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2013.06.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Partners With Union Pacific for China-Nebraska Economics Seminar

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), Omaha's leader in academic excellence and global engagement, is partnering with Union Pacific and the Nebraska Council on Economic Education for a sold-out two-day seminar, featuring Gov. Dave Heineman, for teachers on the connections, economic and otherwise, shared between Nebraska at China.

UNO and Union Pacific have partnered over the last five years on economic seminars for area teachers. This year's seminar was chosen due to the recent trip taken to China by Heineman. Titled “Nebraska & China: Challenges and Opportunities,” the seminar takes place Tuesday, June 11, and Wednesday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at Union Pacific’s downtown Omaha headquarters, 1400 Douglas St.

Featured speakers include Heineman (via video conference); Paul Goodsell and Matt Miller of the Omaha World-Herald; Marisa Ring of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; David Brennerman of Werner Global Logistics; Yongyue Qi from the Omaha Sister City Association; and representatives from UNO, UNMC and UNL.

“Understanding of our relationship with the world’s most populated country and second largest economy is a must,” said Joe Chapuran, international development manager for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and a presenter at the seminar. “China and the U.S. are intertwined in numerous areas including business, food, health care, and education."

"We at the Nebraska Council on Economic Education seek to advance economic literacy in the K-12 age group because we value the impact that a robust education in economics will have for future adults and the UNO Summer Seminar for Teachers is one of our best programs that help us achieve that goal,” said Mark Winkler, general director of budget services at Union Pacific and chair of the executive committee for the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. “The Council is excited for this opportunity to partner with Nebraska teachers to further our mission to build better consumers, investors and more productive members of the workforce."

Topics discussed will include China’s recent economic growth, how to promote business in China, what future economic developments may occur in China and ties between the University of Nebraska system and China, just to name a few.

“Over the last four years, Nebraska had five Chinese companies open up operations in Nebraska and our state’s exports to China have more than doubled during the past five years totaling more than $380 million last year,” Chapuran said. “Teachers and students alike need to comprehend the importance of this growing partnership, and how it will it will affect us all.”

UNO’s Center for Economic Education is jointly supported by the UNO College of Business Administration and UNO College of Education with a mission to improve the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska and Western Iowa citizens by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-12 classes. The UNO Center for Economic Education is a partner of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education and the national Council for Economic Education.

The UNO Center for Economic Education has won a number of university, state and national awards for its efforts in economic literacy. These include the 2011 Outstanding Community Education Leadership Award from Phi Delta Kappa, the 2009 Nebraska Career Development Award, the University of Nebraska Regents Kudos Award in 2004, the National Council on Economic Education Albert Beekhuis Award in 2004 and national Leavey Freedom Foundation Award, also in 2004.

Questions and media requests should be directed to Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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