Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to Support First Program in Global Business Journalism at Tsinghua University

As China becomes one of the world's largest economies, this innovative

program will provide journalists with the skills needed to cover

international business

Sep 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from International Center for Journalists

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
 has become a sponsor of China's first Global Business Journalism Program
 that launches on September 17 at Tsinghua University. The goal of this
 unique initiative, run by this prestigious university and the International
 Center for Journalists (ICFJ), is to create a new generation of business
 journalists able to produce insightful, balanced coverage of China's
 markets and the global economy.
     Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu joins Merrill Lynch, the John S. and James L.
 Knight Foundation and Bloomberg as the founding sponsors of the program.
 This is a unique partnership between business, media organizations and
     This program will train students in top-quality business, economic and
 financial reporting that is becoming increasingly crucial as China's
 importance in the global economy grows. The curriculum will place special
 emphasis on comparative studies of Chinese and Western companies and
 financial markets. Courses will include analyzing case studies of China's
 corporations, using the Internet to research and develop stories, and
 learning the techniques of multimedia and investigative reporting.
     "We are so pleased to have Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu's support for this
 important program," ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said. "Given the role
 China now plays in the world economy, it is so vital that Chinese
 journalists have the skills they need to cover this rapidly developing
 business landscape. With Deloitte's help, we can also expose the students
 to best practices in accounting as well as other key subjects in the
 increasingly complex world of financial reporting."
     "It's an honor for us to be part of this unique and exciting program
 that will ultimately help build competitiveness and strength in China and
 in the rest of the world," said Chris Lu, National Managing Partner of
 Clients and Markets, Deloitte China. "The media should evolve and grow at
 the same time that a country evolves. As China heads for a more mature and
 sustainable economic environment for both domestic enterprises and foreign
 investors, it is important that journalists provide information that will
 help investors, companies and others make informed decisions. This will
 definitely help businesses take advantage of the growth potential of this
 country, offering more opportunities not only to China, but to the world
     This initiative is part of Deloitte's long-term commitment to China.
 Deloitte China expects to increase its headcount in the country from the
 current 7,000 to 10,000 by 2010.
     The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional
 organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that
 independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition.
 Since 1984, the International Center for Journalists has worked directly
 with more than 40,000 journalists and media managers from 176 countries
 through hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships, international
 exchanges and other media development programs. For further information,
     Tsinghua University is one of China's premier research and teaching
 institutions, with established schools of government, law, business and
 journalism that represent a leading academic force and advocate for
 political and press reform. As a center of top-quality education, Tsinghua
 attracts China's brightest students, providing cutting-edge research and
 career development opportunities. Faculty are frequently called upon to
 provide expertise to public policy makers and national leaders, giving the
 University unequalled access to decision makers. Tsinghua alumni hold key
 positions in China's establishment, and play important roles in the
 country's social and scientific progress. Over 80 percent of Chinese
 leading nuclear scientists and space scientists are Tsinghua graduates.
     Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a Swiss
 Verein, member firms, and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates.
 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is an organization of member firms around the
 world devoted to excellence in providing professional services and advice,
 focused on client service through a global strategy executed locally in
 nearly 140 countries. With access to the deep intellectual capital of
 approximately 150,000 people worldwide, Deloitte delivers services in four
 professional areas--audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory
 services--and serves more than 80 percent of the world's largest companies,
 as well as large national enterprises, public institutions, locally
 important clients, and successful, fast-growing global growth companies.
 Services are not provided by the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Verein, and, for
 regulatory and other reasons, certain member firms do not provide services
 in all four professional areas. As a Swiss Verein (association), neither
 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu nor any of its member firms has any liability for
 each other's acts or omissions. Each of the member firms is a separate and
 independent legal entity operating under the names "Deloitte," "Deloitte &
 Touche," "Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu," or other related names.

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