CEIBS Global EMBA is #5 in Financial Times Ranking
CEIBS Global EMBA is #5 in Financial Times Ranking
Highest-ranked stand-alone programme
October 15, 2018. Shanghai - China Europe International Business School’s Global Executive MBA has moved up nine spots to #5 in the Financial Times’ 2018 ranking of the world’s top 100 EMBA programmes. This is the second CEIBS programme the FT has ranked within the top 10 this year. The CEIBS MBA was ranked #8 globally and #1 in Asia in January. This makes CEIBS the first ever Asian school to have two programmes ranked within the FT’s top 10. In the EMBA ranking released today, the CEIBS Global EMBA is also the highest-ranked stand-alone programme. All four programmes ranked above it are collaborations between at least two schools whose combined data are factored into the results. As the rankings have shown, the independently offered CEIBS Global EMBA offers an increasingly international and diverse experience in providing a world class education with continued improvements being made in the quality of the school’s research.  
“These results confirm that we offer a globally competitive programme,” said CEIBS President Li Mingjun in reacting to the news. “We will intensify our efforts to meet the needs of our students, socially responsible business leaders who are shaping the global economy.”
The annual FT ranking of EMBA programmes is well respected and highly anticipated by business schools around the world as it is seen as a valuable benchmark of their performance. It is compiled every year primarily from surveys of classes that graduated three years earlier. The #5 spot is a historic high for the CEIBS Global EMBA and highest ever ranking of all the school’s programmes. The CEIBS Global EMBA was propelled upwards by improvements in nine of the 16 criteria used in the ranking. These include a better performance in areas which measure the programme’s impact on graduates’ careers and its overall diversity. CEIBS Global EMBA continues to improve in the percentage of international students and the opportunities to broaden their world view by doing classes in various locations around the world. Core courses offered at the school’s campuses in Shanghai, Accra and Zurich are complemented by seven global elective modules delivered in seven countries across five continents. The programme is an integral part of the school’s wider globalisation strategy. 

“Our Global EMBA being ranked fifth in the world is definitive proof that the programme’s unique model works,” said CEIBS Vice President and Dean Professor Ding Yuan. “After three years of hard work since our Zurich campus was established in 2015, CEIBS has achieved synergized and stable operations at our five campuses on three continents. In the future, as the school continues to expand to North America and other regions, CEIBS will better meet the needs of business leaders around the world.”

CEIBS Associate Dean of Global EMBA Professor Nikos Tsikriktsis stressed, “The difference between CEIBS Global EMBA and other business schools is that our students are corporate executives selected from different countries in Asia, Europe and Africa and they form a unique class that is truly global. They benefit from the expertise of a strong international faculty team, and classes in major global cities that are shaping the future of business.” He added, “As the global and Chinese economies continue to develop, the world’s business elite face serious challenges. They can only remain competitive if they fully grasp the importance of, and pursue, opportunities for lifelong learning. In response to economic trends and changes in market demand, we have been proactively optimizing the CEIBS Global EMBA curriculum. Our team is committed to providing professional, cutting-edge business knowledge - both theoretical and practical. We are constantly making innovations to our teaching methods, and have extended the pursuit of knowledge beyond the traditional classroom to build a platform for continued learning."    

In addition to its assessment of graduates’ career progress and school diversity, the FT also ranks schools based on research/CSR, areas in which CEIBS has performed well. CEIBS has made CSR a focus at the strategic level of the organisation, with classes on ethics included as part of the curriculum. Meanwhile, there has been a steady increase in the quality and quantity of research produced by the school’s faculty who have extensive expertise in five disciplines. Their research has been steadily gaining international recognition over the years, with their papers published in world renowned academic journals. Between 2014 and 2017, CEIBS faculty had 125 articles published in top journals. For the last three years, on a list of scholars compiled by the world-renowned academic publisher Elsevier, CEIBS faculty have accounted for a third of the most cited researchers from Chinese business schools in the fields of Business, Management and Accounting, an indicator of the strength of the school’s research capabilities.
“We will continue to strengthen our efforts to engage in rigorous research that has practical implications for the business world and our students,” said CEIBS President Li Mingjun. “We fully recognise that academic rigour is an integral part of our efforts to educate the business leaders of tomorrow.”

