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Saturday, March 11, 2017

CEIBS welcomes MBA12 alumni back to Campus

March 11, 2017. Shanghai – Friendships were renewed and accomplishments shared at the CEIBS MBA2012 Class Reunion today, which brought more than 100 of the cohort back to the Shanghai Campus, where they received a warm welcome from school leaders and faculty.

The day’s guest speaker, shared with a group of Global EMBA alumni, Emmy Award-winning writer Scott Halford, lived up to his reputation as an inductee of the US National Speaker Hall of Fame, a lifetime designation that includes recipients such as Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell and Zig Ziglar. Halford presented complex concepts of neuroscience in easily understandable terms that alumni can apply to their professional lives, careers, and personal development. Audience participation was frequent and lively throughout his fascinating lecture on how the brain works."It is vital to figure out what is important to us and stick to it every day. We can achieve a more fulfilled, successful life and career if we simply understand how to activate the full potential of the brain," said Halford.

During his lecture, he took a comprehensive look at how to keep our brains active and focused, as well as how to thrive professionally and personally. He discussed ideas such as the futility of multi-tasking, sleep patterns, healthy eating, and the effects of stress on the brain.

Later, the MBA 12 batch enjoyed exclusive time amongst them. In his welcome speech, Associate Dean and MBA Programme Director Chen Shimin updated the alumni on the many milestones the school and the programme have achieved during the past three years. These include the new campus in Europe and the eLab, which is helping CEIBS entrepreneurs advance their start-up ventures, as well as numerous events and programmes which focus on leadership and entrepreneurship. Prof. Chen also shared the good news that the CEIBS MBA Programme has moved up six places, to #11, in the Financial Times 2017 ranking of global business schools, regaining its position as # 1 in Asia. He encouraged the alumni to remain actively connected to the CEIBS community and to support the MBA programme.

One way they can do that is through the CEIBS-Di Shui Quan (滴水泉) project which launched in October 2016. Vice President and Dean Professor Ding Yuan introduced the alumni to this fintech initiative, which was jointly established by CEIBS alumni company Noah Holdings and its subsidiary, the internet finance company Cai Fu Pai, to support MBA students. The project complements the school’s existing scholarship system by establishing a mobile internet platform where CEIBS alumni can donate funds that will help provide tuition support for MBA students. Many MBA2012 alumni took the opportunity to make a donation to the programme on the spot by scanning its QR code when it was shared during the Dean’s presentation. Dean Ding also elaborated on the school’s new 1+1 Lecture series and some of the challenges and opportunities, both in China and abroad that business leaders are now grappling with.

The alumni also heard from their classmates Ran YI, Kohta SATAKE, Roland XING and David GAO, who shared some of their experiences since graduation. Several classmates now working and living around the world that were unable to attend the reunion sent video messages to share their news and best wishes. Some faculty, including Professor of Marketing Lydia Price, Professor of Economics and Finance Xu Bin, Professor of Marketing Jeongwen Chiang, Professor of Entrepreneurship Rama Velamuri, Associate Professor of Finance Frank Yu, Associate Professor of Strategy Weiru Chen, and Associate Professor of Management Daniel Han Ming Chng also sent best wishes to the class via video.

MBA2018 William Chang
Janine M. Coughlin