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CKGSB Milestones

CKGSB’s Milestones and History




Li Ka-shing first formalized plans for Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.


Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business was founded and the first intake of 105 EMBA students was enrolled in November.
The first seven world-class professors joined CKGSB as full-time faculty members.
CKGSB’s Beijing campus opened in Tower E3, Oriental Plaza, Chang’an Street, Beijing.


The CKGSB Case Center was established to support professors in teaching and academic research.
The CKGSB MBA program was launched with an intake of 51 students, with average GMAT scores of 680.
CKGSB launched its first executive development program, "Finance for Non-Financial Managers".
CKGSB announced its strategic partnership with Lenovo to conduct research and write case studies.
CKGSB held a forum titled, “Frontier Management Problems”, which toured through eight Chinese cities.


CKGSB opened a location in Shanghai.
The CKGSB Alumni Association was established.
The first issue of CKGSB’s school magazine was published.
The CKGSB EMBA program launched international residency programs in France and Italy.
CKGSB held its first Accounting and Finance Conference in Beijing.
CKGSB became an official member of accrediting body AACSB International.
CKGSB held an entrepreneurs’ roundtable event in Shanghai and Hangzhou.
The EMBA program made its first business trip abroad.


The 2005 CKGSB New Year Forum was held in Sanya.
CKGSB’s EMBA and MBA programs were endorsed by the State Council’s Academic Degrees Committee.

CKGSB held the school’s first EMBA and MBA Graduation Ceremony at the

Great Hall of the People. Over 300 EMBA and MBA students graduated. This became a key annual event thereafter.

CKGSB launched its post-EMBA program.
CKGSB became a member of the Executive MBA Council


CKGSB hosted a Management Forum in Shenzhen.
CKGSB partnered with Wharton and INSEAD to establish its first CEO Program.
CKGSB held the inaugural class of its media management program.
The CKGSB Mini-EMBA program was launched.
CKGSB and Yale University’s School of Management held a joint forum titled “The History of Finance and Markets in China”.
CKGSB won the “Stimulating the Improvement of Business and Education” award at the annual China Management Meeting.


The first CKGSB China-Korea CEO Dialogue brought top CEOs to Shenzhen.
CKGSB partnered with INSEAD to create the inaugural China-India CEO Program in Beijing.
CKGSB established the South Korea CEO Program.
The CKGSB–Western China MBA faculty training program took place in Yunnan.
The Australia-New Zealand chapter of the CKGSB Alumni Association was established in Sydney.
CKGSB held a global forum in Shenzhen titled “Beyond the Blue Sea”.
CKGSB launched an Executive Management training program with IE Business School.


The 2008 East-West MBA All-Star Case Challenge was held in Beijing.
The CKGSB MBA program launched Diversified Consulting Projects.
CKGSB sent groups of volunteers to Sichuan province to support those affected by the May 12 earthquake. Alumni and staff made generous donations for relief and reconstruction efforts, which totaled 429,886,047 RMB in individual and corporate donations, accounting for 7% of all Chinese corporate donations to earthquake victims.
CKGSB won “The Most Respected Entrepreneurial Angel Organization” award launched by Renmin University in China.
CKGSB worked together with the government of Shaanxi to develop a program for talented leaders.


CKGSB launched its Finance MBA program.
The establishment of the 25th branch of Cheung Kong alumni association in Sanya and the 1st “Cheung Kong Charity Fund” was also created.
The first CKGSB China-Japan CEO Forum was held in Beijing. This became a key event that was held annually in Japan. Speakers have included leaders of top companies, such as Muji, Asahi, Mitsui, Shiseido, Nikon, C-trip and Tsingtao Brewery. The event, now titled the China-Japan CEO Roundtable, serves to facilitate a deeper understanding and cooperation between businesses in China and Japan.
CKGSB was awarded China’s Most Trusted Business School by CFO Magazine.
The roundtable forum “MNC’s Chances and Challenges in China” was held in Sanya.
The CKGSB Family Business Management Workshop was held in Shenzhen.


CKGSB launched its China Country Manager Executive Education Program, targeting the CEOs and General Managers of multinational companies in China.
CKGSB was given the “Most Reliable Business School” award by “Top CFOs” magazine.
CKGSB officially confirmed its 38-hectare new settlement in Tongzhou district for its new Beijing campus.
CKGSB and Columbia Business School jointly launched a new Executive Education program, Global Business Strategy: China.
CKGSB opened representative offices in New York and Hong Kong.
CKGSB launched the Red Scarf Children's Library Project (CSR), which built more than 600 libraries in schools of impoverished communities in China and benefited more than 260,000 students.
The CKGSB MBA program launched a unique “China Module,” which adhered to the pulse of the rapidly developing Chinese economy, attracting international business school students interested in the Chinese market to come to Beijing to study for two weeks.
CKGSB won the Business School Gobi Challenge. Students, faculty and staff from the school walked for 112 km on a challenging path.
CKGSB’s Cultural Innovation Club was set up on the Beijing campus.


CKGSB opened a location in Shenzhen.
“Studies of Chinese Ancient Civilization: China's Cultural Foundation”, the first module of post-EMBA humanities curriculum, was launched in Beijing.
CKGSB partnered with the Malaysian government to train senior leaders from ASEAN countries.
CKGSB held the China-UK Business Forum in London, sponsored by the China-Britain Business Council, London and Partners, and UKTI.
CKGSB opened a representative office in London.


