China’s leading business school celebrates 10th anniversary
November 19, 2012

CKGSB looks to the future, with a bold strategy for globalizing and introducing new innovations into management education

Beijing, China, Nov. 13, 2012 – Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on November 22 with a day of events in Beijing for China’s business elite and key influencers from around the world. At its 10-year milestone, the school’s leadership has set forth a plan to expand worldwide, becoming a global leader in business education within the next five years.

A key aspect of the school’s global strategy is partnerships with elite business schools in Europe, the US, Asia and high-growth emerging markets to provide executive-level educational programs. These will be driven by overseas branches already open in Hong Kong, London and New York and planned for next year in Tokyo and Singapore. Insights into the China market and the global implications of China’s transformations made through robust primary research will inform executive curricula and provide unique perspectives on the world’s shifting center of economic gravity.

The school plans to double the size of its 33-member full-time global faculty to build upon the depth of its China research and generate original knowledge on the impact of emerging markets on the global economy.

CKGSB’s China Business Conditions Index (CBCI) is one example of the school’s powerful primary research capabilities. It maps business confidence through monthly direct interviews and surveys of over 200 Chinese business leaders in major public and private sectors.

Renowned for robust analytics and insights into business dynamics by a world-class faculty, GKGSB has become equally recognized for its highly influential alumni network. Combined, the network’s members, including 2,500 CEOs and Chairmen, are responsible for US$1 trillion in annual revenue and represent one fifth of China’s most valuable brands.

CKGSB’s Dean, Dr. Xiang Bing, says of the school’s global plans: “Currently more than half of our Executive MBA enrollees are CEOs or Chairmen and our alumni network includes many of China’s most successful business leaders. We are leveraging our position as the preferred choice of China’s top business leaders to build a new global management education platform, offering cutting-edge China-informed education and training for the global C-suite executives of today and tomorrow. Global executives will benefit from a range of courses with China and regionally specific curricula, for instance with East Asia and emerging marketing focused agendas. The goal is to equip national and international heads with what they need for their distinctive business operations to succeed in and in relation to China.”

The school has assembled a European Advisory Board composed of leadership from key sectors to guide the school’s strategy and extend its global reach. The Advisory Board includes Sir Tom Hunter, Founder, West Coast Capital; Sir Victor Blank, Trade Ambassador, UK Trade and Investment; Malcolm Sweeting, Senior Partner, Clifford Chance; Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover; and Dr. Karl-Ulrich Köhler, CEO, Tata Steel Europe, among others. Similar advisory bodies will be assembled for other priority markets.

The school’s 10th anniversary celebrations on November 22 will bring together members of its high-level alumni network and global community, along with other influential thought leaders from China and around the world. The celebrations will consist of a morning business forum, China and the World and afternoon anniversary ceremony. Scheduled speakers at the anniversary events include members of the school’s advisory board, as well as: Li Ka-shing, Founder, the Li Ka Shing Foundation; Liang Xinjun, Vice Chairman and CEO, Fosun Group; Wei Jianguo, General Secretary, China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) and Former Vice-Minister, Ministry of Commerce, PRC; Xiang Huaicheng, former Minister of Finance, PRC; Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman, 9th and 10th Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress; and Zeng Ming, Chief Strategy Officer, Alibaba Group.

For more information about the school’s history and accomplishments over the past ten years, please visit the special CKGSB Anniversary website.

About Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business:

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), established in 2002, is China’s first non-profit, independent business school. CKGSB is the preferred choice of thousands of China’s most successful business leaders for advanced management education and the preferred choice for business leaders from outside of China who recognize China’s crucial role in their global strategies. In addition to its main campus in the center of Beijing, CKGSB has campuses in Shanghai and Shenzhen and overseas branches in Hong Kong, London and New York. CKGSB offers innovative MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs.

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