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Abstract This short paper is a summary of the keynote speech that will be given by Dr. Prosper Bernard in Xuzhou at the 6th International Conference on Mining and Technology at the China University of Mining and Technology. The presentation will refer to concrete examples that show ways to create long term business relations and technology transfer. One example is the relationship created by a joint MBA program between China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) and the University of Quebec (UQAM). Another example is that CUMT receives every year a delegation of executive MBA participants from Quebec who meet the Xuzhou MBA participants. Another way is to create international internships for our graduates. International Business and Technology transfer start with `RELATIONS``. It is suggested that education creates the best relations.

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Procedía Earth and Planetary Science 1 (2009) 1605-1607

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The 6th International Conference on Mining Science & Technology

Building international business relations: China-Canada education MODEL

Prosper Bernard, Michel Plaisent

Univeristy Consortium of the Americas, University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada

Abstract

This short paper is a summary of the keynote speech that will be given by Dr. Prosper Bernard in Xuzhou at the 6th International Conference on Mining and Technology at the China University of Mining and Technology. The presentation will refer to concrete examples that show ways to create long term business relations and technology transfer. One example is the relationship created by a joint MBA program between China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) and the University of Quebec (UQAM). Another example is that CUMT receives every year a delegation of executive MBA participants from Quebec who meet the Xuzhou MBA participants. Another way is to create international internships for our graduates. International Business and Technology transfer start with 'RELATIONS''. It is suggested that education creates the best relations.

Keywords: Xuzhou; Quebec; China; Canda; MBA eduation, technology transfer, intership.

1. Introduction

This short paper is a summary of the key note speech which will be given by Dr. Prosper Bernard in Xuzhou at the 6th International Conference on Mining and Technology at the China University of Mining and Technology. The purpose is to show cases or models for international business relations and technology transfer. The presentation will put emphasis on the case of Canada-China relations.

Canada has a large territory, but small population whereas China has a large territory and large population. Therefore, the two countries are natural partners. Let us look in a small scale what can be done in a relationship between the Province of Quebec and the Xuzhou region and how we do it via educational exchanges. In particular, we can improve international business and technology transfer by education, exchanges, and internships. One example is the relationship created by a joint MBA program between China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) and the University of Quebec (UQAM). Another example is that CUMT receives every year a delegation of executive MBA participants from Quebec who meet the Xuzhou MBA participants. Another way is to create international internships for graduates. International Business and International Technology transfer start with 'RELATIONS''. It is suggested that education creates the best relations. Historical relations also help current business relations.

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2. History

If two regions have a strong link through history they are more likely to favor closer relations. It is the case of Quebec with France and the case of Canada with the United States of America. Canada and China also have a strong link because of their common history.

According to Serge Granger [1], a Canadian historian , Canadians, and in particular the people of the Province of Quebec, were for 300 years impressed and interested by China maybe as much as to their interest for the Americans, their neighbors.

The contact between Canada and China goes back to the beginning of the French colonization (1608-1760). It should be noted that Quebec underwent a double European colonization (from France and from England). The French colonization was from 1608 to 1760 and followed by the British colonization from 1760 to 1867. This enabled Quebec to profit from the clauses of unfortunates treaties imposed on China by these nations. In order to understand well why so many Canadians from Quebec went to China, it is necessary to realize that "Orientalism' was strong in Quebec. [2] "Coming from a colonized and conquered people, the Canadians joined the Chinese recriminations in front of this arrogant Occident".[3]

The historical interest for China by the Canadians was greatly intensified during the first half of the 20th century. During that period there were many Canadians in China. Quebecers that were in China not only stayed in China, but more came to the country. In January 1938, a famous Medical Doctor from Quebec, Norman Bethune came to China and served in the People's Liberation Army [4]. A few years before, in 1935, he had attended an international academic conference as he was visiting the Soviet Union. He believed in Marxism. He joined the Canadian Communist Party the same year. He was interested not only in treating patients but also in caring for society.

In late October 1939, he got infected during surgery. He continued to work but his condition worsened. He could not get the needed medication because the Japanese did not allowed needed medical supplies to get to him. He passed away on November 12, 1939. He is a symbol of the love that Canada has and has had for China.

Father Prosper Bernard from Quebec came to China in 1938, the same time that Dr. Bethune came. He and two other Quebecers were executed on March 18, 1943 in Fengxian, Xuzhou region because they wanted to save a school. He is another symbol of the love that Quebec has had for China.

In particular there was a special relation between the Xuzhou region and the province of Quebec. In Xuzhou, there were before the liberation more than 110 Canadians from Quebec who served mainly in education. Ten of them died in Xuzhou. Three of them were executed by an officer of the Japanese occupying army [5].

3. Modern relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with China in 1970 before many occidental countries. In 1978 the first official mission fom the People's Republic of China visited the province of Quebec in Canada to establish educational relations. Since then Canada and Quebec have intensified their relationships in technology and in education. Now trade between Canada and China totals US$41 billion and trade between China and Quebec is more than US$7 billion.

4. Xuzhou and Quebec

The Xuzhou region and Quebec are similar to the extent that both have roughly 8 million people. The Quebec territory is much larger, however. Moreover, southern Quebec and Xuzhou are comparable in that both engage in similar agricultural activities, such as apples and other fruits.

5. Improve the relations by education links

As it was expressed many times [6] by Dr. Bernard, Xuzhou and Quebec should increase their cooperation. In fact he believes that the first step in increasing relationship is via education—particularly graduate business education. For that reason he helped create at China University of Mining and Technology the first accredited MBA from Quebec in order to create links between the business community on both sides and in the hope that it motivates more

business links. He also has brought to Xuzhou every year for the last 10 years Executives MBA from Quebec. A few meetings may not be enough, this is why the authors propose a longer session like a three month internship or a POST MBA program where a strong relationship can be established. In southern China a large Chinese company has created a Post Doctoral program and a Post Master program so that foreign Master or PhD graduates can create links with China. It is more or less like an internship and creates opportunities to identify possible technology transfer. In fact, in the above example the Chinese partner who pays foreigners for this internship has created technology transfer and business in many parts of the world in regions where these interns came from. In the presentation we will show examples of such transfers and how this concept has been a key factor of success for that company.

It is important and essential for MBA students from Canada to visit China and understand the key factors of success. One way is to spend time in a region like Xuzhou. Foreigners must follow the plan of China and do more Business with "regions" further away from the coast. Xuzhou is the perfect place for foreigners who would like to do business in China.

6. Conclusion

One day we will see in Xuzhou the presence of Quebec companies because we have planted the seeds by creating joint graduate programs. And we have facilitated the presence of Quebec business people in Xuzhou and Xuzhou people in Quebec by proposing internships to people on both sides. Examples of success shall be discussed in our presentation.

References

[1] L. Granger, Le Lys et le Lotus. Les relations du Québec avec la Chine de 1650 à 1950. Montréal, 2005.

[3] P. Bernard, Why China? Bogotá, Colombia. Fidal Colombia, 2006.

[4] T. Allan and S. Gordon, The Scalpel The Sword. Toronto: Canadians Publishers, 1952.

[5] P. Bernard and P. Bernard, In China Forever. Montréal, Qc: Sciences & Culture, and Sarasota, Florida, University Consortium of the Americas, 2001.

[6] P. Bernard and P. Bernard, De l'autre coté de la terre: La Chine. Montréal, Qc. Sciences & Culture 2000.