UOG School of Business Wraps Up Successful Annual International Conference in Taipei


Guam –  The University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA) recently concluded its most successful-to-date International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology in Taipei, Taiwan (ICBEIT2014Taipei).

The theme of the conference, which was held at the Regent Hotel in Taipei on March 17th and 18th 2014, was “Doing Business in the Global Economy: Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Environments.”

Taking the lead in organizing and chairing this conference was Dr. Maria Claret M. Ruane, UOG Professor of Economics and Resident Development Economist at the UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives, in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Wiens-Tuers of Penn State Altoona’s Division of Business and Public Administration, Dr. Akihiro Noguchi of Nagoya University’s Graduate School of Economics-Economic Research Center and Dr. Michael Angelo A. Cortez of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University-Graduate School of Management.  Co-sponsoring this year’s conference was the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), an accreditation agency for business education, which was represented at the conference by its president, Mr. Dennis Gash.  

[ Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ting Joseph Shih (center) was acknowledged as the Keynote Speaker for the International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology by UOG Interim Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez (right) and SBPA Dean Dr. Annette Taijeron Santos (left)”]

Truly an international conference, each of the two days of the ICBEIT2014Taipei was attended by 80 participants from 23 universities in U.S., China, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Mauritius, Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Guam. By design, the conference series encourages collaborative efforts with multiple universities. Past conference partners have included Alfred University’s College of Business (New York, U.S.A.), Vietnam National University’s Hanoi School of Business and University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and Seoul Women’s University (South Korea).

One highlight of the ICBEIT2014Taipei was the keynote speech by Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Mr. Ambassador Ting Joseph Shih on “Taiwan’s Participation in Regional Economic integration.”  This keynote speech was a result of the collaboration between the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) on Guam under the leadership of Director General Paul Wang and Deputy Director Mike Liu and UOG Interim Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, with support from the SBPA Dean Dr. Annette Taijeron Santos.

Conferences like ICBEIT2014Taipei provide an opportunity for UOG to become more visible internationally by displaying the University’s successes as an academic institution, despite its relatively small size.  This helps elevate UOG’s reputation as a truly excellent university in the Western Pacific.

The ICBEIT2014Taipei highlighted the importance of the global environment in doing businesses, and how UOG can design strategy to strengthen Guam’s regional and global position. “Only by increasing our understanding of Guam’s regional and global position can we fully carry out our mission at UOG as a land-grant institution,” said Dr. Maria Claret Ruane, Conference Chair and UOG Professor of Economics.

ICBEIT2014Taipei also facilitated faculty-student scholarly collaboration as well as gave undergraduate and graduate students the experience of participating as paper writers, presenters and active participants.  There were ten presentations by UOG faculty, one by UOG administrators, three by students in the Professional Master’s in Business Administration program, and seven from the B.S. in Accounting or Business Administration with concentration in Economics and others.

In addition, ICBEIT2014Taipei provided an opportunity for conference papers to be peer reviewed for international journal publication by Allied Academies in North Carolina.  The peer review process ensures that only quality papers will be published.

The annual international conference series has been successful and high quality events, with more than half of participants returning every year and more than 90% of participants rating the conference as “excellent” or “very good”.  Preliminary indications suggest that participants found the ICBEIT2014Taipei to be the best of the eight years of international conferences.

The ICBEIT2014Taipei was the 8th in a series of annual international conferences which began on Guam in 2007 and had taken place in other Asia-Pacific venues.  Next year’s conference will be held on Guam.

For more information and to download the conference program, visit www.uog.edu or email Dr. Maria Claret Ruane at ruanemcm@yahoo.com.