Yiquan Yu President and Founder, China Union Engineering Co., Ltd.
Class Of: 2009
Campus: Nanjing Major: M.B.A.
Improving the lives of people in China drives Yiquan Yu’s (M.B.A. ’09) mission as president and founder of China Union Engineering Co., Ltd., an environmental engineering company with more than 400 employees across 13 branches in China. His business specializes in research and technology used in processing wastewater, water recycling, and eco-restoration.
One of his goals is to tackle China’s water pollution problem. “As an entrepreneur, social responsibility is the most important matter,” Yu says.
His clients include Xiamen University, a campus known for its mountainous backdrop and nearby beach. After swimmers there reported skin infections from polluted water running off the mountains, engineers at China Union Engineering Co. developed a water-recycling treatment process to resolve the issue. Fujian Province’s governor and Xiamen’s mayor honored Yu for his company’s positive impact on their community.
Yu developed his business acumen in NYIT’s M.B.A. program at Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE). The program allowed him to take advantage of NYIT’s worldwide network and career-focused coursework as well as JUFE’s local reputation.
“During my studies at NYIT, what impressed me the most were the global perspectives,” he says. “They have helped to advance my career and broaden my vision.”
In the program, he learned how Fortune 500 companies share innovations, and he began devising ways to apply technological breakthroughs on a local level in China. Yu has put his insights into action by partnering with international firms such as General Electric and with several Chinese universities on research in areas such as biosimulation technology. His next step is to position China Union Engineering Co.
as a resource collaborator for the environmental protection industry.
“If I can resolve environmental problems for my people, I will feel better,” Yu says. “That’s the reason why I’m working hard in this industry.”