Education Special: BiMBA: Chinese views, global resources

By Zhao Bian (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-12-08 07:55

Susana Vajjlo recently sent a letter of thanks to BiMBA's career development department because her studies and experience at the school helped the South American find a good job.

BiMBA's global resources and Chinese view have proven to be advantages for its international students to win in the job market.

The program boasts a strong team of Chinese and international teachers and mentors.

Some are professors from renowned business schools in North America such as Fordham University and Austin University, or from European schools including the Vlerick-Luven-Gent Management School.

All the full-time foreign professors have PhD degrees and their research covers many fields of management.

The foreign professors bring with them both theoretical knowledge and abundant practical experience.

As well, most of the Chinese professors in the BiMBA program graduated from top universities in the United States, where they acquired a deep understanding of Western-style education and have stable relationships with many renowned scholars in the world. Through these Chinese professors, foreign scholars are frequently invited to BiMBA to lecture.

Chinese views

While focusing on internationalized training, BiMBA also introduces China's latest social and economic development to international students to help them learn about the nation's economy at various levels.

Among the MBA courses, one on the Economic Regulatory Environment in China taught by Professor Zhou Qiren and China's Economic Reform and Development by Professor Justin Yifu Lin are the most popular.

To meet enterprises' increasing requirements for leadership training, BiMBA invited Professor John Zhuang Yang to give lectures on corporate leadership to train leaders with far-sighted vision and executive ability.

In addition, BiMBA invited Professor Yao Yang to teach on China's economic development in light of the nation's current economic environment. While intensifying business training, BiMBA also offers Chinese language and culture courses to international students to provide them with more abilities for their future development in China.

In addition to using an international team of trainers, BiMBA has also adopted more internationalized training methods such as case studies to help students master comprehensive business skills.

An in-company consultancy project is one of the innovative courses, requiring students to complete their projects offering consultation to specific enterprises in two months, providing students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in practice.

Another initiative of BiMBA is to invite senior managers from renowned domestic enterprises to give lectures and share their experience on multinational operation.

The program regularly holds business forums featuring diverse forms and various topics.

Networking platform

To help international students have a better career development, BiMBA has also established a communication and networking platform through which students can seek classmates with the same ambition to jointly develop businesses.

Many students in BiMBA already have sufficient working experience, and the extensive alumni network of BiMBA can further help them in building business relations.

Laura Johnson from the United Kingdom and Norasedth Thienprasiddhi from Thailand knew each other through the BiMBA communications and became business partners by setting up the Leap International Children's English Training Center in Beijing after graduation. The firm has seen steady growth in recent years and it is now extending its business to the publishing sector.

(China Daily 12/08/2009 page4)