and former UC Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien presented an energetic overview of the innovation and technology issues facing Hong Kong and his participation in the development process.

After a fun and social sunset cruise to Lamma Island, Joe Lurie screened International House's new video with a very positive response from all.

International House organized a presentation on cross-cultural communication focusing on negotiating strategies for American and Asian executives. The many questions fielded by speaker A. David Wan, reminded us that even the most senior executives still have much to learn in understanding the cultural issues in building relationships and doing business internationally.

All in all, it was a fabulous opportunity to reconnect with International House and Cal alumni in Asia and to offer a mutually satisfying educational program at the same time. Look for future co-sponsored symposia especially our upcoming event scheduled for London from October 2-4, 1998.

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