On APEC Affairs
Priorities outlined by senior officials of the 21 economies for APEC 2015 are as follows:
Enhance Regional Integration
Members will organize a task force to study issues related to the pursuit of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), Key emphasis of discussion include cooperation to improve customs handling for goods, easing trade and services barriers, strengthening core engines of growth such as local financial institutions and adopting a Global Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Foster Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME)
Another important theme will be to support the development of small and medium enterprises, with strong emphasis on making it easy to do business in the region. APEC’s goal is to improve efficiency by 25% by the end of 2015. A crucial aspect of this effort will be a renewed effort to address corruption and modernize the whole SME sector.
Human Capital Development
There will be a focus on creating more women entrepreneurs and businesses as part of a stronger investment in the large human capital of the region. Support for the women’s business network include training in finances, technology and other professional development. A key component that would impact academia is the effort to create 1 million student exchange opportunities each year among member economies by 2020.
Build sustainable and resilient communities
APEC aims to reduce tariffs, increase renewable energy and bring down carbon emissions. Efforts would also include nurturing stronger communities that are more resilient to natural disasters and health threats.
**APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum headquartered in Singapore. It has 21 member economies.
Summer 2015 Courses
CHIN 325-001 Major Chinese Writers: Focus on Taiwanese writers
Tues/Thurs 7.20pm – 10.00pm
Instructor: Prof. Maria Yang
The course will present an overall picture of Taiwanese literature and its social value since the 17th century and also provide a general introduction to Taiwanese history and current society. Through understanding Taiwanese society and culture, students will grasp concrete appreciation of the literary works which reflect the writers’ inner voice during the different political ruling regimes.
The course will cover several topics for discussion in the class, such as, race, identity, political voice and cultural differences through reading literary works by many selected Taiwanese writers.
RELI 212-01 Religions of Asia
MWF 3.45pm – 6.45pm
Instructor: To be Advised
This course surveys the religions of India, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and the religions of the Far East, China, and Japan, including Daosim, Confucianism, Shinto, from origins to present. This course satisfies General Education requirement for global understanding..
Who We Are
CAPEC is an informal network of faculty, staff, students, university partners, and community friends committed to advance economic, cultural and social understanding of the Asia-Pacific economies through education and practice for the Mason community.
We provide service to the university by supporting curricula and research development, promoting exchange activities and cross-cultural events, providing student mentoring, and building partnerships.
- Nurture student research in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Use interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to engage internal and external partners.
- Increase knowledge of East Asian cultures and societies among scholars and non-academics.
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