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Friday, October 13, 2017

CEIBS Welcomes Global Executive MBA Class of 2017

October 12, 2017. Shanghai – CEIBS today welcomed the new Global EMBA 2017 cohort,  60 global business elites who have committed to a 20-month learning journey starting this week. Diversity is a key pillar of the CEIBS Global EMBA programme, and with a glance at the incoming class this immediately rings true. Participants come from 15 different countries around the world, with nearly 40% of them from outside China. This gives a truly international feel to the programme. The diversity is further enhanced with 24 female classmates, in addition to the myriad professional backgrounds.

Global EMBA is the flagship international programme at CEIBS. In addition to this Shanghai cohort, the programme also has a cohort based at CEIBS’ Zurich Campus. The two cohorts share the same world-class course design and faculty resources, while students from both cohorts come together for elective modules which take place in seven locations across five continents. Last month, the Zurich cohort welcomed its new participants for their opening module. Together with the Shanghai cohort, nearly 90 business leaders have begun their Global EMBA journey this year.

In Shanghai today, CEIBS President Pedro Nueno congratulated the class on being a perfect illustration of the CEIBS global network, while encouraging them to think deeply about the question of how to be global business leaders in a fast-changing world.

In keeping with CEIBS’ positioning of delivering China Depth and Global Breadth, the Global EMBA balances its international perspective with a very strong China component. One of the highlights of the recent programme development is the growing number of students from Chinese private companies, making up about 20% of the cohort. With continued focus on the Belt and Road Initiative, and growing opportunities in the global market, more and more Chinese private firms are seeking to make their mark overseas. This globalisation of Chinese companies is driving demand for globally-minded Chinese executives with more international business networks. With its diverse participants and modules available in 11 cities worldwide, the Global EMBA programme is serving this need among executives from Chinese private companies.

Meanwhile, diversity among the students extends beyond nationality. Programme participants come from a variety of key industries, including Healthcare/Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Manufacturing and Professional Services. The members of the cohort also have a wide range of functional experience among them. The result is a vibrant classroom dynamic of experienced and high-achieving executives. 

Associate Dean and Director of GEMBA Professor Nikos Tsikriktsis welcomed the new cohort and threw down the gauntlet for them to grasp this unique opportunity as they embark on their 20-month journey.

The opening module will take place over the next five days, with a focus on Leadership and Team Building, led by Professor Jack Wood. It is designed to be more than an academic experience. Participants will engage in self-reflection, including an assessment of their leadership skills. Professor Wood, who has a background in psychology and 5 years’ experience in the US Air Force, has designed the module specifically for Global Executive MBA students. Each year, he invites leadership consultants from all over the world to assist in teaching this module, which guides students through a reconstruction of the concept of leadership. This is achieved through a range of activities, such as outdoor teamwork sessions and 1 to 1 coaching sessions. By the end of the module, participants should have a clearer understanding of what kind of leader they are, knowledge that is a vital building block for the next 20 months of study and personal development. 

Marcel Austin-Martin
Charmaine N. Clarke