CEIBS alumni have a new meeting place in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone. A café, Harmony Space, which was funded by contributions from 200 CEIBS alumni, opened its doors on October 15 with a ceremony that was attended by school leaders, faculty and alumni. They were joined by Chairman of Beijing 798 Cultural Creative Industry Investment Company Wang Yanling and the café’s designer Leng Yanming.
President of Harmony Space Li Dandan thanked CEIBS, the 798 Art Zone Management Committee and Seven Star Group for supporting the project, and the Executive Committee of CEIBS alumni that worked hard to get the project off the ground. In addition to Li Dandan, committee members Sun Xuefeng, Zheng Delin, Zhang Rongyao, Xu Ying, and Chi Jingchao were in attendance, as were CEIBS alumni representatives Chen Hui, Liu Peihu and Lv Hongli who initiated the café project. It is hoped that Harmony Space will not only be a new meeting point for CEIBS alumni, but also a learning place for them, Li Dandan said.
Santander Chair in Economics and Finance Professor Xu Xiaonian lauded Harmony Space as, “an embodiment of CEIBS alumni’s proactivity and creativity”. Following the Opening Ceremony, he gave a lecture there titled “Entrepreneurs and Innovation”.
Two alumni projects have already begun a strategic cooperation with Harmony Space. Deng Fei, a renowned entrepreneur in philanthropy in China, spoke at the ceremony about his Union of Rural Children Commonweal project, and Wang Yanling introduced his 798 EPARTY art project.
Operations Director of CEIBS Beijing Campus Catherine Hsiao also spoke at the ceremony, while Zheng Delin moderated. Harmony Café has already been home to several events, including a CEIBS Alumni Mobile Internet Association event and a lecture on music appreciation.