(PRWEB) May 26, 2011
2011 May 23rd, the Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA Program welcomed its 10th class of students and officially launched a year-long celebration of its 10th Year at an Opening Ceremony held in Yuan Tianfan Hall, Guanghua Building, Fudan University.
Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA Program, a joint educational venture between the School of Management, Fudan University and the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, focuses on training China’s best international managers for global leadership positions. Both JV partners have long been leaders in the field of management education and are well established in the international Executive MBA market. In 2010, the Wall Street Journal ranked the Olin Business School’s US-based Executive MBA program 2nd in the world, and the Financial Times of London has ranked its JV program with the School of Management, Fudan University the top program in mainland China for the last 5 years.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Professor Patrick Moreton, Olin’s Shanghai-based Associate Dean and Managing Director of the program. Professor Zhiwen Yin, Associate Dean of School of Management, Fudan University welcomed the new students and shared his aspirations for them “The experience of studying here will become a great milestone in your life. We hope you achieve great things in the future, and we are indeed proud of you all! Congratulations!"
Prof. James T. Little, the academic director of the program from the Olin Business School also expressed his congratulations and highlighted the value of the program’s approach to training in the current era: “We all work in a changing and challenging era with accelerated globalization and rapid technology development. To be competitive in this environment requires a deep understanding of the fundamentals of your business and the ability to develop local solutions using the best ideas available globally. Our program, which brings our world-class faculty to China and gives you a hands-on development experience here in Shanghai, provides you with a learning experience unlike any other in the world.”
Speaking on behalf of the faculty from both schools, Professor WANG Xiaozu of Fudan University, echoed professor Little’s comments: "This program provides you a unique opportunity to share best practices and learn the latest management concepts from faculty who are using the most effective training and development techniques available in China today. It’s a lot of work, but the return on your investment is remarkable.”
According to incoming Class 10 student speaker, Michelle Lu, the Asia Pacific R&D Director of Johnson & Johnson beauty care products, "We made the right choice choosing this program. We will improve ourselves and develop our leadership skills; we will make friends and meet mentors and partners; and most importantly we will help change our businesses. I am excited to be a member of Class 10. It is my dream and honor to study at Fudan University and join mainland China's best Executive MBA program."
Michelle and her fellow Class 10 students officially became members of the Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA program when Class 9 student Maggie Qi, HR Head for Axa-Minmetals Insurance, passed the program’s flag to Class 10 student Meng Hing Chua, Finance Director for ITT (China) Investment Company, symbolizing the transfer of the program’s professional and performance-oriented culture from one generation to next.
After nine years, the program now has almost 550 students and alumni, the majority of who hold senior leadership positions in the leading global companies operating in China. The deans of the two schools and representatives from all nine classes closed Class 10’s opening ceremony with a video greeting expressing their pride in the program and what it means to be a member of the program family.
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About the Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA Program
The Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA Program is a partnership between the School of Management, Fudan University and the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. For the last nine years it has devoted itself to training global business leaders. Working with China’s best international managers and world-class faculty from the School of Management and the Olin Business School, the program has been ranked No.1 in mainland China for five consecutive years in the Financial Times of London.