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CEIBS 2nd European Chapter Head Meeting
CEIBS 2nd European Chapter Head Meeting
The CEIBS Europe Alumni network went from strength to strength in 2018 and 2019 is set to be just as exciting. 

The heads of all CEIBS European Chapters gathered in Zurich on Saturday 26 January for the second annual Chapter Head meeting to strategize and set priorities for the year ahead. 
Representatives from UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and CEIBS Europe’s only club, The GAA shared best practice, exchanged ideas and brainstormed topics such as the 2019 Alumni Reunion which is due to take place in Paris on 4-6 October.
Outcomes will be shared with the wider CEIBS community very soon.

To see the structure of the Europe chapters and find out who to contact please visit the Chapters page >

Brexit Deal Lands on Brits - Santa & Elves Come to CEIBS
Brexit Deal Lands on Brits - Santa & Elves Come to CEIBS
Christmas time is in the air again. This year Santa prepared an extra special gift for the UK: Brexit in a box. We are not allowed to open it till March 29, 2019 and even then, like that jumper from auntie, we’ll still have no idea what to do with it. 

More seriously at this cleaved and uncertain moment in British history, 20+ CEIBS UK Chapter alumni (MBA, EMBA, FMBA & LBS Exchange) and guests met up in central London on the evening of Nov. 22 to hear from ex-CEIBS professor David De Cremer on Brexit & Its Implications for Sino-UK Relationship. 

Brexit is an answer to a tough question. How does Britain handle the challenges of the 21st Century? So far, the answers that 2 years of argument have brought make us none the wiser.  But fingers crossed that despite this uncertainty, at least that for this year, Santa, travelling from Lapland in Finland’s far North, will pass UK passport control without any problem and that he will be able to deliver EU made gifts through UK customs to those well-behaved British kids. 
After the talk, CEIBS alumni and guests gathered in a pub to celebrate Christmas. CEIBS UK Chapter alumni coming from Spain, China, Canada, US, South Africa and Philippines among others is a great reflection of London as the global inter connector where people from all around the world meet. It is hard to imagine that this centre of gravity may drift away from London after Brexit. But three years ago, Brexit was even harder to imagine.

Let’s leave the worries to tomorrow for the moment and enjoy our sparkling start to the festive celebrations. Merry Fizzmas!

By Sharon Cheng, CEIBS UK Alumni Chapter President

What makes CEIBS alumni so special?
What makes CEIBS alumni so special?
Here are some of our European alumni at a CEIBS 1+1 event in London this summer.

CEIBS Insights 2018
CEIBS Insights 2018
Established 24 years ago as a joint venture between the Chinese Government and European Union, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) has been lauded, over the years, as a role model of effective China-EU cooperation. This year, as both sides mark the 15th anniversary of the China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, CEIBS continues to fulfil its role as a platform to further enhance China-EU communication and cooperation, both in business and culture, along with providing a window of China's reform and opening up in the education sector.

This page will showcase CEIBS' political impact, commercial influence as well as the role the school has played in knowledge exchange. There will be case studies and alumni stories that show the strength of China-EU ties, a historical look at CEIBS' role over the last two dozen years, and fresh new content generated from VIP presentations/interviews on campus and at our events hosted in five cities across Europe throughout the year.

China Daily: China's the place to learn about business
China Daily: China's the place to learn about business
Leading academic says country's huge success makes it an ever-more attractive destination for MBA students

Dipak Jain says people who want to learn about business now also want to come to China, as well as Europe and the United States.

The 61-year-old former dean of two of the world's leading business schools - the Kellogg School of Management in the US and Europe's INSEAD - will become European president of the China Europe International Business School in November.

"If you have an interest in understanding China and how the Chinese think, and how the country's economy has become the second-largest in just 30 to 40 years, then what you will get at a business school like CEIBS you will not get at Harvard," he says.

Jain, one of the most respected and best-known figures in business education, says his new role will give him the opportunity to study a country he has so far observed mainly from the outside.

"I use the term of being endogenous rather than exogenous to the system. You can always make observations from the outside but when you are part of an institution, you see first-hand how people think, how they execute (decisions) and how they build an organization."

