Tag: Shanghai



Mei Ye, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company.

The theme today for the EMBA 45 class in Shanghai was “China is Big.” China has a big population, big cities, big opportunity. Everything in China is BIG. Class was held on the campus of Fudan University, Olin’s partner school in Shanghai – the second largest city in China with more than 27 million residents.

Mei Ye, a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, emphasized China’s size as she talked about the country’s newest five year plan. The first leg of the plan is a directive for a healthier China—improvements in air, food, and water. By 2030, Ms. Ye says an additional 800 million Chinese will enter the middle class.

We finished our time at Fudan University with Bee Lan Tan, CEO of Columbia Health-China. She gave a comprehensive overview of the challenges and political structure of China’s Healthcare sector. Ms. Tan says with the demand for better healthcare increasing from the rapidly expanding middle class, healthcare is the sector to be in.

Click photos to expand gallery:

Guest blogger: Cory Barron, Student Services Manager, EMBA team




EMBA student in Shanghai

On day two in China, EMBA-45 was amazed by the high-tech efficiency and vastness of the Beijing Hyundai plant.

In China, Hyundai produced over a million cars for Chinese customers in 2015. Hyundai is an example of a foreign-owned company going into partnership with the Chinese Government in order to get a piece of the Chinese market. It is now the fourth most popular selling auto brand in China.

In the afternoon, the EMBAs were invited through a side gate to the United States Embassy. After an airport-type security check, the cohort was ushered into a conference room for a briefing.

Cathy Feig, U.S. Foreign Commercial Services, explained the challenges and possibilities of doing business in China. Following her presentation, the EMBAs were given a tour of the artworks on display throughout the Embassy office building and grounds.

Day three was a travel day. High speed rail from Beijing to Shanghai.

In the evening we took the hour long river cruise to see the city lights.

EMBA students visit Hyundai plant EMBA students visit Hyundai plant EMBA students outside the Hyundai plant EMBA students visit Hyundai plant EMBA alum boarding high-speed train EMBA students travel on high-speed train EMBA student and professor EMBA student working on train EMBA students talking on train Chinese lettering EMBA student takes a photo Students take a boat tour Shanghai EMBA student watched light show EMBA students take a boat tour
Andrew Gulovsen, EMBA-45 and Sekhar Nadella, EMBA-45 at the Hyundai briefing.

Guest blogger: Cory Barron, Student Services Manager, EMBA team




Day One of the EMBA Class 45 residency in China. Gorgeous weather. Blue skies and low pollution ratings. All the 45s are well and staying out of dark alleys.

Our first day was to explore the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

Because the National People’s Congress is holding its annual session, security is tight
in Beijing with added soldiers and restrictions at Tiananmen Square.

Enjoy the photos from the first full day in China:

EMBA 45 explores the Great Wall of China   EMBA 45 explores the Great Wall of China   EMBA 45 explores the Great Wall of China   EMBA 45 explores the Great Wall of China   Soldiers in Beijing The Forbidden City   The Forbidden City   EMBA student explores the Forbidden City   The Forbidden City   Students resting in the Forbidden City   The Forbidden City
Jared Hoover, EMBA 45-Denver, and his wife, Kristin Hoover, face an uphill battle in their hike of the Great Wall of China.

Guest blogger: Cory Barron, Student Services Manager, EMBA team




Olin alum Thomas Cheong, EMBA

When Thomas Cheong, EMBA-Shanghai Class 13, entered the Washington University–Fudan University Executive MBA program, he had already been working for 20 years, becoming a CFO at age 32 and a CEO by age 40.

“I wanted to go back to school to recharge and learn new skills to prepare for bigger roles in the second half of my career,” he says. He chose the program because of the reputation of the universities and the opportunity to learn concurrently from a Chinese and American university.

“The professors at both schools were top-notch,” Cheong says. Even today he sits in on lectures when he has time, thanks to the program’s lifelong learning provision.

After graduating, Cheong became a CEO at an asset management company in Taiwan. There, he doubled the company’s assets under management in one year by building a strong team, developing a strategic plan for the future and forging productive relationships.

“All the stuff I learned during the EMBA program was put to good use,” he says.

“I am thankful that the EMBA program—particularly its courses on leadership, strategic thinking, innovation and marketing—has prepared me well for my current role.”

From there, he was recruited to be vice president of North Asia for Principal Financial Group, one of the largest pension asset managers in the U.S. and South America. They were looking to grow their operations in Asia. Now, more than 500 individuals report to Cheong.

“I am thankful that the EMBA program—particularly its courses on leadership, strategic thinking, innovation and marketing—has prepared me well for my current role,” Cheong says. “And the friendships and support of fellow participants and the mentorships of professors have also helped me a lot.”

This article previously appeared in Asia Extra. You can read the full profile here

Article written by Rosalind Early

Image: Thomas Cheong, EMBA-Shanghai Class 13, with his son.




I recently had the opportunity to visit China for graduate programs admissions interviews.  It was wonderful to meet so many amazing prospective students from this part of the world and learn more about this beautiful country. (more…)


Olin Business School Blog Olin Business School Blog