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Business School and the China Europe International Business School Sign Partnership Agreement

9/25/2003 --

University of Michigan Business School Dean Robert J. Dolan and Alfredo Pastor, dean and vice president of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), signed an agreement Sept. 18 at the Business School pledging to work together to develop and deliver advanced business education to senior executives in China.

CEIBS, founded as a not-for-profit organization by the Chinese government and the European Union in 1994, is the first and only independent international business school in China. The CEIBS is ranked by Financial Times as the top executive education provider in Asia and among the top 50 worldwide in its MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Professor Arthur Yeung, executive director of the Business School's Organizational Effectiveness Lab (OEL) in China, says in addition to helping Business School faculty learn about China, the partnership will expand the school's contacts with senior executives, enhance recruiting and visibility in China and build Michigan's global reputation. The OEL was created in 2002 to help organizations in China facilitate change and transformation for worldwide competitiveness.

Pastor says the CEIBS will benefit from the strength of Michigan's faculty, particularly in the areas of growth, transformation and leadership, and the Business School's experience in the area of executive education.

Joint programs slated for 2004 include:

  • The CEO Learning Consortium, which will bring together 25 prominent CEOs from China to learn from each other and Business School and CEIBS faculty members through forums and research projects. Professors C.K. Prahalad and Noel Tichy are among the senior faculty members who will participate in the consortium.
  • An advanced management program will provide business unit's leadership teams with essential executive management skills, including strategic analysis and formulation, advanced corporate finance, marketing and brand management, operation and supply chain management, human resource management, and leadership and change. The six-month program will feature three-day modules each month. Business School, CEIBS and IESE University of Navarra faculty members will lead discussions.

For more information, contact:
Mary Jo Frank
Phone: 734.647.4626