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Friday, September 8, 2017

2017 CEIBS Corporate Advisory Board Meeting

September 8, 2017. Shanghai – The potential impact of artificial intelligence on various industries was among the topics discussed at this year’s CEIBS Corporate Advisory Board meeting which was held today at the Shanghai Campus. The meeting was also an opportunity for school leaders to discuss CEIBS’ recent accomplishments and future plans with 20 senior executives of leading multinational companies.

“With the rapid changes to the global economy, business schools are also facing many changes. CEIBS has worked closely with the business community for many years. Whether it is theoretical research, case studies, case writing or teaching, we need to have more knowledge of recent business practices,” said CEIBS President Professor Li Mingjun in his opening speech. “I believe that a business school should be a platform, not only for teaching, but also to provide more collaboration opportunities between its students and the business community.” He also noted that CEIBS organizes many events throughout the year both in China and abroad to help facilitate this collaboration. This year, for example, the school will hold five forums in Europe.

The CEIBS Corporate Advisory Board meetings themselves are also a platform for collaboration. Not only do they provide the school with valuable strategic advice for its development, participating executives have the opportunity to learn from each other. Today’s meeting was no exception, Bosch Executive Vice President, CFO, and Member of the Board Mr. Henri Catenos shared his thoughts on the potential impact that artificial intelligence may have on industry transition. During the lively discussion that followed his presentation, it was clear that his insights resounded with the other executives in the room, regardless of their industry.

CEIBS Vice President and Co-Dean Professor Zhang Weijiong reaffirmed CEIBS’ commitment to globalisation and providing world-class business management education in his closing speech. The discussions then continued over dinner.

CEIBS’ Corporate Advisory Board is a high-visibility platform that provides senior executives from the school's corporate sponsorship partners with an opportunity to share their views concerning business education in China. As an interface between the school and the business community, the CAB gives on-going advice and feedback to CEIBS on issues such as the school's branding, strategy and fund raising, and ensures that the school's teaching and research activities are closely linked to business practice.