Forbes Korea, one of the most prestigious business magazines in South Korea, published an article in its March issue that introduces various programs and unrivalled alumni network of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB).
Established in Beijing in November 2002 with support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the school is China’s first faculty-governed, non-profit business school. CKGSB has developed into a prominent business school with more than 40 full-time professors, who have earned their PhDs or held tenured faculty positions at leading business schools such as Harvard, Wharton and Yale. The school is offering following distinctive courses: MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA), Business Scholars Program (DBA), and Executive Education programs.
In particular, CKGSB stands apart for its unmatched alumni network. More than half of CKGSB’s 10,000+ alumni are at the CEO or Chairman level, and more than 20 brands among China’s most valuable 100 brands are led by CKGSB alumni. Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba Group, joined CKGSB in 2006 and participated in China CEO program. Chen Yidan, co-founder of Tencent, and Cheng Wei of Didi Chuxing attended DBA course. Zhou Hongyi; CEO of the Chinese internet company Qihoo 360, Sun Yiping; CEO of Mengniu Group, and Liang Xinjun; Former Vice Chairman and CEO of Fosun Group are alumni of CKGSB as well.
As for Korean alumni, Sang-Heon Kim, Senior Advisor of Naver, Young-su Shin, CEO of Dongwon Homefood, Kook-Hyun Moon, CEO of New Paradigm Institute, and Han-Kyun Kim, CEO of Costory participated in ‘CKGSB EMBA on China Business: A program for Korean Leaders (referred to as CKGSB’s Korean EMBA)’, an education program for business leaders to step into the Chinese market.
Upon the start of MBA course, students build the foundation for core business knowledge during the first 28 weeks. They broaden business insights by visiting China and New York for the following 5 weeks and apply the knowledge they gained, putting theory into practice during the next 5 weeks. For the last 18 weeks of the course, students strengthen specific business expertise as well, along with strategies to find a new job. Students also share technology, information, and alternatives needed in the initial stage of establishing a company. U.S. Module – conducted for three weeks at Columbia University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University – is one of the highly acclaimed programs of the course. In addition, as a mandatory program, students must visit industries’ leading companies such as Google, LinkedIn, Intel, Microsoft, and Airbnb.
MBA students are provided with ample opportunities to expand their business network through the mentoring program. DBA and EMBA alumni, who are experienced business experts, mostly participate as mentors, and mentees gain advice regarding their career. Mentors and mentees not only share information but also build the long-term relationship to look into further business opportunities. Chen Yidan of Tencent and Feng Lun of Vantone Group are notable mentors of the program.
To read the original Korean article in Forbes Korea, please click here.