IMBA in China an alternative to Western Business Education

By Weng Shao Qi

BEIJING— (23 September—M4Relay) — Studying abroad is a goal for many international students. United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) are the top two destinations for education. In UK, the total number of non-UK students for the academic year 2008/2009 was 368,970 where 101,715 of them applied to Business and Administrative Studies, according to UKCISA.

In US, the Open Doors report put the number of international students for the academic year of 2008-2009 at 671,616 – thus 21 percent of all international students enrolled in Business and Management.

Business and related fields (like logistics, human resources, etc.) are the most popular for the international students. One reason can be that the US and UK have long been dominating the world economy.

The rise of China’s economy has sent a signal to other nations. China has her own way of “how business should be done?” Put simple, if people want to do business with China, it might be a wise option to study in Chinese universities.

Many people still do not know that many Chinese Universities offer MBA’s and other programs (such as International Relations) taught in English.

“At first, I thought studying in Chinese University was far from real because I could not speak Chinese at all – let alone the writing” said Jane, International Student in Tsinghua University.

Some top Chinese universities that offer MBA in English are Tsinghua University, CEIBS (China Europe International Business School), Peking University, and Fudan University.

The tuition fee of those MBA programs is less expensive compared with those MBA programs in US and UK.

Program Tuition Fee
(for entire program)
Tsinghua University IMBA 138,000 RMB
CEIBS IMBA 321,600 RMB *
Peking University BIMBA 205,000 RMB
Fudan University IMBA(MIT) 157,000 RMB
IMBA (S3 Asia) 150,000 RMB

In Fudan University, the S3 Asia MBA program will “provide graduate students the opportunity to receive a high quality business education offered jointly by three leading Universities in three different Asian countries (China, Singapore, and Korea)”

In Peking University, the BIMBA program offers the tailor-made “Understand Chinese” course which helps international students develop cross-cultural business sensibilities and comprehend intricacies of the Chinese business environment and practices. An overview of the Chinese economy provides the foundation for understanding the background of the business environment in China.

Additionally, Tsinghua University will celebrate his 100 years anniversary in 2011 so it might be wise if you can join this celebration and benefit from its perks by becoming a Tsinghua IMBA student.

Leave a Reply