Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) simultaneously held the first graduation ceremony in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, both online and offline, since the COVID-19 pandemic started, with a record-breaking number of graduates in attendance. 1568 MBA, EMBA and Business Scholars Program graduates from 2020 and 2021 attended. Due to the disruptions caused by lockdown measures, the 2020 graduation ceremony was cancelled. Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization at CKGSB, Xiang Bing and 26 professors attended this momentous event.
Dean Xiang sent his wishes to graduates through a video speech saying, “Congratulations to all graduates! I deeply believe that you, our business elites in China, should and could integrate the knowledge, values and vision you acquired here in your path ahead to create economic and social advancement for the greater good.”
As a research-driven business school, CKGSB values students’ ability to run in-depth and applicable research. At the ceremony, CKGSB Professor of Operations Management Li Lede (Lode) announced the 2020 & 2021 outstanding dissertation award winners. Professor of Finance Huang Chunyan (Jennifer), Associate Dean and Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance Li Haitao, Associate Dean and Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Finance Ouyang Hui, Associate Dean and Professor of Human Resource Management and Economics Wang Yijiang and Professor of Marketing Zhu Rui (Juliet) granted awards to winners and certificates to Dean’s List graduates respectively in three cities.
Graduate representatives from the school’s Business Scholars Program, Executive MBA program and MBA program expressed their gratitude to the school and shared their stories with their fellow classmates during their speech.
Shen Guojun, Founder and Chairman of Yintai Group, representing the Business Scholars Program, shared that “managing a company requires consistent innovation. Managing yourself needs life-long learning.” Ni Da, General Manager of the CH New Energy, an EMBA graduate representative, summarized his experience at CKGSB into a few keywords: business vision, philanthropy, entrepreneurship and sportsmanship. Ni Da said, “During my study here, I was able to connect with fellow classmates who were also excellent business leaders through classes and sports activities. Our seasoned professors enabled us to be more confident in deciphering the global business landscape. We also transformed our mindset to doing well by doing good.” Zhao Zizhou, Founder of AIATOR, represented the MBA program and shared his experience at CKGSB. He said, “A few years ago, my co-founder and I started our company as an internet company and we were having a difficult time. It was Professor Gan Jie, my professor at the MBA program, who analyzed and coached me to successfully transform my company into a smart manufacturing company. I also received opportunities to team up with classmates to create other business opportunities. Now my company has turned from a small studio with only two people to a certified high-tech company. Going forward, I hope to explore the power of technology and contribute to finding solutions to challenges faced by human beings.”
The school also received donations from its Executive MBA graduates, which will be designated as funds to build the school’s Beijing campus. Professor Li Haitao and Professor Wang Yijiang unveiled the total donations of RMB 2.5 million.