News about the ranking came days after the Global EMBA Class of 2016 graduated at a ceremony in Dubai, the first time ever students had their graduation ceremony in the UAE. This was yet another indicator of CEIBS Global EMBA’s reputation as a truly global programme, and CEIBS as an international business school with its roots in China.

The next CEIBS Global EMBA class begins in November 2018.

The CEIBS Global EMBA is a top-ranked, part-time programme that balances China Depth and Global Breadth for high-achieving business leaders who want to take their career and personal development to the next level. With modules available in 11 cities worldwide, a diverse student body from more than 20 countries, and two integrated cohorts running between China, Europe and Africa, CEIBS Global EMBA provides unparalleled opportunities for participants to expand their global network, while plugging into China’s largest business school alumni network.
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China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) is among the top international business schools in Asia, where it is the only one to have simultaneously made it to the Financial Times’ top 30 list of MBA, EMBA, and Executive Education programmes.

CEIBS has more than 20,000 alumni from more than 80 countries worldwide, and has provided a broad range of management programmes for more than 150,000 executives both at home and abroad. CEIBS’ faculty team is uniquely equipped to deliver a combination of China Depth and Global Breadth in both teaching and research.

CEIBS has campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Zurich, and Accra.
CEIBS Zurich Campus will be extended and opened in 2019
CEIBS Zurich Campus will be extended and opened in 2019
Two years ago, we acquired the old waterworks building in the immediate vicinity of today's campus. Now the architect's plan is available. The goal: additional study rooms for our campus. Today, students already have to partially move to external places. The renovation of the old lake waterworks makes it possible for all course participants to be taught in our own buildings.

On the ground floor, a lobby hall for 150 people will be built, as well as a large lecture hall and seven study rooms for group work. Upstairs, offices, galleries, and an additional study room are planned. The attic and the basement remain largely empty for the time being.

From the very beginning, it was clear that we respect the character of the old building. We only make necessary changes with regard to future school operations. For instance, we will put in larger windows in the front of the house towards the lake so that the study rooms have enough light. In terms of sustainability, the roof is equipped with a solar panel.

Inside the building, the old will be united with the new. The old water pumps will be integrated into the new building. On the other hand, we will have to remove the former water tanks. Otherwise, we cannot create enough space for the lecture hall and other rooms. Construction is scheduled for January. We hope to move into the new building in October 2019.
Study Tours for Chinese Executives
Study Tours for Chinese Executives
To educate responsible leaders and linking East and West

The Excellence Exchange Program’s (EEP) new study tours for Chinese Executives, aim at linking East and West in teaching, research, and business practice. With our study tours we strive to establish mutually beneficial partnerships between CEIBS and European companies, generate unique insights across industries, and engage in constructive and open dialogs of senior executives between Europe and China.

Our mission is to educate responsible leaders versed in "China Depth, Global Breadth" and by doing this we have a vision to become one of the most respected international business schools. With the study tours, our students can cooperate in a flexible format with experimentation, evaluation, and feedback. They have the chance to explore an unparalleled branding channel through the CEIBS Real Situation Learning Method (RSLMTM). We cooperate early with the companies involved so as to fit company executives’ demanding schedules (maximum twice a year).
The H&H Group trains its top executives at the CEIBS Zurich Campus
The H&H Group trains its top executives at the CEIBS Zurich Campus
Corporate Specific Programs

