Business Schools

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business


Founded by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, Cheung Kong offers a one-year general MBA with a China-centric curriculum and a two-year MBA in finance

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One of the most salient assets of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is its founder, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing. The business magnate's financial support has allowed Cheung Kong, founded in 2002, to catch up and compete head-on in less than a decade with far more established schools like the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and Tsinghua University. This has also helped Cheung Kong recruit rock-star entrepreneurs like Alibaba (ALBIY) Chief Executive Officer and Founder Jack Ma for its China CEO program, quickly bringing Cheung Kong an elite group of alumni. A stand-alone graduate school of business like CEIBS, Cheung Kong has nearly 30 full-time faculty that are able to devote all their time to the MBA program. The school has been

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Vital Stats

Cheung Kong

Locations:

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

Programs:

MBA

Program Length:

1 year

Average GMAT:

680

Work Experience:

6 years

Female:

44%

International:

28%

able to attract professors from such institutions as Wharton (Wharton Full-Time MBA Profile) and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business (Booth Full-Time MBA Profile). They teach a curriculum that draws from both Asia and the West, including unique China courses such as one on Confucian Humanism. "We want to be a top business school for all of East Asia, not just China," says Patrick Groom, the MBA program's international marketing and admissions manager. "So we have our students learn from business models of successful South Korean and Japanese companies in addition to Chinese and Western case studies." Intense Interest in Finance

While offering a one-year general MBA, Cheung Kong, more so than any other Chinese business school, leans heavily toward finance. Around 45 percent of graduates of the English MBA program take finance-related jobs, a higher percentage than any other top Chinese program, and Cheung Kong now offers a two-year MBA that provides more finance-related courses in addition to the general curriculum. That program is taught in Chinese, but many of the faculty also teach in the English-language general MBA program. But Cheung Kong is by no means a program just for finance majors. Iris Qin, a class of 2011 student, is looking to go into marketing after graduation. "I am impressed by Cheung Kong's unique China perspective and its dedicated China Module, with a holistic view on today's domestic market," says Qin. "Additionally the executive forums and EMBA-MBA joint activities provide me with a great platform to better understand the management styles of today's top Chinese [business] leaders." The China Module is a group of courses that give students a chance to see how Chinese companies work and to grasp the challenges they face operating in the domestic market. The module is a major draw for both foreign and Chinese students, all trying to get a better understanding of the often inscrutable inner workings of the country's economy. "The reality is that China is different in many ways from anywhere else," says Teng Bingsheng, a professor and associate dean of the MBA program. "So we've got a collection of elective courses that focus on the key differences of this environment. The China Module represents the culmination of years of work by our professors and research fellows to create case studies that can help students understand the main aspects of Chinese business."

Scrimenti is a freelance writer for Businessweek.com. A graduate of George Washington University with a BA in history, Scrimenti writes for the English-language edition of the Global Times in Beijing. He previously wrote for Fortune Times, a Chinese language publication. Fluent in Mandarin, Scrimenti also works as a translator for Pan Media Corp. and ChinaGeeks, a Chinese news and analysis web site.

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