• About CEIBS

    China Depth, Global Breadth

    CEIBS Beijing
  • About CEIBS

    Unmatched China knowledge, proven global expertise

    CEIBS Shanghai

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is unique about CEIBS?

The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) offers a unique combination of “China Depth, Global Breadth” – taking advantage of its position as a leading business school in Asia to train responsible leaders. CEIBS’ vision is to become the most respected international business school by linking East and West in teaching, research, and business practice and by promoting China’s social and economic development through high-impact knowledge creation and dissemination. The school’s origins as a joint venture between the European Commission and the Chinese government have allowed CEIBS to develop a unique positioning in offering truly world-class business management education with proven China expertise. After 25 years of phenomenal growth, CEIBS has an impressive alumni base of 22,000+, the majority in leadership positions.

2. When and why was CEIBS founded?

CEIBS is a non-profit joint venture established in 1994 between the Chinese government and the European Commission. Its predecessor, the China-EC Management Institute (CEMI), was launched in Beijing in 1984, offering China’s first MBA programme.

3. Which programmes does CEIBS offer?

CEIBS was the first business school in mainland China to offer a full-time MBA, an Executive MBA, and a wide array of Executive Education Programmes and it is the only Asian business school to have simultaneously achieved global ranking for all three of these programmes.

CEIBS also offers a Chinese language Finance MBA and collaborates with Shanghai Jiaotong University on a PhD programme.

The CEIBS EMBA is offered in both Chinese and English, with the English programme known as the Global EMBA. CEIBS also offers a Hospitality Executive MBA to train talent for the service sector, the first of its kind in mainland China.

4. How many students are there at CEIBS?

Each year, roughly 190 MBA students and 700 EMBA students graduate from CEIBS. We have the largest EMBA Programme in the world in terms of students. Roughly 10,000 students enrol in the Executive Education Programmes (non-certificate) per year.

5. Where does CEIBS operate?

CEIBS’ main campus in Shanghai was built in 1999 and designed by famed Chinese architect IM Pei, a principal at Pei Cobb, Freed & Partners. The MBA, FMBA, EMBA, Global EMBA, Hospitality EMBA and Executive Education programmes are all offered at this location.

In April 2010 CEIBS held the Grand Opening for its Beijing Campus, giving the school its second stand-alone campus. The 3.3 hectare facility, designed by renowned Spanish architectural firm IDOM, is initially focused on offering EMBA and Executive Education classes. Phase I of the facility includes a 350-seat Grand Auditorium and 7 classrooms seating 500 students in total. The facility is located in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Software Park, known as “China’s Silicon Valley”.

CEIBS also offers Executive Education courses from its Shenzhen Campus and, in March 2009, officially began the CEIBS Africa Programme with EMBA classes taught in Accra, Ghana, CEIBS’ Africa Campus. The programme is taught by CEIBS professors; the students meet the same entrance standards required for China-based programmes, and receive a degree from CEIBS. The first class of EMBA students in Africa graduated on December 9, 2010. Later, CEIBS expanded its Africa offerings to include Executive Education programmes, as well as the Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Africa (WELA) programme offered in Accra, Nairobi, Lagos, etc. In 2016 the Africa EMBA became a part of the re-launched CEIBS Global EMBA, offering participants from the region an opportunity to study alongside their peers not just China but also Europe.

In 2015, CEIBS acquired the Lorange Institute of Business, Zurich. In 2017, the LIBZ was fully integrated into CEIBS’ operations and the name changed to the Zurich Institute of Business Education (ZIBE). This is CEIBS’ Zurich Campus where Study Tours and Executive Education courses are offered. The Zurich Campus is also among the venues for the CEIBS Global EMBA which has two integrated cohorts running between China, Europe and Africa and is ranked among the Financial Times Top 20 eight years in a row (as of 2017).

6. How many alumni have graduated from CEIBS to date?

During the past 25 years, over 22,000 individuals have graduated from CEIBS MBA, FMBA, EMBA, Global EMBA, and longer-term Executive Education programmes. When all courses are included, CEIBS has offered training to more than 160,000 executives.

CEIBS boasts the largest alumni network of any China-based business school. CEIBS Alumni Associations operate 63 Alumni Chapters around the world; 48 within China (including 4 liaison offices) and 15 across Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.

7. Is CEIBS accredited?

Yes. The world’s 2 leading international accreditation systems are EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) & AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

  • In December, 2008 CEIBS was accredited by the AACSB, the US standard for business schools.
  • In 2004, CEIBS received international accreditation from EQUIS, making it the first school in mainland China to receive this accreditation. In June 2007, EQUIS renewed its accreditation of CEIBS through 2012. It was renewed again in June 2012 through to 2017.
  • In 2002, the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council, Chinese government, formally recognised the CEIBS MBA degree.
8. How does CEIBS rank as an international business school?

The CEIBS MBA Programme has ranked within the Top 25 of the Financial Times' annual global business school survey for 15 consecutive years (2005-2019). The Global EMBA Programme was #5 worldwide and the highest ranked stand-alone in 2019. For more details, see below.

CEIBS MBA Programme:

  • #1 in Asia, #5 globally full-time MBA Programme (2019): Financial Times
  • #1 in Asia, Global Best Business School (2018): Bloomberg Businessweek
  • #1 in Asia, #3 globally among 2-year programmes outside the US, 2017: Forbes Magazine

CEIBS Global EMBA Programme:

  • Top 20 Globally for 10 Consecutive Years (2010-2019), #5 worldwide and highest ranked stand-alone programme in 2019: Financial Times
9. Does CEIBS 'partner' with other top business schools worldwide?

The CEIBS MBA programme sends more than half of its students to 40+ partner schools for international exchange. The school has been ranked among the leading schools for "international experience" by the Financial Times in recent years. More than half of the exchange partner schools of CEIBS are on the Financial Times’ Top 50 list.

10. What are the tuition fees at CEIBS?
11. How can CEIBS assist media?

The CEIBS Marketing & Communications Department is available to assist journalists in the following ways:

- Faculty interviews: CEIBS has nearly 70 full-time professors, each with a distinct and deep-rooted area of specialisation related to China. All professors speak fluent English, many speak Chinese, and some speak European languages. Each professor offers a blend of international experience (all have PhD and teaching experience from top-tier international business schools) matched with China research areas.

- Information, research, story ideas: CEIBS Marketing & Communications Department includes former journalists who remember well the pressure of deadlines, fact-checking, interviews for breaking news and impatient editors. We are at your service in providing story ideas, leads, and information generated from CEIBS teaching and research.

- Access to events, seminars, forums: CEIBS hosts several newsworthy, media-friendly events each week. Visit the CEIBS website for current listings of upcoming events.

- CEIBS Knowledge: where our professors and other experts regularly offer their insight on current affairs, or share their latest research. Content includes both text and video as well as CEIBS alumni magazine TheLINK.

- Quick Quotes: A snapshot of faculty comments on hot topics in the news. 

CEIBS Media Interview Requests

CEIBS welcomes media interview requests for its faculty, students and alumni. Please contact any members of the communications team listed below with your contact information and interview topics.

  • Mr. Cameron Wilson​, Senior Media Officer
    Email: wcameron@ceibs.edu  |  Tel: +86-21-2890-5509

  • Mr. Michael Thede, Senior Media Officer
    Email: tmichael@ceibs.edu  |  Tel: +86-21-2890-5987