A few days ago, the CEIBS Zurich Campus hosted the “H&H Group” for a corporate specific program. The H&H Group is a premium nutrition and wellness company based in Hong Kong, comprised chiefly of the following brands: Biostime (baby formula from France), Swisse (premium supplements & vitamins – Australia), Healthy Times (organic baby food & formula – USA), and Dodie (French baby care company). The H&H Group strives to become a global leader in advanced baby nutrition and care, and premium quality vitamins and supplements, the two core businesses of the group. Integrating these four international brands brings with it both opportunities and challenges, as the company must bring cultures together and learn to work as one team, and one family, bridge differences and measure progress toward goals.
It is for these reasons that the H&H Group chose to bring its top executives to the CEIBS Zurich Campus. Over a two-day period, under the expert guidance of Professor Dr. Katherine Xin, Associate Dean and Bayer Chair of Leadership, executives from across the globe including France, China, Australia, Belgium, Singapore, India, Italy, the U.S., and the U.K. came together to explore the leadership and management skills the H&H Group will need to integrate into its business units successfully, and fulfill its goal of joining four great international brands on a journey toward “making people healthier and happier.” Professor Xin says of the workshop, “This program will leverage on the unique capabilities that CEIBS can bring to global companies that have a strong presence in China. Successful integration will certainly help the H&H Group to achieve its goal as a leading global player in the nutrition and wellness field.”
CEIBS held it’s first 1+1 in Europe
CEIBS held it’s first 1+1 in Europe
Who better to recommend CEIBS than those who know it best? Our alumni are our best promoters. Each participant of the "1+1" was encouraged to bring with them an additional guest or ‘plus one’ who is a qualified prospect for our MBA, GEMBA or corporate programs.

CEIBS held it’s first 1+1 in Europe this week, the first taking place in Munich on Monday 16th July and the second in London on Wednesday 18th July, both on the eve of the CEIBS Europe Forum series in the respective locations. Both events kicked off with experience sharing from CEIBS alumni followed by CEIBS European President-Designate and Professor of Marketing Dipak Jain who delivered a lecture on ‘Frameworks for Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage’ to an audience of CEIBS alumni and their plus 1s as well as friends of CEIBS in Europe.

CEIBS launched the 1+1 Project, a series of lectures hosted by leading faculty across continents, in 2017. The core objectives of the 1+1 series are to further strengthen engagement with our international alumni and also provide attendees with the opportunity to play their part in helping to shape the future student bodies at CEIBS.

CEIBS Global Executive MBA Gets Swiss Nod of Approval.
CEIBS Global Executive MBA Gets Swiss Nod of Approval.
CEIBS Global EMBA has joined an elite group of programmes that have earned a seal of approval from the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ).

CEIBS GEMBA is one of only 18 programmes fully evaluated by AAQ in Switzerland. The rigorous assessment process lasted for more than a year and is a vital step towards accreditation.
The AAQ is an independent organisation, under the auspices of the Swiss Accreditation Council, which conducts accreditation and evaluation procedures. The AAQ label is perceived as a guarantee of quality, one that is recognized by all partners and interest groups, both in Switzerland and abroad; it contributes to quality development in higher education.

“Receiving the ‘AAQ evaluated’ stamp of approval is a strong signal that our GEMBA Programme is one that continuously improves upon our already strong standards of quality,” said CEIBS Dean Ding Yuan in sharing the news. The Financial Times has ranked CEIBS GEMBA within the world’s top 20 for 8 consecutive years (2010-2017), ranking it #14 in 2017. It is one of the programmes offered by CEIBS, China’s leading international business school, which is accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS.

The CEIBS Global EMBA is a part-time 20-month programme for high-potential, upper-level executives and entrepreneurs who want to take their career and personal development to the next level. With modules available in 11 cities worldwide, a diverse student body from more than 20 countries, and two integrated cohorts running between China, Europe and Africa, CEIBS Global EMBA provides in-depth China knowledge within a global context. It also provides unparalleled opportunities for participants to expand their global network, while plugging into China’s largest business school alumni network.

To provide maximum flexibility for participants, the CEIBS GEMBA has two separate but integrated tracks (Single or Double Module), whose content and faculty are identical. There are two core global modules which all participants must take together, in Barcelona and Zurich, lasting 5 days each. Both tracks will come together for all their elective modules; the only difference is the timing and structure of the core modules. The Single Module cohort takes core modules once every month for 4 days (Thursday – Sunday) at CEIBS Shanghai Campus. The Double Module track takes core modules once every two months at a range of global locations (Shanghai, Barcelona, Accra and Zurich).

The next CEIBS GEMBA class begins in November 2018 and the final round of applications is August 31, 2018.

(Author: Charmaine Clarke)
The Staff Development Zurich Session
The Staff Development Zurich Session
Our Staff Development Program 2018 consists of two modules, with one module on the CEIBS Zurich campus and one module on the Beijing campus.

