Panelists from The Churchill Club on China 2010

Robin Chan – Robin Chan is the Founder and CEO of XPD Media Inc. Venture backed with offices in Beijing and Silicon Valley, XPD is building next generation entertainment platforms.

Previously, Chan was Director of Social Media at Verizon, where he was responsible for multiplatform strategy and business unit expansion. He led business development partnerships for video, social networks, gaming, and virtual worlds.

Linda Chen – Linda Chen is a partner at KPMG.

Jacob Hsu – Mr. Hsu joined Symbio in 1998 and has been instrumental in expanding the company from 40 engineers to over 1000 today. While at Symbio, Mr. Hsu has been involved in all facets of growing the company, having previously served as President, COO, CMO, and having led Symbio’s North American and Japan operations.

Mr. Hsu also guided the development of the Symbio Software Institutes in China, and was one of the founders of Symbio Digital Entertainment, today one of China’s leading game outsourcing companies. Prior to joining Symbio, he was the CEO of Trilogica Technologies, a data aggregation software company, and CEO of Epitome Software, an IT Services Company focused on financial services.

He began his career as an investment banker focused on mergers & acquisitions at Fox-Pitt, Kelton. Named by Chief Executive magazine as one of the world’s Top 12 Young Global Leaders of Tomorrow in 2008, Mr. Hsu is a graduate of Wharton School of Business.

Harry Shum – Former managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, Dr. Harry Shum, a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft now, has taken the new role of leading the Core Search Development of Microsoft.

Dr. Shum is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Computer Vision, and is a Program Chair of the International Conference of Computer Vision (ICCV) 2007.

Dr. Shum has published more than 100 papers in computer vision, computer graphics, pattern recognition, statistical learning, and robotics. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents.

Lip-Bu Tan – Lip-Bu Tan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. He has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since 2004 and serves as a member of the Finance and Technology Committees of the Board.

He also serves as chairman of Walden International, a venture capital firm he founded in 1987. Prior to founding Walden, Tan was Vice President at Chappell & Co. and held management positions at EDS Nuclear and ECHO Energy.

Karen Tucker – Karen Tucker is chief executive of The Churchill Club.

Previously, she served for more than eight years as a senior executive at the Computer History Museum.

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#1 Truth on 11.28.09 at 8:54 am

La Creme de La Creme

Royal College Curepipe
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Royal College Curepipe
Royal Road
Curepipe, Mauritius
School type Public
Motto Terrae Quis Fructus Apertae
Founded 1791
Rector Mrs B. Hafeeza Nabheebucus

The Royal College Curepipe (commonly known as RCC) is a state boys-only secondary school located in the centre of Curepipe, Mauritius. Since its inception, the RCC has produced many eminent figures, such as members of parliament, ministers, doctors, engineers, accountants, executives, lawyers, judges, businessmen and other successful professionals as well as leaders in Mauritius. Of course, it has also produced its fair share of crooks, conmen,murderers and lawyers.The Royal College Curepipe has an air of ancient austerity in comparison with the new town buildings around it. This magnificent building situated in the middle of Curepipe somewhat retraces the history of its country.

Founded in 1791 as ‘Collège National’ for the children of the privileged classes of that area, it is one of the premier secondary schools of Mauritius and was renamed ‘Royal College’ in 1813 by Sir Robert Farquhar, with the permission of George III, the King of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

The RCC is one of the oldest institutions of Mauritius, but although the actual building was completed in 1914, the history of the RCC dates back to 1791. In 1912, the foundation stone of a building resembling a mini Buckingham Palace if you allow your imagination to run wild, was laid in the centre of the town. The Royal College Curepipe has eventually become a secondary school among others, despite remaining successful in moulding many eminent personalities of Mauritius, such as Dr. Maurice Curé, founder of the Mauritian Labour Party; and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam who later succeeded Dr. Curé as leader of that party, and led the country to independence, as well as Sir Gaetan Duval, Navin Ramgoolam, Pravind Jugnauth and Ajay Daby.

In 2001, a complete renovation project of the school infrastructure had started. The project cost a total of 66 million Mauritian rupees and included the construction for a new gymnasium adding to the science laboratories, football pitch, basketball ground and tarmac grounds. The gym hosts facilities for fitness, badminton and table-tennis. Like everything in Mauritius, in 2009 it is still not completed (sounds like the construction of the Sacrada Familia Church in Barcelona) and for reasons which are obvious to the average citizen,it is expected that by the time these renovations are completed, you could have built 3 other new schools with the same amount of rupees.

Africa Almanac listed RCC as one of Africa’s 50 oldest schools. However, in its list of Top Best 100 High Schools in Africa, RCC was nowhere to be found. At Number 71 was RCPL.

Activities and Aims
Over the years, the success at examination results have steadily increased at all levels. Many national scholarships have been obtained by pupils at the RCC. RCC students have developed a strong sense of solidarity among themselves, and have expressed real devotion, affection and concern for their school. Following the educational reform in 2006 when the Labour Party came into power, form 1 students were allowed to enrol at the college.

The main goal of instructors at the RCC is not only to train the students for exams, but to also shape the future of each student who passes through the corridors of the school, to make each one respectable, honorable, exceptional and successful citizens, to ensure that they can stand on their own feet without being dependent, and to also inculcate a sense of humanism and realism and to respect human values and norms, while developing their mental and physical abilities in one of the most prestigious secondary schools in Mauritius. RCC is also known as a laureate-maker. This actually is no great feat. Admission to the school is dependent on being one of the top boys at the primary school exit examinations (the CPE). If a school protected by Governement support and finances cannot make scholars from this cohort of students, it must really be the pits. It is actually said that RCC as a school does not do much for its students. The teaching quality is abysmal or extremely poor. A recent survey conducted by an independent think tank found out that 68.3% of RCC students were taking private tuition at great expense to the parents who expected better from a premier organisation. It is an incredible shame that instead of providing the environment for these bright students to reach greater heights of excellence and performance, what RCC is doing is to sit back and allow mediocrity to crawl in. Several of our so called RCC laureates have been described as struggling in their mediocrity (merde) when they are placed in an enironment like Harvard or Melbourne and are unable to focus or benefit truly from the benefits of a true education, scholarship and the finer points of knowledge and human endeavour. Many are choosing courses which are safe rather than more challenging ones which entail an amount of risk and entrepreneurship. This is the goldfish in a pond syndrome: we are the greatest but in reality there is a whole sea out there.

Should we be surprised that Africa Almanac does not include RCC as one of the top 100 High Schools in Africa. I mean, Africa, not Europe or USA. And that survey was in 2003. Things have gone down the drain since. RCC better wake up.

External links
History of The Royal College Curepipe
Royal College Curepipe, College Portal

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