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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What’s Ahead for CEIBS?

January 22, 2019. Shanghai — CEIBS Presidents have given a hint of what’s ahead for the school, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Yesterday in his opening address at the 2019 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General, President Li Mingjun told the audience, “As an international business school globally recognised and with operations in three continents, CEIBS is playing a more important role in bridging China with the world and telling China stories. Looking back and thinking ahead, we will try our best to maintain our ‘China Focus’ and achieve ‘Global Significance’.”

With campuses in China, Ghana in Africa and Zurich in Switzerland, CEIBS has more than 22,000 alumni across the globe and there has long been a focus on educating responsible business leaders. As the school enters a new era in its development, there is also added importance being given to educating business leaders who recognise and embrace the importance of giving back, of making a difference and an impact on the global stage. As CEIBS President (European) Dipak Jain explained today, the school will also focus on making an impact globally by focusing on its international visibility. Other areas of focus as CEIBS celebrates its 25th anniversary will include building a strong presence in the US while strengthening operations in Europe and Africa. This will all be done within the framework of leveraging CEIBS’ core competitive advantage — it’s unrivalled expertise in providing China knowledge.

In his speech, the final one for the EFMD business school conference hosted by CEIBS over the last two days, Prof Jain also extended an invitation to the deans and directors generals gathered to work together. “Let’s take the calibre of management education to new heights,” he urged. “If we work together we can find a common purpose. The best days of management education are ahead of us!”

More than 300 participants from 55 schools around the world attended the EFMD event at CEIBS Shanghai Campus, hosted outside Europe for the first time in its 46-year history. The next conference will be February 13-14, 2020 at SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

Charmaine N. Clarke