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Borgia Goes to China on Fulbright; Represents FGCU, Southwest Florida Business

FORT MYERS, FL - All the tea in China won’t keep Dan Borgia away this August when he embarks on a 10-month stay in the country as a Fulbright Scholar at Nanjing University, one of China’s top five universities.

Borgia, an associate professor of Finance at Florida Gulf Coast University, plans to use his time in China to further Southwest Florida’s business interests in the country in addition to conducting research and teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses until June 2003.

One of Borgia’s objectives is to be an ambassador representing the business world of Southwest Florida to Chinese businesses and business associations. Borgia thinks China’s recent admittance to the World Trade Organization will further the already rapid pace of development in the country. “There’s lots of opportunity for trade and investment,” he said.

In addition, Borgia says he is hopeful any cooperative agreements between FGCU and Nanjing University could take the form of a formal exchange and degree program, such as the one Nanjing already has with Johns Hopkins University. Collaboration and research with colleagues at FGCU and Nanjing will help.

“Johns Hopkins University has a very strong presence at Nanjing University,” he said. “They have a student-faculty international exchange program and even have a building on campus. One of my goals is to try to establish some sort of partnership with Johns Hopkins and/or Nanjing University for our students and/or faculty. This presents tremendous opportunities for studying a variety of areas, particularly in business and especially in finance.”

FGCU hired Borgia in 1993 as part of the original University faculty. Borgia’s College of Business colleague, Alico Chair in Finance Howard Finch, told him Fulbright study is a “career-changing and career-accelerating event.” Borgia says it all depends on what you do with it.

“I am positive that it will enrich me in ways that I can’t fully appreciate. But I hope to use it as a tool to benefit me and my family, my students, FGCU, and the business community.” Borgia will travel to China with his wife, Li Huan, a native of China, and their son, Nico.

Borgia also plans to film a documentary while in China, concentrating on various cultural aspects and the business environment. “I could produce a 10-part series focusing only on the food!” Borgia said.

The University is located in the city of Nanjing, the capital of China for many centuries, which suffered a brutal massacre in 1937 by the Japanese Imperial Army. The city lies on the Yangtze River and has about 6 million inhabitants.

The United States established the Fulbright Program in 1946 as the flagship program for international education exchange. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, annually chooses only 800 U.S. faculty members from all disciplines to participate. Borgia is one of only about 200 professors from around the country traveling to Asia.

For more information, contact Borgia at (941) 590-7371 or

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