On 11 July 2011, Berkshire signs a memorandum of understanding with the Multimedia Press of the Open University of China at a meeting in Beijing. We have been working towards this agreement since we first met representatives of the Multimedia Press at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair, and it’s exciting to take what I suspect is just the first step in a long, complex collaboration. Even the initial project is huge: we will be providing and developing educational content as part of the creation of “China Panorama ~ A Visual Encyclopedia of China.”
Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on US-China Relations will congratulate the two companies and comment on how such educational cooperation can enhance the relationship between China and the United States. Mr. Liang Xiaoqing, president of Multimedia Press, will talk about China Panorama and I’ll say a few words about the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, which will provide core content for China Panorama.
Here’s some information about our new partners:
Founded in 1988, the Multimedia Press of the Open University of China is a state-level university press for audio-visual products. It engages mainly in the production of audio-visual, electronic, on-line and other multimedia educational programmes as well as their publication and distribution.
Berkshire has long been known for its efforts to provide Chinese perspectives on China and for the great effort it takes to help Chinese scholars communicate effectively with Western readers. This is an important chance for us to work with far more people in China, and for us to support educational activities all over the world. It’s also a wonderful fit with our plans to launch a website/service called China Connect later this year.