China MBA trailblazer remains a class act
Among its peers, the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) has something of a “first mover” advantage.
Established in 1994 in Shanghai with its own five-hectare campus in the Pudong district of China’s largest city, the school is a not-for-profit joint venture established under an agreement between China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation (now the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China) and the European Commission.
CEIBS was the first business school on the mainland to receive European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation. It has been ranked in the top 25 business schools by the Financial Times’ annual global business-school survey for eight consecutive years since 2005. It also performs well in other top international rankings.
The first business school in China to have its own campus, CEIBS now has offices and operates programmes in Beijing and Shenzhen, and offers a certificate programme in developing areas of China.
“CEIBS is mainland China’s leading business school, with three programmes globally ranked by the Financial Times,” a spokesman says. “Our mission is to educate responsible leaders versed in ‘China Depth, Global Breadth’. Our vision is to become the most respected international business school by linking East and West in teaching, research and business practice, and by promoting China’s social and economic development through high-impact knowledge creation and dissemination.”
CEIBS’s 2012 MBA Class has 203 students from 20 countries, 36 per cent of whom are from abroad, with women making up one-third of the total.
“We have students from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the wider Asia-Pacific region, the US, Europe and Australia,” the spokesman says. Students have an average of 5.7 years of work experience.
CEIBS offers a full-time MBA that can be completed in 18 months; a part-time Finance MBA; and a part-time Global EMBA targeted at upper-level entrepreneurs and executives. Open-enrolment and company-specific executive-education programmes are also available. An agreement has been signed with the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Spain to launch a PhD programme starting in the 2013-14 academic year.
Kenny Chan, assistant investment manager at UBS SDIC Fund Management Company, enrolled at CEIBS in 2009 and is upbeat about his decision to attend the school.
“CEIBS has strong teaching and academic resources,” he says. “Most of the professors have extensive experience teaching at other leading international business schools, and can bring their global experience to the classroom.
“This is complemented by the ability of CEIBS’s faculty to provide in-depth China knowledge. It has several renowned Chinese economists on the staff who can share their insights.”