Jain, interviewed at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Beijing before a speaking event, says CEIBS is increasingly attracting foreign students to its courses. As many as 22 of the 180 students in the school's flagship MBA course this year will be from North America and Europe - up from 18 out of 179 in 2017.

CEIBS President, Pedro Nueno delivers book presentation on CEIBS Zurich campus
CEIBS President, Pedro Nueno delivers book presentation on CEIBS Zurich campus
On Wednesday 27 June 2018, CEIBS alumni and friends of CEIBS enjoyed a sunny lakeside evening with CEIBS President, Pedro Nueno. Pedro presented his new book ‘Retired. And Now What?’ and shared tips and advice on staying entrepreneurial throughout retirement.
Talent for China’s Service Sector: CEIBS-EHL HEMBA Opens
Talent for China’s Service Sector: CEIBS-EHL HEMBA Opens
May 12, 2018. Shanghai – China’s service sector now makes up the bulk of the country’s economy and is expected to play an even greater role in the years ahead. But there is still a need for talented professionals – within Chinese firms doing business in and outside of China – capable of offering world-class service across a wide range of industries. The freshly launched Hospitality Executive MBA (HEMBA) is expected to make a huge difference in addressing this talent shortage. The joint CEIBS-EHL programme began classes at the China Europe International Business School’s (CEIBS) Shanghai Campus today. For the next week, 52 executives from a mixture of Chinese companies and foreign firms doing business in China will have classes on Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry, Organisational Behaviour and Leadership. 

The group includes Hongjie Wang, Board Chairman of H&C Property Management that over the past 12 years has grown from a modest operation in Shandong to become China’s first international property management company. H&C’s 20,000 employees manage residential properties and office buildings around the world. Convinced that the service economy will become increasingly important in today’s China, within the context of a new era that includes a much more global focus with bellwether projects such as the Belt & Road Initiative, Wang encouraged a number of his executives to enrol as well. “I am excited to be part of this new era, ready to create new miracles in the service sector. I hope we can make Chinese service a brand new hallmark of Chinese business around the world,” he said in a speech on behalf of the entire class during yesterday’s opening ceremony. Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai Alexander Hoffet was among the VIPs at the opening ceremony, which was also attended by leadership representatives from EHL.

The HEMBA programme, a combination of general business education and service management, is a partnership between CEIBS, China’s leading international business school, and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), recognised as the best hotel management school in the world. As CEIBS Dean Professor Ding Yuan noted, it took just 10 months to get the programme up and running after both sides inked an agreement last year. “China is transforming its economy to focus more on the service industry and boost domestic consumption. We are in line with economic trends, and so we saw an opportunity for this programme. It will be a win-win for both CEIBS and EHL,” he said.

The first of its kind in China, the HEMBA is also CEIBS’ first dual degree EMBA and first joint EMBA. Another of the HEMBA’s unique features is the global nature of it teaching locations. Along with the opening module and core courses in Shanghai, the 18-month programme will be offered in other locations across Asia including Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Midterms and graduation will be in Switzerland. Graduates will earn dual degrees – one each from CEIBS and EHL – and gain entry to both schools’ impressive and influential alumni networks. CEIBS has more than 20,000 alumni across the world while EHL has trained over 25,000 hospitality managers. “Two exceptional partners have come together to form a perfect match and offer a leading-edge programme that will position graduates for executive roles in a service sector that is hungry for the skills the programme will provide participants,” said EHL’s Chief Academic Officer Professor Finbarr O’Mahony, representing EHL Group CEO Michel Rochat during the opening ceremony.

Class participants represent more than 10 different locations across China, including Taiwan, and various aspects of service-related industries ranging from financial services to medical beauty. As CEIBS HEMBA Programme Director Professor Katherine Xin explained, they are seasoned professionals with almost 19 years’ work experience, on average. More than 80% of this very first HEMBA class are top executives, typically with about 15 years of management experience. Females make up 35% of the class, and 44% of participants have a master's degree or above. Nearly a third previously completed other CEIBS courses such as the EMBA and AMP (General Manager Programme).

