UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Xiamen University partners with global OneMBA®


Xiamen UniversityThe Xiamen University School of Management has joined OneMBA®, the only global executive MBA delivered in partnership by five premier international business schools.

UNC Kenan-Flagler is a founding partner school along with EGADE Business School Tecnológico de Monterrey (EGADE Business School) in Mexico, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) in Brazil and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in the Netherlands.

“I am honored and proud for Xiamen University to partner with OneMBA, which over its 12 years has won a reputation as one of the world's most unique and diverse international MBA programs,” said Yifeng Shen, dean of the Xiamen University School of Management (SMXMU). “OneMBA's vision and goals reflect those of Tan Kah Kee, the ‘Henry Ford of Asia,’ who founded Xiamen University and its business program in 1921 with the call to serve China while embracing world cultures. OneMBA offers both an opportunity and a responsibility to carry our century-long vision of embracing global cultures to an entirely new level.”

One of China’s oldest and most successful business schools, Xiamen has three MBA programs ranked in the top 10 in China. Its mission is to pioneer research, cultivate talent, develop management culture and advance social progress. It is located in Xiamen, which is a coastal city in Fujian Province, a Special Economic Zone and a major international shipping center. It also is China’s primary commercial, cultural and academic link with Taiwan.

Xiamen’s School of Management is an innovative and strategic partner, said Jayashankar Swaminathan, OneMBA associate dean at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “The school shares our values, has a long tradition of excellence and brings the expertise and perspectives of their faculty and executive MBA students from one of the most dynamic economies in the world today. We look forward to all five schools collaborating to prepare the next generation of global leaders.”

Founding partner CUHK Business School at The Chinese University of Hong Kong left the consortium, effective June 2014, after a strategic review of its programs. “We appreciate the many valuable contributions CUHK Business School made to OneMBA and its graduates remain part of our powerful global alumni network,” said Doug Shackelford, UNC Kenan-Flagler dean. “We continue our strong relationship with CUHK, notably partnerships with the undergraduate GLOBE® and exchange programs.”

Launched in 2002, the OneMBA network of 1,000 alumni in senior leadership positions reaches to over 50 countries. UNC Kenan-Flagler graduated its 11th class on June 14. The class averaged 13 years work experience at organizations such as Apple, Deutsche Bank, General Electric, and Quintiles. They traveled from multiple states to study in the UNC OneMBA.

UNC Kenan-Flagler also has a strategic partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing. The UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Dual-Degree Program with Tsinghua’s Department of Industrial Engineering, is developing the next generation of supply chain leaders. Its first class will celebrate its graduation in Beijing in October as the schools welcome their third entering class. UNC also partners with Tsinghua through the UNC-Tsinghua Center for Logistics and Enterprise Development and an MBA exchange program.

UNC Kenan-Flagler also collaborates with Peking University, Fudan University, China Europe International Business School and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to offer programs.