The Washington University - Fudan University Executive MBA Program Class 18’s successful opening ceremony took place today at the Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai.
Distinguished speakers included management leaders and professors from both Washington University and Fudan University, the new WashU-Fudan EMBA Program Class 18 students, and student representatives from past classes and the alumni association.
Mr. Paul Shao, Managing Director for the WashU-Fudan EMBA Program, hosted the ceremony and gave the opening remarks.
Dean and Professor Mark Taylor from the Olin Business School and Dean and Professor Xiongwen Lu from the Fudan School of Management both attended the ceremony, and delivered welcome speeches. Dean Taylor emphasized the culture of collaboration the program has successfully set for its environment, encouraging the students to work with their peers who are here to support each other for the rest of their careers. Dean Lu also offered the students valuable advice with his experience of managing the joint-venture program – the only strategy for being successful in the long-term is through the strength of goodwill and cooperation with a mindset of always trying to find solutions to overcome difficulties.
This is the first time Dean Taylor attended the opening ceremony of this program in Shanghai.
Mr. Paul Shao then provided all guests with a summary of the program and new class review. This year, the enrolled elites have demonstrated their excellence in many ways: academically, 30% of them hold a masters or PhD degree; and professionally, 32% of them hold a VP and above position at their respective companies. With a wide range of industries and all types of disciplines, the students also build a highly diverse background of excellence for the program. “We are committed to ‘grow top executives in China to lead and transform today’s global business’,” said Mr. Paul Shao.
President of the China Alumni Association, Washington University in St. Louis, Kevin Xu, also warmly welcomed the new students and provided them fun yet practical suggestions for the upcoming 18-month journey, hoping they would soon join the global alumni club with a size of 800 this year.
Professor Zhiwen Yin, Associate Dean of the School of Management at Fudan University, and Professor Ohad Kadan, Vice Dean of the Olin Business School at Washington University, presented the university pin to Class 18. Class 18 is the largest class since the program started, with 73 students in attendance this year.
Pin presentation to Class 18 student representative Miao Wang.
Mr. Miao Wang, currently the Deputy General Manager Investment Banking Department SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION (CHINA) LIMITED, took center stage to share his outlook of the upcoming journey as an EMBA Class 18 representative. Using his experiences in Japan, he also recalled how he found the program through social media, sharing his eagerness and urging everyone to partner with their fellow collaborators, so they can enjoy this challenging but exciting journey in the most fruitful way.
Mr. Jeffery Pan, Vice President and China Head of Corporate Planning & Investment, General Manager of Jiangsu Region, AIG China, continued to speak as a representative of Class 16 alumni. He shared an inspiring process of achieving success: set up a goal, acquire knowledge continuously, work hard with devotion, and be persistent.
As the opening ceremony came to an end, the new class officially kicked off their journey with the program flag relay.
The program flag was passed from Class 17 (class representative: Ms. Yi Wang, Deputy General Manager of The Bund Business Center, Shanghai Foreign Service Group) to Class 18 (class representative: Mr. Eric Shao, Vice President of Commercial Service at IQVIA).
After the ceremony, Class 18 representative Fei Teng (Digital Regional Finance Director – Asia Pacific & China at General Electric) shared her thoughts on the program from her own perspective.
“ Coming from a finance background and in terms of function, we’re serving more internal customers than external customers, but the environment has changed so rapidly that an external perspective really matters as well. An EMBA is able to provide necessary knowledge in overall external environment and industry, for us to be able to leverage broadly and understand the trends and people better.”
Gaurav Dhamija (currently the Director of Engineering & Product Management Asia Pacific at Belden), also shared why he initially chose this program.
“It was a long process of evaluation for me to look at how an EMBA program fits in my career and my organization. I was encouraged by this excellence in quality of education, and also by looking at the curriculum, case studies, class members…and think of the relationship we’re going to build along the line, as well as the resources we receive from both Fudan and Washington University.”
Excellence of Serving Elites
For many, an EMBA program is an elementary MBA program made easy for busy executives who seemingly have a lot of “free” time. The Washington University-Fudan University EMBA program is different – an executive MBA program, in our definition, represents a higher standard for learning and social activities. The program attracts elites from diverse backgrounds, challenging them with real business cases, creating expertise by studying and sharing, and generating powerful effects immediately to solve the problems they face in real workplace.
Together, the 3 pillars Elites, Expertise, and Effect define the program’s Excellence, and are implemented throughout the entire program journey with a goal to create tangible effects on an executive’s career.
Achievements of the EMBA Program
The Washington University - Fudan University Executive MBA program was established in partnership between the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis and the School of Management, Fudan University – both prestigious education institutions in their countries. Established in 2002, the program is China’s first joint venture in higher business education, preparing senior executives in China, and other parts of Asia, for global leadership.
The international publication Financial Times has ranked the program one of the best in Mainland China since 2006. In 2018, the program ranked number 6 in the FT Global EMBA Ranking, putting it consecutively in the Top 10 for 7 years in a row. We are excited to keep growing and serving our students with excellence as we constantly practice the 3 pillars of: Elites, Expertise, and Effect. Here’s to many more years of success and collaboration!