“Yuanyuan Liu, one of my former students, invited me to give the opening address in connection with the inauguration of the Baltic Sea Region Research Center at the university in Guizhou in China,” says Aihie Osarenkhoe, professor in business administration at the University of Gävle.
Yuanyuan Liu completed her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Gävle in 2008, and has since then been active as an alum of the University. Presently, she is a PhD student at the university in Vilnius in Lithuania and has recently started the Baltic Sea Region Research Center at the university in Guizhou in China.
“She says that she had read in international media about our research on sustainable business relations and that sparked an interest in working with us,” Aihie Osarenkhoe says.
Yuanyuan’s husband Yang Shen was, like Yuanyuan, a master student in Gävle in 2008 and is now the assistant director of a science park in Huaxi. Currently, he is preparing a collaboration between the University of Gävle and the Baltic Sea Region Research Center at the university in Guizhou as well as the university in Vilnius in Lithuania.
“I delivered my opening address to 800 students, the vice-chancellor and to deans from three other Chinese universities, for instance Hong Kong. It was a unique experience for me and they made me feel as if I was a head of state.”
Yuanyuan wanted the speech to concentrate on sustainable business relations, which is the profile for all research conducted at the Department of Business and Economic Studies here at the University of Gävle.
“I have suggested that we hold a workshop in China in 2018 to discuss joint research projects with the Baltic Sea Region Research Center at the university in Guizhou and the university in Vilnius in Lithuania.”
At the end of December, Aihie was informed that around ten investors/entrepreneurs and three Chinese cluster organisations, who were participants or have heard about the opening address, would like to visit Gävle in 2018.
“They are interested in collaborating with high-tech businesses and other businesses, but also with those local cluster organisations we collaborate with in our research platform “Sustainable business relations:” FindIT, Fiber Optic, Valley, Future Position X and Triple Steelix,” Aihie Osarenkhoe says.
For more information, please contact:
Aihie Osarenkhoe, professor in business administration at the University of Gävle.
Phone: 026-64 85 84, 070-191 45 26
Text: Douglas Öhrbom