SPRINGFIELD — On Friday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Western New England University (WNEU), in partnership with Global Corporate College and Massachusetts Community Colleges, will host a delegation of 20 senior business representatives from the equivalent of Fortune 500 companies owned by the Chinese government.
The delegation is in the U.S. for a short-term professional-development program aiming to highlight best practices, showcase new innovation, and share insights on industry trends. The participants are primarily from technical industries, with delegates from companies representing coal, petroleum, heavy equipment, and auto manufacturing.
Chinese-owned CRRC USA Rail Corp., a subsidiary of the world’s largest manufacturer of railroad cars and locomotives, arranged the visit to WNEU’s College of Engineering.
“We plan to discuss our current partnership with CRRC in terms of workforce development, internships, and professional development of future CRRC employees, among other topics,” explained S. Hossein Cheraghi, dean of Western New England University College of Engineering. The Chinese executives, along with representatives from Massachusetts Community Colleges, will tour the engineering labs, meet with faculty, and discuss the university’s partnership with CRRC USA Rail Corp.
The business delegates’ visit to WNEU is the last of their trip before returning to China.