NCC to take long look at China, U.S. ‘iEconomy’ plans

A little China: The globally influential Confucius Institute will deepen its New York collegiate ties with a special event Nov. 6 at Nassau Community College, focused on China and the United States' varying approaching to the iEconomy.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

A day-long event at Nassau Community College will dive deep into the different ways the United States and China approach the data-driven “iEconomy.”

The Garden City-based school’s Confucius Institute of Business has scheduled Digital Leadership in the Data-Driven iEconomy: America’s FANG vs. China’s BAT, to run for 12 hours on Nov. 6, with in-person registration opening at 11 a.m. and a marathon program slated to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Part of NCC’s Chinese Business Series, the event features Ling Zhu, a tenured associate professor of Management Information Systems at LIU Post and the founding director of Post’s Data Analytics and Strategic Business Intelligence Program, discussing how disruptive information technologies and data analytics are transforming global business processes.

The associate professor will also explore how leading Internet-based companies – including Amazon and Google in America and Alibaba and Tencent in China – gain competitive advantages through their powerful data-driven assets.

The Confucius Institute of Business was established in 2010 through a partnership linking the State University of New York system; the Hanban, China-based Confucius Institute; and the Nanjing University of Finance and Economics.

Ling Zhu: Marathon man.

The main mission of the CIB is to integrate the study of Chinese language and culture and to explore ways of connecting regional students to the Chinese and global marketplaces. To that end, the CIB partners with U.S. business and educational leaders to create customized programs that leverage the skills and knowledge required to meet both countries’ business goals.

There are more than 450 regional Confucius Institute programs in the world. But there’s only one Confucius Institute for Business in the SUNY system – in North America, for that matter – and that’s at NCC.

That’s an enormous source of price for Nassau Community College, according to President W. Hubert Keen, who said his school is “extremely pleased” to host the country’s only CIB and to present the Nov. 6 event.

“We look forward to forging a deeper relationship with the CIB to foster a greater understanding of the business needs of China and the United States,” Keen said this week, adding such collaborations can “deepen the ties of commerce and industry between the two countries.”

Professor Steve Levine – the coordinator of NCC’s Confucius Institute of Business and liaison between the Garden City college and the CIB mothership – agreed the shared goal of NCC’s Confucius program and the Nov. 6 event is to “develop synergies between the two countries’ businesses and collaborate on best practices and methodologies.”

Such synergies will “enhance commerce, both locally and globally,” Levine said in a statement.