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BI partners with one of China's top universities

5 April 2017

BI Norwegian Business School and Tsinghua University in Beijing establish a joint programme for educating Chinese entrepreneurs. Tsinghua is one of China's leading universities, placed high on international rankings.

This week BI and Tsinghua are set to sign the official educational partnership agreement between the two schools, for the programme which began in early March.

– I am grateful that Norwegian education gets an even stronger position in China. We are proud of the cooperation we have achieved with our new partner Tsinghua University. Together we have created a unique combination that will benefit Chinese technology entrepreneurs and business leaders in developing innovative business models for the global market, the President of BI Norwegian Business School, Inge Jan Henjesand, said.

"Together we have created a unique combination that will benefit Chinese technology entrepreneurs and business leaders in developing innovative business models for the global market."

Inge Jan Henjesand

President of BI Norwegian Business School

International Perspective

Chinese exports are expanding rapidly, and innovation and entrepreneurship have been important forces behind China's development in recent decades. The programme is designed to increase the rate of development and strengthen businesses that have outgrown the start-up phase.

Participants are managers and entrepreneurs in these firms. Using skilled professionals from both BI and Tsinghua, in addition to mentors from local businesses, they will acquire knowledge and skills to reduce the incubation time for their businesses, and get practical support in the commercialisation and development of business models. The programme runs for 18 months and consists of two to five senior executives from about ten companies.

"As a business school with international ambitions, we emphasize research and educational cooperation highly. The development of a joint education programme, with high international standards, is necessary to compete among the best."

Inge Jan Henjesand

President of BI Norwegian Business School

Success factors

– BI has broad experience in educating leaders in the Chinese market. As a business school with international ambitions, we emphasise research and educational cooperation highly. The development of a joint education programme, with high international standards, is necessary to compete among the best, Henjesand said.

BI has since 1996 had an education partnership with the School of Management Fudan University for the Executive MBA Programme, BI-Fudan. Over the past 20 years we have graduated over 2,000 business leaders in China and most of them are today employees / managers in Fortune 500 companies. The Executive MBA programme is ranked in 39th place of the world's 100 best MBA part-time programmes by the Financial Times.

Facts:

  • BI Norwegian Business School is currently the only Nordic business school delivering undergraduate programmes for the local market in China.
  • Tsinghua University is ranked 2nd best in China by Times Higher Education.
  • The university topped the Financial Times' ranking in 2016 with its EMBA programme with INSEAD.
  • Top alumni of Tsinghua University: Chinese President Xi Jinping and former President Hu Jintao. Nobel Prize winners Tsung-Dao Lee and Yang Chen Ning.

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