The IEEE Board of Directors held its first meeting of the year a week ago in Hong Kong, and used the opportunity to focus intently on our presence and future in the Asia-Pacific region, what we call IEEE Region 10. Region 10 is our largest region by membership, with over 97,000 members, or 23% of the total. It includes several of the countries where our membership is growing fastest. And it is our second largest region, by area.
We heard updates from each of our four national/regional offices — in Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, and Bangalore — and gathered the perspectives of other experts from Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, China, India, and Singapore. In the days before the board meeting, we also took the opportunity to visit two companies, a government office, and a technology park in Shenzhen, China, and a university and research park in Hong Kong. IEEE is rapidly becoming more global, and the Board is convinced that Region 10 will continue to be an important part of that trend.
While in Hong Kong, we also helped the IEEE Hong Kong Section celebrate its 40th anniversary with a large banquet and ceremony, and were present for the establishment of the first IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society outside of the United States (see subsequent posts).
Update: See press release covering our activities in Hong Kong.