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International Economic Development Tour of Massachusetts

IBS Student Aims to Build Bridges to China

February 5, 2010

Brandeis International Business School student Yelin Li MA ’10 attended the International Economic Development Tour of Massachusetts, organized by the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment.  She was one of forty delegates from nineteen countries to be chosen.  The purpose of the tour was to introduce representatives from abroad to the business and technological resources available in Massachusetts.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Finance from Shanghai International Studies University, Brandeis International Business School (IBS) Student Yelin Li (MA ‘10) worked in private banking at HSBC Bank in Shanghai.  This opportunity allowed Ms. Li to experience firsthand the newly opened financial markets in China.  She decided to continue her education at IBS in order to find greater understanding of different cultures and financial markets.

This past October, Ms. Li attended the International Economic Development Tour of Massachusetts, organized by the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI).  The purpose of the tour was to introduce representatives from abroad to the business and technological resources available in Massachusetts.  Ms. Li was selected as one of forty delegates from nineteen different countries that included Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.  Most representatives were diplomats and economic development officials.  The guests from China included Vice Minister of Commerce, Yaoguo Jiang, Auditor-in-Chief of the National Audit Office, Baohou Sun, and Vice Governor of the Hunan Province, Kailang Guo.  The delegates visited Cape Cod, New Bedford, Worcester, and Springfield.  The Chinese delegates showed a particular interest in the world-renowned research resources of Massachusetts.   China is one of the Commonwealth’s biggest trading partners.

Ms. Li also landed an internship with MOITI, during which she completed research papers on China's stimulus package which were included in the Massachusetts International Strategy of Governor Deval Patrick.  Ms. Li called the experience “eye-opening” and believes it will help build a stronger relationship between the United States and China in the future. 

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