2006 marks the Year of the Dog in the Chinese lunar calendar
and it is also a year that portends great things for the Smith
School in China.
Welcome to Smith’s Newest Alums–the Beijing Class of 2006!
Steve Feld, Smith School executive director and chief operating
officer of professional programs, was on hand to help award
certificates of graduation to the 34 members of Beijing’s EMBA Class
of 2006 in a graduation ceremony on January 22, 2006. Also awarding
certificates was Dr. Zhunmin Chen, the president of Smith’s partner
institution in China, the University of International Business and
Economics. Congratulations and join us in welcoming our most recent
alumni to the Smith community!
China Business Plan Competition Will Soon Launch
The success of last year’s China Business Plan Competition, which
gave Chinese entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete before a panel
of international venture capitalist judges for cash prizes totaling
$45,000, will be followed by the launch of the 2006 China Business
Plan Competition. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and
better with the addition of a thought leadership conference focusing
on the development of entrepreneurship, corporate intrapreneurship
and innovation in the China market. The final round competition and
conference will take place on September 13, 2006. Look for more
information and updates on
Smith EMBA Launches in Shanghai, China
Smith School welcomed the newest members of the Smith global
community in November 2005, with the start of the first Shanghai
Executive MBA (EMBA) cohort in Shanghai. The Shanghai EMBA program
follows the launch of Smith’s Beijing program in January 2003.
The class kicked off with a reception at the Portman Ritz Carlton
on November 17. Present was a mix of American, Chinese and European
students, faculty and friends of the Smith School including Dr. Hugo
De Wit of the Graduate School of Business Administration (GSBA) in
Zürich and Zürich-based students from the recently launched Smith-GSBA
Global Executive MBA program. The group of 10 European students was
present to participate in the first Shanghai EMBA class that took
place the next day.
The European and China-based students held a soccer match after
the final class, organized by Karl Hawkins, one of the students in
the inaugural Smith Shanghai EMBA program. Competition was friendly
and it was clear that the students enjoyed the opportunity to learn
as well as relax together!