Expanding our footprint in China
On May 5, 2015, we welcomed our inaugural students to the Cornell-
Tsinghua MBA/Finance MBA at Tsinghua University’s PBC School of
Finance in Beijing. It was indeed a momentous and historic occasion
for Johnson. We are proud to be the only U.S. business school at an
Ivy League university to offer a dual-degree, bilingual MBA program
in China, in partnership with one of China’s foremost universities.
This new partnership will strengthen Johnson’s reach and reputation in the world’s second-largest economy. Our alumni base in China, already robust and active in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing, will continue to grow rapidly, facilitating valuable networks among students, alumni, and faculty. China is an interesting country for faculty research; the transformation of its economy presents novel research problems and new questions to be addressed.
For all they have done to get this unique MBA off the ground, I am grateful to Ya-Ru Chen, Johnson Academic Dean of China Initiatives, to Kan Cai, MBA ’96,Tsinghua University’s PBC School of Finance Assistant Dean of International Programs, and to their exceptional teams. Creating this program required — and inspired — innovation and cross-cultural understanding at its best. Read more about this program and our May 5 launch in our cover story, "An MBA for a Globally Integrated Economy".
A focus on China has been a strategic priority, part of our vigorous pursuit to expand Johnson’s global footprint to achieve our vision of being a leader in innovative business education for the connected world. To be prepared to lead in today’s world, we know our students must gain a global perspective as well as hands-on international experience. Through our international student body and global programs, our students learn about the different assumptions, practices, and challenges characteristic to different areas of the world. You can read more about these in "A World of Possibilities".
Johnson faculty who lead international study trips have deep expertise and a network of contacts in the countries they visit with students. Many Johnson faculty are involved in research around the world, ranging from China and Southeast Asia to Latin America, Israel, and the Middle East. Learn more about a few of them and their areas of research in "Global Reach".
One of the very best ways we extend our global reach and reputation is through our alumni, and we are proud of our international community of Johnson alumni; more than 1,500 of our alumni live in nearly 60 countries around the world. Many are influential industry leaders, and you will find profiles about several of them in this issue, including Demir Sabanci in Istanbul, Ming Wong in Hong Kong, Salmaan Jaffery in Dubai, Victoria Chen in Singapore, and Olga Narvskaia, a St. Petersburg native who recently moved to San Francisco after working several years in Moscow.
In launching our new Cornell-Tsinghua MBA/FMBA, Johnson is continuing down a trajectory of innovation that is in our DNA. A Sesquicentennial story about Johnson’s history 1984–2015, "A Legacy of Innovation — Part 2" is a good reminder of that. From hiring influential thought leaders in accounting, economics, marketing, and finance and introducing immersion learning to creating the Parker Center for Investment Research and launching new ways to earn an MBA, Johnson has a rich intellectual history, responsive to the needs of the marketplace and its students. I know that you, our alumni, are proud of it, just as we who serve Johnson are proud to carry that legacy forward.
Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean