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Sino-German MBA equips global executives with vital skills at Tongji
Sep-22-2015

 5th institution

on the Financial Times’ list of top global business schools for customized executive education
 
What they say
 
“If there is to be a German Harvard, it will probably be in Manheim.”
 
Handelsblatt
 
“Mannheim Business School is generally reckoned to be Germany’s leading business school.”
 
The Economist
 
“Germany’s leading higher education institution for business and economics.”
Times Higher Education
 
 
In line with the ever-strengthening economic and cultural relations between China and Germany, a Sino-German executive education program is preparing professionals for more international challenges.
 
Shanghai-based Tongji University School of Economics and Management (SEM) and the Mannheim Business School in Germany jointly established the Executive MBA program in 2010.
 
Tongji SEM is renowned for its academics, cutting-edge research and teaching excellence, especially for the engineering and manufacturing industries. 
Mannheim Business School, an umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is a leading business school in Germany. 
 
Earlier this year, the Financial Times listed MBS among the world’s top business schools for customized executive education.
 
MBS was ranked fifth on the list for its customized programs, which are tailored and implemented by business schools to meet the specific needs of a company.
 
MBS said its success in gaining the ranking was due to the excellent assessments given by corporate clients. In six out of ten categories, MBS was listed among the three best institutions. In the categories of faculty, teaching methods and materials and follow-ups, MBS achieved a top ranking from the 85 global institutions included in the Financial Times list.
 
“The Tongji-Mannheim EMBA program has combined the two institutions’ strengths. It provides senior executives from around the world with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for international top management and dealing with more business challenges,” said Professor Huo Jiazhen, the dean of Tongji SEM.
 
The program features business education with Chinese and European perspectives. It focuses on Chinese and European business challenges from intercultural perspectives and achievements of cross-border understandings in practice.
 
Participants in the program have access to world-class faculty and business speakers from top enterprises in Sino-European markets, said Professor Huo. 
There are six modules in the program that cover various management subjects with three in Mannheim and three in Shanghai. Each module has four different hard and soft skill courses taught in English by faculty from both countries. 
 
Tongji-Mannheim EMBA Program is designed to maximize the benefits of learning experience while keeping within the constraints of an individual business schedule. Three different study options offer a maximum of flexibility to undertake the EMBA program, with the first module to the last, with courses starting in March or September and some other options available.
 
The program integrates innovative theory and practical cases. It invites renowned practitioners to add expertise to courses to teach theories in the classroom and meet practical demands.
 
The program established a Program Board with global companies, who ensure the program direction, quality control and strong support from industries and governors. Regular company visits are organized as an integral part of each module and the Sino-German Business Insights Forum is held for exchange of ideas.
 
Another highlight of the program is its multiplicity of cultures and experiences. Participants receive peer-to-peer learning through the highly diverse classes. 
 
According to school data, more than 60 percent of participants in the program are foreign executives from all over the world.
 
The program offers small classes, which help foster group discussions to reflect the diversity of perspectives. Networking opportunities are maximized with continuously changing class constellations, according to the school.
 
Currently, a series of free open classes is being held for the public in Tongji, including Operation and Supply Chain Management, Managing Performance, Corporate Governance and Organizational Design. 
 
People interested in the program can visit http://emba.tongji.edu.cn for more information.