CKGSB celebrated its 10th anniversary with a forum that featured Mr. Li Ka-shing and a number of Chinese and global business and thought leaders.
Serving as secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for East Asian Business, CKGSB held the first Global Business Strategy China session in London. This is a body of the UK Parliament that brings together members of the House of Commons and House of Lords with executive leaders, entrepreneurs and related interest groups to facilitate the development of relations between businesses in the UK and East Asia.
CKGSB held its first China-France Business Forum. Speakers included CKGSB Dean Xiang Bing, Chinese Ambassador to France Mr. Deng Li, Vice President of the Senate in France Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Vice Chairman of the Council of Economic Analysis Mr. Christian de Boissieu, and President of Roland Berger Mr. Charles-Edouard Bouee.
CKGSB unveiled a new website,, to serve as a multimedia digital platform for the school’s original research.
CKGSB held its first China-ASEAN Business Forum in Indonesia, which featured speakers such as the Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao, Director General for International Trade Cooperation in Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade Mr. Iman Pambagyo, and Chairman of the Indonesian Chambers of Commerce (KADIN) Mr. Suryo Bambang Sulisto
CKGSB launched the CKGSB Hunter Scholars Program together with The Hunter Foundation.
CKGSB was the sole academic organization to sponsor the 2012 Chinese Bank Summit.


CKGSB launched a series of seminars—CKGSB Dialogue—which featured business and thought leaders on pertinent business topics. They included Former French Minister of Higher Education and Budget Valérie Pécresse, Sir Evelyn and Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Deloitte’s CEO Barry Salzberg, and United Way Worldwide (UWW) President Brian Gallagher.
CKGSB initiated a series of dialogues on culture and the humanities, which featured renowned professor Tu Weiming and ambassadors of Singapore, Turkey and Luxembourg to China, among other guests.
CKGSB launched its first Women in Leadership Forum, which became an annual event. The forum has featured powerful leaders like Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, KPMG’s Asia Pacific COO Geoff Wilson and prominent Chinese TV host Yang Lan.
CKGSB was an official partner for the UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to China, during which it shed light on China-UK trade and economic matters through its faculty and student speakers.
The first “CKGSB Young Investor’s Forum” was held in Shanghai.
RAST’s (Review of Accounting Studies) annual academic seminar was held at CKGSB’s Beijing campus. It was the first time RAST held its annual meeting in Asia.


CKGSB launched its first Dual-Degree EMBA program with IMD. The program is designed for high-potential senior executives who are committed to pursuing a career that leads the way between China and the world. It is unique in bringing together a balance of students, faculty and insights from both the East and the West.
CKGSB served as an official partner to the renowned 15th World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea, where South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye and Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke. In addition, CKGSB hosted its own session at the Forum on China’s M&A trends that featured insights from professor Li Xiaoyang and former TCL Managing Director, who is a CKGSB alumnus, Li Kan.
CKGSB launched its first workshops in Hong Kong, Russia and Singapore, which brought together local executives on pertinent topics, such as China’s Banking Reform, China’s Transformations and Its Global Implications, Innovation (E-Finance/New Business Models/etc.).
For the first time, CKGSB and its faculty’s insights were featured in over 300 original articles by top-tier international media, such as the WSJ, FT, BBC, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fortune and others.
CKGSB initiated a series of seminars with KPMG for the China CEOs of Japanese multinational companies like Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Seven Eleven and the Bank of Japan, which shed light on the hottest business and economic trends in China.
CKGSB launched a Philanthropy Program for its alumni and its first Philanthropy Award.
The 1st CKGSB Taiwan Forum was held.
CKGSB launched its Business Scholars Program (DBA).


CKGSB launched a partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School covering research, events and executive education to address issues of global relevance, such as inclusive growth and sustainability. The first joint forum was held at Harvard in August.
CKGSB launched its first Korean-language Executive MBA program on China business in August.
CKGSB received accreditation from EQUIS, the accreditation arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
CKGSB alumni Yu Liang, Fang Hongbo, Lin Zuoming and Cheng Wei were named among the “Top 10 Economic Figures 2015”. Meanwhile, another alumnus, Ren Quan, was named the “New Prominent Economic Figure of 2015”.
CKGSB launched a philanthropy project “Charitable Fruit - Goji Berry” in Yinhe Village, Gansu Province, which helped to lift those in the local community out of poverty in a dignified way by helping them market and sell their goji berries.
The pioneering Chuang Community was launched at the 5th CKGSB Young Investor’s Forum. At the same time, the Ivy Venture Camp, which was sponsored by the CKGSB Chuang Community and Tencent, was established.
2016 Going beyond business school boundaries, CKGSB partnered with Columbia Engineering to jointly launch the Cheung Kong Innovation Institute, a unique hub for training and educating a new breed of industry and business professionals in the innovation and entrepreneur space.
In July, CKGSB partnered with Harvard Kennedy School for the second time to host the CKGSB-HKS Global Symposium in Beijing. The symposium, which convened over 600 senior executives and opinion leaders, focused on ‘A New Business Civilization’, a new way of thinking, doing and even talking about business that addresses not only the financial value of businesses but the net value they bring to stakeholders, society and the environment.
CKGSB signed an MOU with NYU Shanghai, outlining a strategic cooperation to launch a joint teaching and research center, share educational resources and together recruit professors, combining the two schools’ strengths to better serve business executives and society.
CKGSB Professor of Economics Xu Chenggang was awarded the China Economics Prize—the highest award for Chinese economists—by the National Economic Foundation (NEF).
CKGSB partnered with Committee of 100 to host an event with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, on the US-China-ties in the Trump-Xi era. The event was held in New York just days after Kissinger had met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.