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CEIBS Establishment

About CEIBS

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) was co-founded by the Chinese government and European Union (EU) in 1994, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the EFMD serving as its executive partners. CEIBS has campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Accra in Ghana, and Zurich in Switzerland.

As China’s only business school to originate from government-level collaboration, CEIBS is committed to educating responsible leaders versed in “China Depth, Global Breadth” in line with its motto of “Conscientiousness, Innovation and Excellence”. Leaders from the Chinese central government and the EU, respectively, have lauded CEIBS as “a cradle of excellent executives” and “a role model of EU-China co-operation”.

CEIBS offers MBA, Finance MBA, EMBA, Global EMBA, Hospitality EMBA, and Executive Education programmes (Programmes Overview). CEIBS was the first business school on the Chinese mainland to be accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB. In 2019, it became the first school in Asia to have both its MBA and EMBA programmes ranked in the top five in the world by the Financial Times. In 2020, CEIBS was ranked #2 globally in the Financial Times’ list of the top EMBA programmes and #5 in the world in its list of top MBA programmes.

Amongst the best in Asia, CEIBS’ faculty team is uniquely equipped to deliver a combination of China Depth and Global Breadth in both teaching and research. Nearly 70 full-time faculty members represent more than 10 countries and regions worldwide. They bring a wealth of experience from teaching, research and business practice. CEIBS has featured prominently for six consecutive years in the category of Business, Management and Accounting on Elsevier’s list of Most Chinese Cited Researchers, an indicator of the school’s research capabilities in these fields.

Initiated by CEIBS, the Global Platform of China Cases has compiled over 1,000 China-focused cases, laying a solid foundation for providing China-specific knowledge. The school’s research, which is in the top tier of authoritative rankings, combines the latest theory with practical knowledge. Its research centres keep abreast of ever-changing business practices in vital areas.

To date, CEIBS has more than 24,000 alumni from over 80 countries worldwide, and has provided a broad range of management programmes for nearly 200,000 executives both at home and abroad.

Each year, in dozens of major cities across Asia, Europe and Africa, CEIBS harnesses global insights and wisdom to host high-end academic and industry forums.

Over the past 26 years, CEIBS has grown in tandem with the Chinese economy. In the years ahead, the school will continue to emphasise the innovation, transformation, and globalisation of the Chinese economy in order to facilitate global economic co-operation.

CEIBS Partners

At the establishment of CEIBS, the signing parties on the official founding contract were Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). These organisations continue to provide the institutional guarantees that make CEIBS a centre of excellence in business management and research within Asia and worldwide.

Over a hundred years old, Shanghai Jiaotong University is one of the leading universities in China. It has extensive and long-standing contacts with businesses in the country, and is thus able to facilitate CEIBS’ relations with the Chinese corporate world.

EFMD, based in Brussels, Belgium, is a global, non-profit, membership driven organization dedicated to management development. Recognized globally as an accreditation body for business schools, business school programmes and corporate universities. With the support of more than 900 members across over 90 countries and regions, EFMD acts as a catalyst to promote and enhance excellence in management development globally.