Latin America’s Top University Values CKGSB’s “Quality and Reputation”
October 1, 2016

57 students from Costa Rica’s INCAE Business school recently completed a five-day program entitled “Doing Business with a Changing China” at CKGSB from September 19-23, which include classes, companies visits and networking activities.

CKGSB’s deep insights into the Chinese economy formed the basis of the China-oriented lectures. With China’s stunning growth over the past three decades attracting worldwide interest, CKGSB Founding Dean Xiang Bing delivered the lecture “China’s Transformation and Its Global Implications” to INCAE students.

The students also heard talks on “Business Modules for Successful Ventures Between East and West” by Associate Professor of Strategic Management Teng Bingsheng, “Inner Leadership: From Self-awareness to Influencing Others” by Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior Zhang Xiaomeng, “Internet Plus in China” by Assistant Professor of Marketing Li Yang, “China’s Outbound Investment” by Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics Li Xiaoyang and “China from a Shareholder & Management Perspective” by IE Prof Eduardo Marcille.

Besides China-oriented classes, INCAE students also had company visits to two leading companies in China: Beijing Mercedes Benz (pictured above) and Perfect World, in which they got a close-up view of China’s business landscape as well as learning opportunities with top Chinese executives.

Since a group of more than 50 EMBA students from NYU Stern were taking their CKGSB China module during the same week, CKGSB also arranged a networking dinner for students from the three schools. One INCAE student commented, “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to spend time with people from NYU and CKGSB. It broadens your scope of how things are really happening and why they are happening. It’s just as important as listening to one of the classes.”

The program again highlights CKGSB’s on-going cooperation with the 62-year old Latin American university INCAE whose alumni network includes more than 13,000 political and business executives. CKGSB and INCAE enjoy great synergies and their respective strengths and knowledge bases are very complimentary.

In fact, INCAE has just been ranked 11th globally in the FT’s EMBA rankings for its “international course experience”, with the FT specifically mentioning CKGSB as one of the reasons for this high score. As INCAE Professor Guillermo Selva remarked, “INCAE chose CKGSB because of the quality, its location, the reputation that it has globally, and the fact that it’s a private business school like us. I think that creates certain synergies because we can understand each other better. I’m pretty sure that we share a lot of values, our desire for excellence and to provide the best education for our students.”

Partnerships such as this are important to CKGSB, as it seeks to broaden its global reach. In addition to INCAE, CKGSB also has partnered with US schools such as Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Cornell, with these cooperations continuing to benefit more and more students around the world, with China only growing in importance for businesses all around the world. As INCAE Professor Arnoldo Camacho said, “The Chinese economy is one of the largest in the world, and we have strong ties with that economy. This advances the possibility to better understand the linkages that we have and transfer that knowledge to our students.”

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