A Remarkable Start: Class 17 Opening Ceremony
Today, the opening ceremony of Washington University - Fudan University Executive MBA Program was successfully held at the Fudan University School of Management. Over 80 guests attended the ceremony, including management leaders and professors from both Washington University and Fudan University, the new intake WashU-Fudan EMBA Program Class 17 students, as well as the Class 15 and 16 student representatives.
Mr. Paul SHAO, Managing Director for WashU-Fudan EMBA Program, hosted the ceremony and gave the opening remarks and guest introductions. “I hope you will enjoy more opportunities to connect and learn from your classmates; every individual brings in different skillsets, perspectives and industry expertise. This is the privilege that I hope each of you as a student will make out of the most during the program”, said Director Paul SHAO to highlight the quality and strength of this new class, as it is among the top 5 sizable classes of the program history and therefore is special in the context of EMBA education in China.
△ Paul SHAO
Quick Facts about WashU-Fudan EMBA Program Class17:
Class size: 61
Countries/regions represented: 8
Average age: 39.1
Master & Ph.D. holders: 23 (38%)
Director & above: 45 (74%)
Female students: 21 (34%)
Company represented: 60
Industries represented: 18
Admission enquiries: 283
Invited for interview: 76
Selected enrollment: 61
The ceremony began with a welcoming video by Professor Mark TAYLOR, Dean of Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, who welcomed Class 17 to join the global network and family of WashU-Fudan EMBA program, giving his best wishes to this extraordinary and diverse class.
Professor Zhiwen YIN, Associate Dean of the School of Management at Fudan University, and Professor Patrick MORETON, Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate Program of Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, also gave welcoming speeches to the new class.
△ Professor Zhiwen YIN:
“In the next 18 months, there will not only be interactions between the faculty and the students, but also many more interactions between you and your classmates as well as between different programs at Fudan. I hope you harvest the knowledge and also friendships.”
△ Professor Patrick MORETON:
“Our new class is obviously a group of accomplished and talented managers already. What I hope of you from working here at the program is a chance to take your work to the next level and to take bigger challenges – be prepared and really embrace the challenges.”
△ Professor Mingchuan REN
Professor Mingchuan REN from Fudan University’s Accounting Department at the School of Management, extended the welcome and elaborated the significance of learning in this program with a few company examples – the students will be enriched with more discussions on the real business issues in the fast-paced business environment.
Professor Zhiwen YIN and Professor Patrick MORETON proceeded to present University pins to the new students of Class 17.
△ Troy WANG
Mr. Troy WANG, currently the Vice President of Rolls-Royce Commercial (Beijing) Greater China, made a speech as an EMBA Class 17 representative. He shared with his fellows on the importance of joining the program: “We are here to acquire broader knowledge and make an investment to achieve more in the ever-changing dynamics and landscape of business. I hope the faculty members will challenge and stretch us; at the same time, we can share, collaborate, and learn more with each other.”
Mr. Giulio CRACCO, IT & Supply Chain & Engineering Director of Marcegaglia China, also came to speak as a representative of Class 15 alumni during the ceremony. He expressed gratitude to the professors and classmates who have enlightened his learning experiences, and shared a few tips with the new class on how to make the best out of this program.
The program flag was passed from Class 16 (class representative: Ms. Jolin LIU, Business Director of Publicis Worldwide Shanghai) to Class 17 (class representative: Mr. Marc YAO, Project Director of Capitaland China). It represents the program’s official kickoff - Class 17’s new journey has just begun.
After the ceremony, Class 17 representative Marc Yao also shared his thoughts on the upcoming journey and why he chose the program initially. “Rather than programs that primarily focus on networking opportunities, I preferred an EMBA program that has strong academic emphasizes as well. With quite mobilized resources from both Washington University and Fudan University, I feel assured.”
“Of course, balancing life, family and work will be challenging, but it’s an exploring process for us and I look forward to it,” was a comment added by Troy WANG.
The WashU-Fudan EMBA was set up as a pioneer program in the EMBA education across China, and is the first joint program officially approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education in Beijing. With its quality and influence in education, the program has ranked in the top 10 in the global EMBA ranking consecutively for the past 6 years. The program has nourished more than 800 distinguished alumni students and helped them transform today’s business world.
Each month, Olin’s internationally-diverse faculty will journey to Shanghai to teach the EMBA program. Class 17 will also be the first class that travels to the West Coast of US to experience, discuss, and learn from some of the best companies in the world.