To build pillars for service excellence, Management & Leadership were among the topics of the first module which took place from May 24th until May 28th.

The purposes of the program are to enhance excellent staff members’ capabilities in management and leadership, help them be more competent for challenging work and to take on great duties and make more contributions to the school.

Prof. Yuan Ding kicked off the program by giving the introduction to CEIBS Strategy. Next, he analyzed the Victorinox case embedded in the real situation learning method. He then brought the staff on a manufacturing tour of Victorinox. Mr. Carl Elsener, the CEO of Victorinox, personally welcomed the group

During the second day, the group visited Olympic museum in the morning and then had a great learning experience at EHL, which is also a CEIBS partner school for the Hospitality EMBA Program. Prof. Marc Stierand gave the presentation on the topic of pillars for service excellence.

For the last three days, CEIBS professor Jack Wood taught the group about management and leadership, how to make decisions, find each individual's leadership foundations, and how to manage differences using the MBTI. The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is indicating differing psychological preferences and based on the conceptual theory proposed by C.G Jung

In addition, professor Gordon Adler added a different angle about leadership, which was all about communicating effectively and efficiently.

GEMBA: Global EMBA Overseas Electives
GEMBA: Global EMBA Overseas Electives
We send our participants on a global journey, for example, to India.

To excel in the global arena, first-hand experience of the global business environment is imperative. That's why CEIBS has introduced the global elective modules. Participants in the Global Executive MBA program have the opportunity – and the obligation – to choose at least two from seven global elective modules across five continents.

Not only do the global electives give them the chance to experience the global business environment but some electives will also be combined with the Global EMBA program of Spain’s IESE Business School. Thus, they can further expand their networks by interacting with business leaders based all over the world.

Mr. Robert Hartmann is currently studying in the 20-month GEMBA program. He is the General Manager of the Business Unit “Technology” of DKSH Switzerland, a leading market expansion services group with a focus on Asia, and he has participated in several global overseas elective modules. Only recently did he return from a week in India.

Robert, why did you choose the India module?
I have lived for a decade in China which, by the way, is one reason why I have chosen the CEIBS Global Executive MBA Program. India was special to me because I had a China viewpoint and going to India meant going to the other side of the fence.

As for me, I own one part of an industrial zone called Innodel in Basel Area, Switzerland. One of the companies building a factory there is an Indian biotech company. As India is strong in pharmaceuticals, I wanted to know how they work and see whether I could attract additional investors. That's why I wanted to go there personally and understand the investors’ situation.  Looking back, I can say that it was helpful, and I would like to emphasize that it's good that CEIBS has these global programs because that's what it means to be global, and that's the way to do it.

CEIBS promises to provide insights into the economy, the country, and its culture. What's your experience?

All three were met. One can learn most of the economic indicators from computer-based training or from a school bench. But you have to mingle with the people to experience the culture. We went to the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, which is one of the top three business schools in all of India. There we met most knowledgeable professors and more than that, we had a panel with local Indian entrepreneurs. That's where I gained valuable insights into the local start-up scene and had an opportunity to directly interact with highly successful founders.

Besides that, company visits also provided a close link with the economy, I guess?

Indeed. We visited, amongst others, Infosys, IBM Labs, and Tata which, looking back, was my favorite visit.  Tata has become a global brand and gave us a lot of insights. It was interesting to see how Tata is a kind of an anti-model because the company produces and distributes almost anything you can imagine. In relation to the size of the company, the owner is a modest man, and more than that, the company has its own foundation, which owns one-third of Tata’s shares. Another interesting fact is their approach to central services. Central business functions need to sell their services to the group´s business units; that means that their internal services are run as a business.

The week was obviously packed with information. Can you pick your most valuable "take-away"?
I was reminded of the sheer scale of the country and impressed by how entrepreneurial and innovative the business ecosystem is. One of the participants of the panel was the founder of an impact-investing VC fund. He told us that if a product or service will not impact more than 10 million consumers, he is not interested.

It reminded me that the Indian investor who is building his factory in the Innodel high-tech park is preparing for volumes way beyond the 8 million-strong population of Switzerland. He is producing for India, which means he must be able to scale quickly and efficiently. A Swiss-made, precision-engineered and highly automated factory will allow him to do just that.

