First Executive MBA Class to Graduate from UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree Program

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Tsinghua University's Department of Industrial Engineering are preparing global supply chain leaders.

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The inaugural class of the UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA Program will graduate Oct. 16, 2014, in Beijing.

The University of North Carolina and Tsinghua University created the program – which fuses the disciplines of business and engineering – to develop global supply chain leaders program in China. The UNC-Tsinghua program is the only partnership of its kind between a top Chinese industrial engineering department and a top U.S. business school.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Tsinghua’s Department of Industrial Engineering created the program to meet the growing need in China for executives with both leadership skills and technical knowledge.

The executives, who began their studies in October 2012 in Beijing, will receive an MBA from UNC and a master of engineering management (MEM) from Tsinghua. The 19 graduates are Chinese mid- to senior-level executives and supply chain managers of global and state-owned enterprises, as well as private firms. The graduating class includes four women and has an average 19 years of work experience.

During the graduation celebration, the program will welcome its third cohort of EMBA students for their first class session.

Graduation ceremony speakers will include:

  •     Yan Zheng, former vice president of Tsinghua
  •     Li Zheng, director of the academic affairs office at Tsinghua and former department chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering
  •     Linning Cai, founding co-director of the UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA Program and a professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering
  •     Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer of Western Digital Corporation
  •     Jayashankar M. Swaminathan, founding associate dean of the UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA Program and the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations at UNC Kenan-Flagler

“We are very proud of our graduates’ commitment to learning new concepts and developing new skills that help them lead effectively in the world marketplace,” said Swaminathan.

“After classes in Beijing and Chapel Hill and global immersions to logistics hubs in Dubai, Amsterdam, Munich and elsewhere, our graduates have achieved their goals of developing global vision and engineering and business expertise,” said Cai. “Some also have also started businesses in such areas as intelligent healthcare, supply chain management and inbound logistics.”

“Thanks to our deep partnership with Tsinghua University and the Department of Industrial Engineering, we have developed a new model for preparing executives in China to be global leaders,” said Douglas A. Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler.

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About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business (BSBA), full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online MBA@UNC, UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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