On October 10, the opening ceremony of CKGSB MBA has taken place on Beijing campus. Students of class 2019 come from 9 different countries, and today their brand new journey as MBA students officially began. Dr. Li Wei, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of CKGSB MBA, Mr. Zhou Li, Assistant Dean of CKGSB MBA, Mr. Lu Fan, Founder and Chairman of Senscape, EMBA Alumnus of CKGSB and mentor of CKGSB MBA, as well as Zhao Xiaoying, Assistant Director of CKGSB MBA, attended the ceremony and delivered their speeches.
Setting Sail with Hope
At the opening ceremony, the guests delivered speeches respectively, offering salutations to the students of class 2019, and explaining their fervent expectations of the students.
Dr. Li Wei, professor of economics at CKGSB and Associate Dean of MBA Program, dissected the evolution of China’s export trade. He pointed out that China has achieved remarkable developmental results over the past few decades, asserting “Disruption is a key reason for China’s success. We are developing a new MBA Program to cultivate business leaders that will lead next-generation disruptions.”
Zhou Li, Assistant Dean of CKGSB, stated during the ceremony that he hopes the new students of MBA program will remember and practice three fundamental points, which are: “global vision”, “innovative mindset” and “humanistic care”. Dean Zhou stated to the students of class 2019, “You are students, but also stakeholders of our school, so we can jointly create something exciting, something new, and something meaningful, not only to ourselves, but also to society in general”.
Mr. Lu Fan, Founder and Chairman of Senscape, EMBA alumnus of CKGSB, and mentor of MBA students, welcomed the students, and congratulated the students for making a wise decision. He added: “You all have made an excellent decision that you chose CKGSB MBA, chose China. In the past 40 years, China has developed with the highest speed in the world. If you spend the following two years with CK’s world-class faculty finding out what China has done right, I think you will benefit a lot.”
Zhao Xiaoying, Assistant Director of CKGSB MBA program, hopes that the students will make full use of their time and school resources to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.
“During this 14-month program, I truly invite you to seize all the opportunities around you. Engage with our professors, alumni and leading executives you will meet. Build a strong network among your peers. Take the ownership of your study experience to sharpen your mind, skills and knowledge. Develop your strategy for success in the future development of your career, startups and family businesses,” Director Zhao advised.
After the speech, the guests presented school badges to each student, and the incoming class of 2019 officially set sail from there.
Gathering in CKGSB from Throughout the World
Among the new students, foreign students account for 25% of admissions, and students with overseas backgrounds account for 3/4 of the class.
This year’s new students hail from nine countries, including China, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea, and more. At the same time, in 2019, the program admitted new students from Iran and Ethiopia for the first time in its history.
Before entering the school, the neophyte students of 2019 came with an average working experience of 6.3 years. Their backgrounds consist of finance, information technology, energy, government, manufacturing, education, medical, and cultural and creative industries.
Before joining CKGSB, 64% of the 2019 class held bachelor’s degrees and 36% had master’s degrees. They graduated from Yale University, Oxford University, Imperial College London, University of Toronto, Hong Kong University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University and other domestically and internationally renowned universities.
Striding to the Future from CKGSB
The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is based on the original Chinese insights of the world’s leading professors at CKGSB. It invites alumni from the Confucian business community to become entrepreneurial instructors, and it is equipped with an MBA student Career Management Center (CMC). CMC offers a solid foundation and continuous empowerment for students’ future workplace transformation and entrepreneurial innovation spirits. CKGSB MBA program is committed to developing innovative young world leaders with global vision and the ability to integrate international resources. These young leaders view humanistic care and social responsibility as their duties, contributing to humanity and to an emerging modern business culture.
CKGSB has more than 40 full-time professors with distinguished management concepts. Most of them have tenured faculty positions from world-renowned business schools such as Yale University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Wharton School of Business and INSTEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires).
The program integrates cutting-edge perspectives in the new business era, innovative thinking and practical experience from China’s outstanding enterprises. At the same time, it includes China module, overseas module, and international exchange programs to build a global learning platform for students.
This program was designed to help MBA students prepare for career development and transformation. It implements a global curriculum and a combination of China insights, courses with solid business core principles, and in-depth electives with practical value and career development practices.
We believe that the students of class 2019 will be empowered to reach the distance of their dreams through studying and implementation!