Finally, did you attend any other global elective so far?
I was also in Sao Paolo and I have been to Israel. Each location has its merits. Brazil has built an impressive melting pot of ethnicities and a strong agricultural sector. Israel has impressed me with its ability to innovate. The India elective has proved especially valuable, since I already have business touchpoints with India and anticipate having more in the future.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
“Origin – fundamentals for the future” – InnoPark Switzerland meets with local secondary schools

As part of our corporate social responsibility activities, the CEIBS Zurich Campus launched a new format. The idea was to bring young apprenticeship seekers together with older, qualified jobseekers. Our first four events were a complete success for all participants. In the near future, the format will also be open to any interested companies.

Millennials represent the future. This generation will shape future working environments to their own requirements. However, the current generation has important experiences and insights. How, then, can these two generations learn and benefit from each other?

That’s why experts from InnoPark Switzerland met with pupils from Zurich secondary schools on the CEIBS Zurich Campus for the fourth workshop "The Future Needs Origin".

Led by Anja Herd, young people entered into an exchange on equal footing with experienced professionals - and vice versa. What can we learn from each other? What can we expect from the working world of tomorrow? In the future, how can the three generations work in harmony?

Using interactive group work, the generations exchanged views on equal terms. Bridges were built, prejudices dismantled and together they developed a common vision for the future of the working world.

Not only do elders have prejudices against adolescents, as one might assume, young people, too, have prejudices against both the adult world and the professional world. The key insight of all those involved was that they have more in common than they have differences. The youngsters were impressed by the fact that the older people did not avoid any conversational taboos; this openness not only pleasantly surprised them, it also helped to deepen the exchange of information.

When discussing the working world of tomorrow, both generations were aware of something: it will be shaped, ultimately, by digitization. Nonetheless, there is a strong conviction among young people that the human factor is an essential component of a sustainable working environment and will therefore remain necessary.

Anja Herde, an expert on intersectoral cooperation, was the presenter of the workshop. Wrapping up the day, she agreed with all participants: "The generational exchange was a complete success and we all agree very positively. We are confident that we can tackle future challenges together and make the world of work a positive one."

Anja has carried out projects with schools and business leaders in cooperation with the Pedagogic High School Zurich and conducted workshops with young people and managers. In addition, she is a project employee at UPJ - Network for Corporate Citizenship and CSR.

InnoPark Switzerland is an organization that improves the employability of highly qualified individuals in an ever-changing professional environment. It offers a broad variety of educational and coaching programs to develop both professional and social skills.

CEIBS Zurich Campus Holds 1st CEO Panel on Chinese Economy
CEIBS Zurich Campus Holds 1st CEO Panel on Chinese Economy
Senior executives from PwC, Nestlé and Fischer AG joined CEIBS Vice President and Dean Prof. Ding Yuan for a panel discussion on the Chinese economy at the Zurich Campus this evening. Moderated by CNN Money Switzerland anchor Martina Fuchs, the event was titled "China after the 19th Party Congress: Intent & Reality - What to Expect" and it attracted more than 70 participants.  

Joining Prof. Ding Yuan on the panel was Felix Sutter, Partner and Head of Asia Business Group at PwC Switzerland, who is also President of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC); Joe Mueller, former head of Nestlé in the greater China region; and Yves Serra, President and CEO of Georg Fischer Ltd.

China's transformation from a manufacturing-based economy to one driven by consumption and services was noted by Prof. Ding Yuan. He also spoke about the growing importance of the emerging market consumers in Asia in driving economic growth around the world. He said he expects that by 2030 there will be around 3 billion middle class consumers in China, Southeast Asia and India. Mr. Mueller said he expected China will soon be one of the world's most sophisticated markets, and he expects that China's economy will remain stable over the next five years.

The differences between the Chinese and the US markets were also discussed. Prof. Ding Yuan said the obvious difference between the two is that the US has always been a free trade nation, but seems to be crawling back from that principle lately, while for China it is the opposite. Mr. Sutter noted that besides these differences, technology is also playing a role in how the two economies are evolving.

Following the panel discussion participants had the opportunity to network while celebrating the Chinese New Year with a buffet of special Chinese dishes.