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Joint EMBA provides global perspectives



 With the expansion of economic and trading cooperation between China and Germany, high-level executive business education will help cultivate more skilled professionals to respond to changing international developments and challenges.

Shanghai-based Tongji University School of Economics and Management and the Mannheim Business School in Germany jointly established an executive MBA program in 2010.
The Mannheim & Tongji EMBA program includes intercultural perspectives in its business education, integrating innovative theory and many practical cases. This has gained wide attention from the business community and attracted a number of senior executives to the program. 
“An EMBA program is a great opportunity to shape one’s career in a fast-turning and globalized world,”said Matthias Schmitt, global vice-president of build for lines of business solutions & analytics at SAP SE and a participant in the program. His company has also formed a partnership with the Mannheim & Tongji EMBA program.
“Nowadays, companies need global leaders with a global network, emotional intelligence and intercultural competence that of course needs to be mixed with effectiveness in terms of business process and business model design. Those aspects are all covered by the Mannheim & Tongji EMBA program and supported by theory lectures as well as a high share of practical team exercises and case studies,” Schmitt said, adding that the program provides an extraordinary opportunity to explore the Chinese business world combined with the German way of doing business. 
Matthias Schmitt, 
global vice-president of build for lines of business solutions and analytics at SAP SE and a participant in the program
 Jiang Jingfang,
vice-president of Bosch chassis systems control division in China and a participant in the program 
“My feeling and observation is that there are many familiarities between China and Germany on the one hand and the complementary fit of both sides on the other. Hence I don’t believe that it happened accidentally that many joint ventures are China-German ones. These aspects are perfectly reflected in this program and thus I value it very highly,” he said. 
The program consists of six modules, with three in Mannheim and three in Shanghai. The modules cover various business and management subjects, and each module has further four different hard and soft skill courses that are taught in English by faculties from both countries. 
In addition, world-class faculty and business figures from leading enterprises in the Sino-European markets are invited to share their expertise with the classes.
A program board was also established with a number of global companies involved, which will oversee the program direction, quality control and support from industries and governors.
The school also carried out company visits and hosted a range of forums, which aim to increase the understanding of various industries inspire participants.
Other highlights of the program include its highly diverse cultures and small class size. School data shows that more than 60 percent of participants in the program are executives from around the world, and the small classes allow the diversity of perspectives to be fully conveyed. 
“The study helps my decision making process become more structured and systematic,” said Jiang Jingfang, vice-president of Bosch chassis systems control division China, who is enrolled in the program. “In daily life, sometimes it can happen that you make decisions just based on your passion or personal interests. I will adopt my learning into my daily practices, and although there may be no immediately visible changes, I believe they will have a long-term impact for me.”
Jiang said the EMBA program not only helps her gain comprehensive knowledge of business strategy and management but also widens and even changes her perspectives, in areas that she was not familiar with in her daily work, and provides new insights into her profession. 
“For more than 15 years, I have been working with Bosch, a multinational company with headquarters in Germany. I prefer to study in this program, a ‘hybrid’ of German and Chinese training programs, which is unique from many other EMBA programs,” she said.