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Last updated: Saturday, 14-Mar-2009 19:10:25 Central Daylight Time


Noted Economist Kao to Speak at UW-RF

Charles H.C. Kao, president and CEO of Commonwealth Publishing Company in Taiwan, Republic of China, and former UW-River Falls economics professor, will be the inaugural speaker for the Executive in Residence Program at UW-River Falls.

Kao will speak on "Reassessing the Chinese Economy: Opportunities and Challenges." The lecture is on Thursday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in the Blue Room of Rodli Commons on campus and is free and open to the public.

The Executive in Residence program was established by the College of Business and Economics to integrate the campus with business. Said Dean Barbara Nemecek, "We hope to host one business executive—the CEO, president or vice president of a business—on campus each semester, who can spend a day interacting with our students, faculty and members of the local business community."

Kao is a recognized expert, speaker and published author on many topics, including quality of life, economic development, education and Mainland China/Taiwan ties. He serves as senior advisor to the president of the Republic of China.

Two of the magazines he publishes in China, Global Views and Commonwealth are the equivalent of Business Week and Time magazines in the United States.

From1964 to 1998 Kao was a professor of economics at UW-RF. For some of those years he served as department chair, and in 1974 he was named the University's Distinguished Teacher. Kao has generously supported the University with donations of time and money. He established the UW-RF Center for Pacific Rim studies in 1990, and he has brought well-known speakers to River Falls.

The Executive in Residence Program is sponsored by Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services, which serves all of the communities in Pierce and Pepin counties.

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