People to People Ambassador Programs, an organization committed to the exchange of cultural and professional information around the world, is organizing a delegation of naval architecture, marine and ocean engineering professionals who will travel to China in July of 2007. Delegates will have the opportunity to exchange technical information with such entities as shipowning and operating companies, shipyards, academic institutions, design agencies, maritime research institutes and other professional societies and will meet with leaders in naval architecture and marine engineering. These exchanges will include extensive discussions on ship design for complex and specialty vessels, ship construction technology
and production techniques, developments in propulsion systems
and developments/applications in class rules for various vessel types/sizes.
The People to People Program provides an opportunity to continue to fulfill that mission. China’s shipbuilding industry is growing rapidly, with 6-18 percent growth in urban areas and ten percent growth overall. Many U.S. maritime companies are already engaged in business with China and others have expressed an interest in learning how they can establish a presence in this emerging market.
Over 12 days, ambassadors will visit Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai, experiencing the culture and heritage of China along
the way. Most importantly, you will gain first-hand knowledge about business practices, opportunities, partnership models and Chinese cultural norms that will be invaluable as you return to your organizations, armed with knowledge that will help you successfully conduct business in China.
Ambassador Programs has been conducting educational programs for professionals in some of the world’s most fascinating destinations for 50 years. The delegations allow professionals to exchange information with their overseas counterparts, while forging the bonds of international friendship. Since People to People Ambassador Programs is a private-citizen effort, delegates are responsible for their own program costs. Delegates often raise funds for their program through employers, sponsorships, scholarships or other means, and Ambassador Programs has information available on their website to assist you in these efforts.