National University

Faculty Member Invited to China as Visiting Scholar

Iraj Mahdavi lectures on business ethics in Guanzhou

SOBM faculty member Iraj Mahdavi, Ph.D. traveled to Guangzhou, China last November as a visiting scholar at Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University, which underwrote the trip and paid for all accommodations.

Dr. Mahdavi, an associate professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, was invited to teach business ethics to undergraduate students and lecture on issues such as corporate responsibility and pay inequity. He said that he filled the college's largest auditorium.

"I was enthusiastically received," said Dr. Mahdavi. "Students, faculty and administrators welcomed me warmly and were appreciative of my coming there." He added that the students had many questions about topics such as the stock market, trade issues and intellectual property.

It was Dr. Mahdavi's first ever visit to China, and he was able to sight see and take guided tours of the region on the last few days of his trip. On the final day of class, the students at Nanfang College held a dinner in his honor and presented him with a gift.

Nanfang College was established as an independent institution with approval from the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. It provides full-time study for Bachelor's degrees in 17 different majors on a 165-acre campus. In addition to cooperating with universities in the United States, Nanfang College enjoys ties with institutions of higher education in Britain, Switzerland and other nations as well.