Concordia University, St. Paul’s Dr. Bruce Corrie, Associate Vice President for University Relations and International Programs, recently delivered a series of lectures on small business development and innovation at Minzu University in Beijing, China.
Invited as a guest as part of the institution’s World Famous Scholars Lecturing at Minzu University series, Dr. Corrie said his presentation was well received given China’s latest major policy document that puts emphasis on small business development, strategies and innovation.
“The Chinese students wanted to learn from the American experience and so I used the examples of minority and immigrant entrepreneurs to suggest some strategies for China.” Corrie said.
One of the top regional universities serving minority communities in China, Minzu University is noted as being one of the most prestigious Chinese academic institutions in the fields of anthropology, ethnology, ethnic economies, regional economics, religion studies, history, dance and fine arts.
The relationship between Concordia and Minzu began in 2012 when Minzu’s Dr. Xiuping Zhang visited St. Paul on a research project and to explore collaboration. Out of that visit emerged a unique program where graduate business students from both schools interacted with each other and met in person in Beijing to develop relationships and global networks in their areas of expertise.
An economist by training, Dr. Corrie has done extensive work on minority business development and currently is working with community partners on a marketing and branding campaign focused on African immigrant businesses and cultural assets in St. Paul called “Little Africa.”