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Jesuits have a long history in Southern China. In 1582 Matteo Ricci arrived in Macau as one of the first Jesuit missionaries to China, where he worked until his death in 1610, having gained a mastery of the Chinese language and the trust of the emperor. The Heider College of Business at Creighton University has offered a “Pearl River Delta” travel course to Southern China (where the Pearl River meets the ocean) since 2015. The class helps students understand cross cultural differences – especially in business practices – and to comprehend more clearly the role the cities of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Macau play in the world, particularly in international markets. China plans to increase the Guandong-Hong Kong and Macao regional GDP to $4.62 trillion by 2030, surpassing the Tokyo, New York and San Francisco to become the world’s #1 economic area.



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