then, “We decided to get the women together to make a product and actually sell it,”
says Teeple. Volunteers with “backgrounds
in fashion design, pattern making, etc., developed a pattern we could use, and set up
the traditional production line, like a little
factory for clothing.” Participants first learn
to sew and then may choose to apprentice
to become one of the World Tailors that
produce aprons for sale. The aprons are
available online for adults and children
“Many of our women don’t speak English. They don’t have much time. They
need something that’s meaningful and the
opportunity to just get together with other
women,” says Teeple. Graphic artists, accountants, bookkeepers, and sales and marketing specialists also mentor the women.
“Everyone who is helping with this loves
what they do and they love the women. Our
involvement is very minimal. The more we
can hand over to them, the better it is.”
The New Life Resource Centre is an
outreach of North Park Community
Church, and strives to meet the needs
of the nearby disadvantaged neighbourhood, where many families are recent arrivals from locales as diverse as refugee
camps in the mountains of Nepal to cities
in South Korea. FT –Michelle Zarins
girls who had
Trinity Western University’s (TWU) strong international relations and solid reputation in business are making a global impact in China. TWU recently launched its international master of business administration program
(iMBA) at Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (TUFE), in Tianjin, China,
about 150 kilometres from Beijing.
TWU hosted The Great Wall MBA launch reception in Tianjin on Oct. 17 at the
“We are capitalizing on the strengths of both institutions. TUFE is ranked
highly in finance and economics, and we have many of the core competen-cies,” says T WU MBA program director Murray Mac Tavish. “Trinity already has
a global presence and we are expanding our reach. This is a chance for us to
continue to do that through our high-quality MBA program.
“I hope we can have an impact in the business community in China that will
cascade to other organizations,” he says, adding the iMBA program will build
on existing connections between business leaders in Tianjin and Canada to
encourage the exchange and development of ideas and opportunities.
The 18-month iMBA program mirrors T WU’s domestic MBA program, which
draws students from all over the world to its Langley, B.C., campus and emphasizes ethical business practices.
And like T WU’s MBA program, the iMBA involves weekend courses every
four to six weeks, which accommodates students who work full-time or travel
from outside Tianjin.
While some of the pre- and post-course work involves online learning, TWU
faculty will go to China for two-week periods to teach the iMBA courses in
person. The small class sizes and personal interaction with faculty in an English-language setting are attractive to students. Chinese classrooms typically have
60 to 80 students, whereas the iMBA program has capped its class size at 35.
“We utilize a more Western approach to learning, and students are very
eager to have this,” Mac Tavish says of the student-centred approach.
Classrooms comprise Chinese businesspeople, executives, middle managers and new graduates.
“It’s really across the spectrum and it creates an interesting and dynamic
mix. We have interesting discussions in class that put forth new ideas and perspectives of business in a Chinese context,” Mac Tavish says.
Twenty-four students enrolled in the first cohort of classes, which started in
September, and up to 30 are expected to sign up for the second cohort in January.
Students who graduate from the iMBA program will receive an internation-
ally recognized degree. FT –Renée Joette Friesen
Trinity Western Launches business
Program in China
murray macTavish (second from right) meets with Chinese
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