UND's Kennedy attending meetings in China, Japan
UND President Mark Kennedy is making a trip to Asia this week to meet with leaders from oil and gas industries in China and to speak with other global leaders at a conference in Japan.
Kennedy is set to spend a few days in China before flying to Tokyo on Oct. 9 for the G1 Global Conference. Kennedy will return to the United States on Monday. Kennedy departed for the trip over the weekend, Meloney Linder, UND vice president for marketing & communications, confirmed Monday.
Kennedy is traveling to China at the request of petroleum engineering department chair Vamegh Rasouli to meet with a delegation from Sinopec, Linder said. Sinopec is a Chinese oil and gas enterprise based in Beijing.
After leaving China, Kennedy is scheduled to attend the G1 Global Conference on Sunday at the GLOBIS University in Tokyo. The event is an annual conference in Japan that brings together global and regional leaders.
According to a program overview, Kennedy is scheduled to be on a panel discussing the current social and political environment in the U.S., and in particular how those "fractures" may be impacted by the upcoming midterm elections in November. The panel will include other American speakers.
He is also scheduled to be on a panel that will discuss trade deals with the European Union, China and NAFTA. The panel is set to ask questions about whether a trade war is inevitable or if it has already started, and what that trade war could look like. The panel will also explore what a Japan-led TPP would look like and the potential implications of that. The panel will include Kennedy, as well as a delegate from the European Union and a professor from a Chinese university.
Linder said the UND College of Engineering and Mines is covering the president's hotel stay, flight to Japan from China, meals and taxi for the trip. The G1 Global Conference is covering the president's other flights.