CEIBS Establishment

About CEIBS

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) was co-founded by the Chinese government and European Union (EU) in 1994, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the EFMD serving as its executive partners. CEIBS has campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Accra in Ghana, and Zurich in Switzerland.

As China’s only business school to originate from government-level collaboration, CEIBS is committed to educating responsible leaders versed in ‘China Depth, Global Breadth’ in line with its motto of ‘Conscientiousness, Innovation and Excellence’. Leaders from the Chinese central government and the EU, respectively, have lauded CEIBS as “a cradle of excellent executives” and “a role model of EU-China co-operation”.

CEIBS offers MBA, Finance MBA, EMBA, Global EMBA, Hospitality EMBA, DBA (Switzerland), and Executive Education programmes (see Programmes Overview). CEIBS was the first business school on the Chinese mainland to be accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB. CEIBS has placed in the top tier of the FT’s ranking of global MBA programmes for six consecutive years, and has been ranked in the top 5 on its global EMBA list for four consecutive years.

Amongst the best in Asia, CEIBS’ faculty team is uniquely equipped to deliver a combination of ‘China Depth’ and ‘Global Breadth’ in both teaching and research. More than 80 full-time faculty members – two-thirds of whom are from overseas – represent more than 10 countries and regions worldwide and bring a wealth of experience from teaching, research and business practice. CEIBS has ranked #1 in the category of Business Administration on Elsevier’s list of Most Chinese Cited Researchers for two consecutive years, an indicator of the school’s research capabilities in these fields.

Initiated by CEIBS, the Global Platform of China Cases has compiled over 2,000 China-focused cases, laying a solid foundation for providing China-specific knowledge. The school’s research, which is in the top tier of authoritative rankings, combines the latest theory with practical knowledge. In 2020, CEIBS launched four signature interdisciplinary research areas – China and the World, ESG, Digital Age Management and Service Excellence – and its research centres continually keep abreast of ever-changing business practices in vital fields.

To date, CEIBS has more than 26,000 alumni from over 90 countries around the world, and has provided a broad range of management programmes for more than 200,000 executives in China and abroad.

Each year, in dozens of major cities across Asia, Europe and Africa, CEIBS harnesses global insights and wisdom to host high-end academic and industry forums. CEIBS has become an important platform for exchange and co-operation between China and the EU.

In 2021, the school launched a new Five-Year Strategic Development Plan (2021-2025), focusing on eight strategic initiatives:

1) Reinforce CEIBS’ top-tier position
2) Expand CEIBS’ world-class faculty
3) Create signature research areas
4) Diversify CEIBS’ programme portfolio
5) Bridge China and Europe
6) Serve regional development strategies
7) Exemplify CSR education
8) Empower CEIBS alumni

Over the past 28 years, CEIBS has grown in tandem with the Chinese economy. In the years ahead, the school will continue to emphasise the innovation, transformation, and globalisation of the Chinese economy in order to facilitate global economic co-operation.

CEIBS Partners

At the establishment of CEIBS, the signing parties on the official founding contract were Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). These organisations continue to provide the institutional guarantees that make CEIBS a centre of excellence in business management and research within Asia and worldwide.

Over a hundred years old, Shanghai Jiaotong University is one of the leading universities in China. It has extensive and long-standing contacts with businesses in the country, and is thus able to facilitate CEIBS’ relations with the Chinese corporate world.

EFMD, based in Brussels, Belgium, is a global, non-profit, membership driven organization dedicated to management development. Recognized globally as an accreditation body for business schools, business school programmes and corporate universities. With the support of more than 900 members across over 90 countries and regions, EFMD acts as a catalyst to promote and enhance excellence in management development globally.