CEIBS celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and the past 12 months have been filled with many memorable highlights, exciting firsts and other notable milestones. We recap some of the top stories below.
For two days in January, CEIBS’ Shanghai campus played host to more than 300 decision makers from business schools around the world as part of the 2019 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General – marking the first time in the conference’s 46-year history that the event was held outside of Europe. As CEIBS President Li Mingjun stated in his welcome address at the event, the gathering was a great opportunity for CEIBS to “learn from our peer schools and colleagues, and showcase CEIBS’ role in contributing to China business education and practices.”
In late January, CEIBS reaffirmed its position as one of the world’s leading business schools when its MBA rose three places to #5 in the Financial Times’ ranking. Along with similar success for the school’s Global EMBA programme, this achievement meant CEIBS held two global top 5 rankings from the FT simultaneously for the first time.
CEIBS received even more good news in January, as nine faculty members made academic publisher Elsevier’s list of Most Cited Chinese Researchers in the category of Business, Management and Accounting. As a result, 2019 became the fifth consecutive year in which CEIBS featured prominently on the list, solidifying its reputation in the area of academic research.
The 2019 CEIBS Insights Forum series kicked off in Boston in mid-May, with American and Chinese executives and scholars coming together to discuss the topic of digital innovation and its impact on global business and economics. The series continued throughout the summer and into early autumn with similar events taking place in Munich, Brussels, London and Paris.
The school’s Career Development Center (CDC) released the CEIBS MBA 2019 Career Report in August. Amongst other highlights included in the report, the job acceptance rate for CEIBS MBA graduates hit a 10-year high in 2019, while more than 80% of those successfully achieved a career switch – changing their function, industry, or both.
In September, CEIBS Distinguished Professor and Former Prime Minister of France Jean-Pierre Raffarin was presented with the Medal of Friendship. The award is given to foreigners who have made outstanding contributions to China’s modernisation, have engaged in exchange and co-operation between China and the international community and have worked towards the maintenance of world peace.
Also in September, CEIBS President Li Mingjun was awarded the National Commemorative Medal during a special ceremony at the school’s Shanghai campus. The medal was issued in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and in recognition of recipients’ outstanding contributions to the PRC and to the development of socialist modernisation.
CEIBS officially doubled the size of its campus in Switzerland in October with the inauguration of a brand new building at the school’s location on the picturesque shores of Lake Zurich. Speaking at the opening ceremony, CEIBS President (European) Professor Dipak Jain noted that the expansion “illustrates the school’s upward trajectory and further strengthens our ability to bring China and Europe closer through business learning.”
On November 15, more than 1,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff and other guests gathered at the school’s Shanghai campus for the CEIBS 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala. CEIBS President Li Mingjun used the occasion to remark that “CEIBS should strive to be not only a world leading business school, but also an expert in Chinese management education” and to call on everyone to work together for a better future.
Just three days later, CEIBS’ Global EMBA programme retained its fifth-placed spot in the Financial Times’ 2019 Executive MBA ranking. Commenting on the school’s achievement, CEIBS Vice President and Dean Ding Yuan stated that, “As a business school rooted in China, CEIBS’ success in ranking in the top five for two consecutive years highlights the rise of management education in China and Asia. It also shows the school’s efforts in promoting globalisation have paid off.”
Also in November, CEIBS officially announced a new partnership with the Harvard Case Library to help bring even more of the school’s 900+ China-focused cases to the global body of management expertise. The achievement makes CEIBS one of only 29 partners worldwide to work with the Harvard Case Library.
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