If you want a deep dive into the culture and the ways of doing business in China, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business’ 14-month MBA program is very good choice. The school is one of the few in China that delivers an MBA completely in English.
Launched in 2002 by Hong Kong Tycoon Li Ka-shing, Cheung Kong now counts more than 2,000 graduates from its MBA, EMBA, and executive development programs. Its MBA program, located in a historic and charming 70-year-old German-style villa compound in Shanghai, ranks highly in BusinessWeek’s survey of the best Asian business schools. Cheung Kong’s executive MBA program is based in a gleaming office complex in the heart of Beijing, when is known for its high-caliber graduates, including many of China’s top entrepreneurs. CKGSB’s alumni include more than 3,000 Chinese business leaders at the CEO and Chairman level, whose companies together generated more than $1 trillion in revenue or 13.7% of China’s entire GDP. If the companies managed by CKGSB’s alumni network were a nation, the school says it would be the 16th largest economy on earth.
The full-time MBA program begins with three weeks of pre-term courses in September followed by a schedule that consists of four terms, with eight consecutive modules. Each term is comprised of two modules. The first four modules cover required business fundamentals (economics, finance/investment, marketing, strategy, management, and operations), and form the core curriculum. Modules 5 through 6 and Module 8 provide a wide range of business electives, allowing students to pursue their particular career development needs. Module 7 (China module) includes an intensive three-week selection of elective seminars covering business topics in China. The electives all touch upon relevant business ideas in China, and include unique courses such as Confucian Humanism, which instills an understanding of the ethical context for Chinese business. The school also offers free Chinese lessons to all international students.
Students also are put into teams to engage in consulting projects to help solve real-world business challenges. Working with support from participating organizations and faculty, students are able to translate classroom learning into professional, on-the-job experience. Depending on the project, students may work for a multinational, private company, state-owned enterprise, or nonprofit. Participating organizations have included IBM, GE Healthcare and Kemet Corporation. Typical consulting projects develop solutions related to strategic planning, marketing and feasibility studies, financial analysis, and operational evaluations. Though participation in a consulting project is not required, the vast majority of MBA students choose to take part in the program, which takes place in early summer.
As part of the curriculum, all students will take part in an overseas module that allow them to study with one of the school’s education partners, which includes Columbia Business School, University of Virginia’s Darden School of Management, Cornell University’s Johnson School, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and the Indian School of Business.
For incoming MBA students in 2012, roughly 22% of the candidates are from outside China. Students bring five years of work experience with them to the program and have an average age of 29. The ages of students generally range from 24 to 36. The average GMAT score for the class was 670 in 2012.
In addition to the MBA program, CKGSB also offers a Chinese-language Executive MBA program; a Chinese-language, part-time Finance MBA program; and many high-level executive education courses.
The school makes living in China as easy as possible for MBA students. It offers student apartments in the vicinity of campus. Students can also choose to rent their own apartments nearby.
Tuition & Fees: $61,660
Mean GMAT: 670
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Mean Age: 29
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