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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Alumni’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Shines at Annual Work Conference in Nanjing

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April 13-16, 2017. Nanjing – “Besides global rankings and research output, alumni accomplishments are integral to a business school’s success,” said CEIBS President Professor Li Mingjun. He was giving the welcome address at the Third CEIBS Alumni Association Council Preparation Meeting held in Nanjing on April 14. The meeting was just one in a series of events that made up the CEIBS Alumni Association Working Conference 2017 that brought 180 alumni and school leaders to the Yangtze River Delta city from April 13 to 16. They gathered to recognise alumni’s contributions to the school’s development and explore new ways to strengthen the synergy between the school and its various alumni organisations.

The CEIBS Alumni Chapter Nanjing helped organise the main conference and related events held over the three days. Many of these activities provided participants with opportunities for continued learning, a key component at most of the school’s alumni gatherings. In fact CEIBS alumni have made a significant contribution to the school’s efforts at knowledge creation, as noted by President Li in his address. For example over half the case studies that the school has contributed to the Global Platform of China Cases have been based on the management practices of CEIBS alumni companies. 

Global Footprint

CEIBS President Li Mingjun

Over the years, the school has worked closely with its graduates and one core element of CEIBS’ strategy is to provide support for alumni companies as they go global. As he officially opened CEIBS Alumni Association Annual Working Conference 2017 on April 15, President Li, who is also CEIBS Alumni Association President, spoke about how China has become a leading voice in globalisation, and the new challenges and opportunities this poses for business schools and their alumni. He also highlighted CEIBS’ many development milestones in 2016 and said the school is looking, in its new Five-Year Plan, for ways to heighten the role its alumni play. President Li added that he believed the conference would help build consensus and create a community in which the school and its alumni share a sense of purpose towards future development.

Vice Mayor of Nanjing Mr Huang Lan

CEIBS alumni are already making a difference across the globe as well as in China. In his keynote address at the Conference, the Vice Mayor of Nanjing Mr Huang Lan spoke about his appreciation for the talents of CEIBS alumni, saying he hopes there will be more opportunities for exchange and cooperation between alumni and the city. Nanjing’s GDP exceeded RMB 1 trillion in 2016, ranking it at 11th in the country, he noted, as it works towards meeting its targeted contributions to China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.

CEIBS Assistant President and Management Committee Member Dr Snow Zhou

CEIBS Assistant President and Management Committee Member Dr Snow Zhou told the gathering that finding ways to further tap the potential of the school’s alumni, to keep pace with today’s rapid globalisation, will be the challenge for the future. He noted that the world’s best business schools all utilise a five-link theory: faculty, students, alumni, resources and branding. CEIBS’ alumni network – with more than 19,000 alumni from 85 counties and regions – and its strong alumni organisations already have a solid foundation, he said.

CEIBS Vice President and Co-Dean Prof Zhang Weijiong

This topic of globalisation was also touched on by CEIBS Vice President and Co-Dean Prof Zhang Weijiong who noted that it was because of alumni support that the school was able to establish its European base in Zurich. He also spoke about the series of alumni study tours the school held in Europe to explore topics such as Industry 4.0, brand building, and healthcare innovation.

Local Impact

Deputy Director of the CEIBS Alumni Relations Office Ms Tanya Fu​

In addition to their global footprint and noticeable presence in Nanjing, CEIBS alumni have also made a huge impact in other cities across China – and to the school. Deputy Director of the CEIBS Alumni Relations Office Ms Tanya Fu spoke about the contributions that Alumni Association members had made to the CEIBS community in 2016. These include:

- more than 70 alumni sharing their management practices by speaking at the school’s forums;

-1,500 alumni writing recommendation letters in support of programme applicants;

- more than 150 alumni joining the MBA Mentoring Programme as mentors;

- more than 30 alumni participating in the research and development of case studies by CEIBS faculty.

Ms Fu added that, in the year ahead, the CEIBS Alumni Association plans to continue to optimise the alumni information system, and improve services for alumni who live and work abroad. It will also prepare a Report on CEIBS Alumni’s Influence, organise visits to impressive alumni companies, and set up a systematic work exchange mechanism for alumni chapter secretaries general.

CEIBS Third Alumni Association Council President Mr Tian Ming

The three days of events also included an Inauguration Ceremony where members of CEIBS Third Alumni Association Council received certificates of appointment from President Li, and Council President Tian Ming led the members in taking the oath of office. “CEIBS has taught me about entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mr Tian Ming in his address during the ceremony. “Therefore, the CEIBS Alumni Association will be pragmatic and strategic. We will be guided by entrepreneurial spirit as we rebuild our association… Our role is to serve, not seek personal gain, just as we promised in the oath we took.”

The rebuilding work began after the Inauguration Ceremony with alumni gathering in smaller groups to generate ideas for the school and the alumni association. Their selfless dedication has not gone unnoticed. “There will be many difficulties and challenges ahead, but everyone should stick to the CEIBS spirit, unleash their entrepreneurial spirit, focus on the big picture, collaborate with each other, and usher in a new age of alumni work,” said President Li as he officially closed the meeting.