As other countries before it, China has made the journey from having an economy dominated by the manufacturing/industrial sector to one where the service sector now dominates, accounting for between 52-55%. Over the past two to three years, consumption has replaced investment as the main contributor of GDP growth, and in this new consumption-driven growth model, a lot of the growth is being driven by the new service economy. 

About China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

China Europe International Business School (www.ceibs.edu) is among the top international business schools in Asia, where it is the only b-school to have simultaneously made it to the Financial Times’ top 30 list of MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programmes. CEIBS’ world-class faculty – from both China and abroad – are experts in their fields. CEIBS, which has provided management education to over 130,000 executives both at home and abroad, has campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Zurich and Accra.

About Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL, @EHLnews) is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality and has been a pioneer in hospitality education since 1893. It has created and inspired a unique professional community of over 25,000 hospitality managers, united by the values and the legacy of EHL.

EHL is a leading university that provides learning solutions for enthusiastic, talented and ambitious students from 114 different countries. With undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, EHL offers its students a range of on-campus and online education opportunities at different stages of their professional journey.

EHL is regularly recognized as the best hotel management school in the world with the highest graduate employment rates in the industry. EHL is a member of EHL Holding SA, a Group dedicated to hospitality management education.

Bloomberg: How China Is Buying Its Way Into Europe
Bloomberg: How China Is Buying Its Way Into Europe
By Andre Tartar, Mira Rojanasakul and Jeremy Scott Diamond

For more than a decade, Chinese political and corporate leaders have been scouring the globe with seemingly bottomless wallets in hand. From Asia to Africa, the U.S. and Latin America, the results are hard to ignore as China has asserted itself as an emerging world power. Less well known is China’s diffuse but expanding footprint in Europe.

Bloomberg has crunched the numbers to compile the most comprehensive audit to date of China’s presence in Europe. It shows that China has bought or invested in assets amounting to at least $318 billion over the past 10 years. The continent saw roughly 45 percent more China-related activity than the U.S. during this period, in dollar terms, according to available data.

The volume and nature of some of these investments, from critical infrastructure in eastern and southern Europe to high-tech companies in the west, have raised a red flag at the European Union level. Leaders that include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are pressing for a common strategy to handle China’s relentless advance into Europe, with some opposition from the EU’s periphery.

Global Times: China-Europe freight train trips surge in Q1
Global Times: China-Europe freight train trips surge in Q1

China-Europe freight trains have made 1,000 trips in the first three months of 2018, up 75 percent compared with the same period last year, according to China Railway Corp.

The company said the record was made because of an increased number of rail routes and accelerated train speed on the Chinese side.

The cross-border rail network has connected 43 Chinese cities with 41 European cities in 13 countries.

More than 7,600 journeys have been made between cities in the two continents since March 2011 when the service started.

The China-Europe rail service is considered a significant part of the Belt and Road initiative. It is expected to boost trade between China and Europe, China's largest trading partner.

The number of such train trips is expected to reach 4,000 in 2018, according to Zhao Jun, head of the freight department of China Railway.

CNBC: China 'has the edge' in the war for 5G and the US and Europe could fall behind
CNBC: China 'has the edge' in the war for 5G and the US and Europe could fall behind
Streaming virtual reality games. Driverless cars. Super-fast downloads of movies. And billions of devices talking to each other. This is the promise of the next-generation mobile internet known as 5G.

The race to roll out 5G is on and the U.S., China and other parts of Asia appear to be taking the lead, while Europe is lagging behind.

Fragmentation in rules across the European Union's (EU) 28 member states, a lack of investment from mobile networks stemming from weak business, and continuing debate over the allocation of radio waves known as spectrum, are the key reasons for the region falling behind.

"Europe is significantly lagging China and North America when it comes to 5G commitments and deployment," Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, told CNBC in a recent interview.

"In the U.S., we've got intense competitive rivalry between the leading players which is accelerating investment in 5G, and in China there is absolutely no question that they see an opportunity to innovate their own 5G, which would be the first generation of technology where they could really be the undisputed leader."