Friday, 24 July 2009
This week, the ECU community welcomed the US Consul General to Western Australia, Dr Kenneth Chern, to the Bunbury Campus to present a free public lecture entitled Australia, USA, China and the South West of Western Australia: The Future.
Dr Chern spoke about about US-Australian relations, and how the associated challenges and opportunities might relate to the South West region.
Dr Chern was welcomed by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, and Mr Don Punch, Chief Executive Officer of the South West Development Commission.
The large audience included many business, industry, municipal and community leaders, including the Chancellor of ECU, Dr Hendy Cowan, the Chair of the ECU South West Advisory Board, Mr Simon Holthouse, staff and students from ECU and members of the local community.
Drawing on his extensive experience throughout Asia and the Pacific, as well as at the US Department of State in Washington D.C., Dr Chern argued that the modern world involves interactions and negotiations that can become complex and turbulent due to the great cultural diversity around the world.
Dr Chern went on to say that different power groups have significantly different ways of doing business, and different ways of resolving disputes through their legal processes.
He added that it is important for all of us, wherever we sit within this diverse world, to be empathetic of the views of others.
ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said it was a pleasure to welcome Dr Chern to ECU’s South West Campus, and that he was certain that all who attended woudl have gained a new insight into regional and cultural issues, as well as some of the implications of our interconnected and interdependent world.