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The 10th Women’s Symposium
Monday, May 16 – From the 13th to the 15th of May, 2016, Sias International University hosted its 10th Women’s Symposium. It was organized by the World Academy for the Future of Women, and Jerrie Ueberle, President and Owner of Global Interactions, Inc.
Guests were from a wide range of fields including government, business, and academia. They included Senior Scientist for Global Sustainable Development and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Arizona State University, Marek Wosinski; Assistant Professor of Early Childhood & Special Needs Education at Singapore’s National Institute of Education, Zachary Walker; President of Hyrdrocolloids Division, DSM (China), Gong Xiangwei; Director of Henan’s Provincial Department of Culture, Yang Liping; Deputy Chairman of Henan's Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Miao Shuqun; and President of Shanghai Municipal Women's Association, Li Rong. The Sias hierarchy was also present with Chairman of the Board of Sias, Dr. Shawn Chen; Sias Party Secretary, Fei Hexiang; and Sias President, Dr. Chen Sikun.
Over 30 Chinese and foreign guests spoke at the many forums, and students from over 10 Chinese universities attended the Symposium. The opening ceremony was presided over by Sias President, Dr. Chen Sikun.
Dr. Shawn Chen delivered the keynote speech and spoke of the purpose of the Symposium and the reason it was founded 10 years ago. He reminded people that over the years, the Symposium had brought a large number of experts to Sias to motivate, guide, and share their experiences with students. Following this, there were speeches by Jerrie Ueberle, Li Rong, Yang Liping, Gong Xiangwei, Miao Shuqun, and Marek Wosinski.
In an interview with the media, Dr. Chen said that the Women’s Symposium was one of the major initiatives that Sias has taken to promote and accelerate the progress of female students so that they would fully tap their potential and explore the entirety of their life goals. It was also to create awareness for all students about fairness, equality, health, serving the community, the country, and contributing to the betterment of the world.
At the closing ceremony on the 15th of May, Sias Party Secretary spoke of the growth, contribution, and far reaching effect of the Women’s Symposium. This was followed by a speech by Zachary Walker. Scholarship awards were then presented to some students, and the event was formally closed by Jerrie Ueberle.
Across the 3 days of the Women’s Symposium, there were a total of 46 lectures delivered. The event was covered and praised by Zhengzhou Radio for giving a voice to women’s issues, and promoting female leadership and self-development.
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