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Path:  Corporate Home >> Press Releases >> Corporate and Investor News >> November 28, 2007
Beijing's Tsinghua University Opens Global Sources Hall at School of Journalism & Communication
University Appoints Merle A. Hinrichs to International Advisory Board
BEIJING, Nov. 28, 2007 – In a groundbreaking move to advance the study of global business journalism in China, Tsinghua University and Global Sources (NASDAQ: GSOL) ( opened the Global Sources Hall at the School of Journalism and Communication.

The University has appointed Global Sources' Chairman and CEO, Merle A. Hinrichs, to its International Advisory Board.

Other members of the board include:

  • Professor Seymour Topping, Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism; Former Editor, New York Times
  • Professor Gu Binglin, President, Tsinghua University
  • Hugo de Burgh, Professor and Dean, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster
  • Serge Dumont, Senior Vice President and President of Asia Pacific, Omnicom Group Inc.
  • Kuok Khoon Ean, Chairman, South China Morning Post Group Ltd; Director, Kuok (Singapore) Ltd. and Kerry Holdings Ltd.
  • Niall FitzGerald, Chairman, Reuters
  • James F. Hoge, Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Affairs
  • Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Ryoki Sugita, President and CEO, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Nikkei)
  • Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg News
  • Professor Shunya Yoshimi, University of Tokyo
  • Miles Young, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific
  • Raymundo A. Yu Jr., Asian-Pacific Chairman, Merrill Lynch & Co.
  • Professor Yassen N. Zassoursky, Moscow University

Hinrichs said: "We dedicate the Global Sources Hall to the students, faculty and knowledge-seeking people worldwide in support of the lofty ideals, the practical, real-world objectives and the visionary spirit which the Masters in Global Business Journalism program embodies."

Tsinghua University's Executive Dean of School of Journalism and Communication, Professor Li Xiguang, said: "We truly appreciate Global Sources' generosity and great support for this unique program. The Global Sources Hall is beautiful, and it is perfectly fitting that its inaugural international event has drawn together leading minds in the academic and private sector to address topics that are critical to advance China's aims in the global context."

Other leading companies lending support to the school include Omnicom, Bloomberg, Knight Foundation and Merrill Lynch.

Hinrichs is also scheduled to speak at the China Market and World Economy session at the Business Media & Global Economy Forum to be held on Nov. 29 in Tsinghua University.

Hinrichs said: "It is my belief – and that of Global Sources – that by providing robust channels of business information, we promote sustainable prosperity and advance world peace.

"In China, we've provided training courses to more than ten thousand exporters on how to sell to international markets. Through our Chief Executive China magazine and website, we equip hundreds of thousands of business leaders with progressive management techniques tailored to the Chinese business context.

"Like all effective, sustainable corporate social responsibility programs, these initiatives support our core business and advance our core beliefs. Working with Tsinghua University is a win-win-win proposition for the university, Global Sources and society."

Global Sources has been actively engaged with corporate social responsibility initiatives for decades. In addition to the Tsinghua University program, Global Sources is also engaged with the Hong Kong Baptist University; China Europe International Business School; Peking University; and extensive training and export promotion initiatives in China and across Asia.

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