The United States-China Innovation and development fo- rum, held by the Chinese Students and Scholars Associa- tion (UIUCCSSA) ended on Apr.7.
This forum includes keynote speeches and two concurrent sessions. Lei Hong, the Consulate-general of P.R.C. in Chicago, Diane Marlin, mayor of Urbana and guests from the University and business gave speeches, sharing their experience and research results in their field and exchange ideas with students.
“This began in 1904, when University of Illinois President Edmund James worked with Mr. Wu Tingfang, Chinese Minister to the United States, to bring students from China to study at our campus,” Marlin said.
In the host welcome, Marlin talked about how Urbana be- came a famous city with great university and the cradle of entrepreneurs. She also recalled the close relationship between China and Urbana and Illinois.
“The City of Urbana has many direct ties to China. We established a Sister City relationship with the Haizhu Dis- trict, Guangzhou several years ago and cooperated with Zomba, Malawi on a grant to improve sanitation in that African city as part of Sister Cities International Sino-Af- rican Initiative,” Marlin said.
Hong talked about the Sino-U.S relationship, and the posi- tive influence that Chinese international students could achieve.
In the following keynote speeches, Jason Xu, the chief en- gineer of Didi in the North America, Mike Yao, professor of the College of Media of Illinois, and Joe Zhu, investor, gave students speeches related to their background and ex- perience, sharing what they have learned in their life.
In the following concurrent sessions, students had more opportunities to talk with guests. Guests from China and the U.S. gave more specific speech related to the topics of the concurrent sessions.
In the concurrent session I, which topic is China-U.S. relationship and Chinese Brand in Global Market, guest speakers talked about their understanding of the market, encouraged students to use their advantages and change the world.
In the concurrent session II, which topic is Technol- ogy and Innovation, Business Start-up and Employment, guests talked about the dilemma that Chinese students faced when they tried to blend in the new culture.
“A student told me he only said English when he ordered food,” Fish said. Guest speakers encouraged students reaching out and utilize their multicultural background to achieve success.
UIUCCSSA spent more than three months on the event. As a director of this event said, because of the time con- flict, some guests could not present.
“We will try our best to bring more guests to our forum,” the director said.