Johnson welcomes Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA Students

Dual degree students residential session to include classes and events

Johnson welcomes Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA Studentsinline-block

Today, we are honored to welcome to Johnson, the inaugural class of the Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA program. The 59 students have been looking forward to the first U.S. residential session, which is part of the two year, part-time, dual degree program, based in Beijing, China. The students plan to spend the next two weeks in Ithaca taking classes at Sage Hall, meeting the residential MBA students and enjoying special events and activities. The second U.S. residential session is scheduled for the spring of 2016.

“We’re thrilled to see the dual degree class become well versed in the Johnson experience and expand their horizons,” said Yaru Chen, Academic Dean for China Initiatives and Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management. “The school year has started off strong and the trip to Ithaca is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about Cornell, the American culture and all the outstanding programs and events we offer at Johnson.”

The students visit begins with a “Welcome to Johnson” Sage Social on October 1st, followed by a reception and formal dinner at Johnson Museum on Friday, October 2nd. During the week, students will be taking classes from Professor Michael Waldman, Associate Dean Douglas Stayman, Associate Professor Eric Yeung and Senior Lecturer Risa Mish, on such subjects as economics, management, marketing, accounting and critical thinking.

The last week of their visit students will be treated to a boat tour on Cayuga Lake and dinner at the home of Academic Dean Chen. To help round out their experience, Director of the dual degree, Jerry Wang, will be delivering an introduction on American football, followed by a walk to Schoellkopf stadium to watch Cornell vs. Harvard on October 10th. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in outdoor leadership activities at the Hoffman Challenge Course, provided by Cornell Outdoor Education, the day before they head home to China.

“Johnson is proud to be the first top U.S. business school at an Ivy League university to offer a bilingual degree to students in mainland China,” said Dean Soumitra Dutta. “The launch of this dual-degree program is truly a historic moment in our respective schools’ histories. With China as the second-largest economy in the world, it is an important point in time to collaborate and develop this important partnership to benefit students and executives from both America and China.”

The Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA is aimed at aspiring managers in financial companies with high potential and demonstrated leadership qualities and executives in other types of firms with work experience in finance and accounting. They are people who want and need to achieve both a deeper level of financial expertise and also master general management skills practiced both within and outside of China.
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