Over winter break, Cal Poly Packaging Professor and Program Director Jay Singh traveled to China, where he visited premier packaging programs at four universities and met with distinguished professors and administrators to discuss the Cal Poly Packaging Program and to develop international connections for Cal Poly.
After landing in Hong Kong, Singh began his university visits at the Packaging Engineering Research Institute at Jinan University in Zhuhai in the Guangdong province of China. Here, Singh visited the Guangdong Key Laboratory of Packaging and Logistics and also met with Assistant President and Professor Dr. Zhi-Wei Wang to discuss potential scientific research cooperation and student exchange programs between Cal Poly and the university.
Singh then traveled to Beijing, where he visited the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication and met with the university’s vice-chancellors and discussed the opportunity for international cooperation. Following this visit, Singh visited the Tianjin University of Science and Technology and met with the Director of the Department of Packaging Engineering. While in Tianjin, Singh also took advantage of the opportunity to visit the leading packaging testing and research facilities of the China Packaging Research and Test Center (CPRTC).
Finally, to end his university visits, Singh traveled to Waxu in the Jiangsu province and visited the Jiangnan University. During this final visit, Singh gave a presentation titled, “Distribution Environment Measurement and Simulation” to students and faculty and shared ideas with the university’s Dean of Packaging Engineering regarding teaching, training, and research.
Throughout these visits, Singh discussed the Cal Poly Packaging program and worked to develop international academic and research collaborations between Cal Poly and these universities. Through the exchange of information and the discussion of potential academic and research collaboration opportunities, Singh aims to create channels for undergraduate student exchanges, collaborative research projects, and M.S. in Packaging Value Chain opportunities between the universities and Cal Poly.
As packaging supply chains continue to grow in global stature, international connections for the Cal Poly Packaging Program have become more important than ever. Thanks to Jay Singh, Cal Poly’s Packaging Program looks to expand into a Center for Packaging Value Chain in the coming years.
Professor Stern Neill will be on sabbatical during 2015-16 academic year during which he will be a visiting scholar at Yanshan University in Qinhuangdao, China. Afforded to faculty every seven years, sabbatical is an opportunity for reflection and renewal, allowing fulltime pursuit of scholarly activities and instructional innovations and returning to duty with greater insight and vitality. During his sabbatical, Professor Neill will be combining his previous research in entrepreneurial and global marketing by examining entrepreneurship in China. Professor Neill will bring back to the classroom and discipline new thinking on the capabilities that enable innovation and value creation for customers.
At Yanshan University, Professor Neill will be conducting research with senior faculty, while also helping graduate students and new faculty on how to develop research projects. Located in Qinhuangdao City, a coastal city about 190 miles east of Beijing, Yanshan University is similar to Cal Poly in that it is a comprehensive polytechnic but with a student population of about 38,000. The business school offers undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. degrees. We all wish Professor Neill a rewarding sabbatical and eagerly await his return to Cal Poly!