Carnegie Mellon University

Déjà vu

10-01-2010

One Year after G-20, Carnegie Mellon, City Take World's Stage Again

Coming off the success of the G-20 last year, Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon are taking center stage at another international event this fall — the International Business Leaders Advisory Council (IBLAC) gathering in Shanghai, China. Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon is part of a delegation of the city's government, business and academic leaders who will visit the city Oct. 9 -11. The group will offer advice on improving the business climate in one of China's most vibrant and economically powerful cities. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will give the keynote address at Mayor Han Zheng's IBLAC gathering on October 11.

President Cohon will be talking with government and business leaders about the impact of universities in spurring economic development and job creation. In the Pittsburgh region alone, Carnegie Mellon has helped to create more than 200 companies and 9,000 jobs in the last 15 years. The university's entrepreneurial and innovative sprit has not only allowed for the development of many start-up companies, but also attracts major players, such as Google and Apple, to its campus. The visit to Shanghai serves as another opportunity to advance the region's business relationships with the world's second largest economy.

For some perspective on China, Carnegie Mellon features the following subject experts:

* Allan Meltzer, a Carnegie Mellon professor who has authored two volumes titled  "A History of the Federal Reserve" and commented recently on the U.S. government's concerns regarding China's currency;
* Lee Branstetter, an expert on international economics, industrial organization and economic growth in East Asia, with a particular focus on China and Japan;
* Raj Reddy, a Carnegie Mellon computer science and robotics professor, has been named to the Chinese Academy of Science, and Chinese affiliates have taken a leading role in Reddy's Universal Digital Library.

Ken Walters