UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Chinese executives start MBA classes at UNC


China Class MBA

Chapel Hill, N.C. – The inaugural class of the UNC-Tsinghua Dual Degree EMBA Program has started studies at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

The UNC-Tsinghua Dual Degree EMBA Program, designed to develop global supply chain leaders, began in October at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Students will earn a master of business administration (MBA) from UNC and a master of engineering management (MEM) from Tsinghua. One-third of the business classes will be taught in Beijing and two-thirds will be taught in Chapel Hill. At Tsinghua, classes meet once a month, Friday to Sunday.

The 22 students are Chinese mid- to senior-level executives and supply chain managers in global enterprises, state-owned enterprises and private firms. The class includes four women and averages 19 years of work experience.

They arrived in Chapel Hill on March 16. Their courses at UNC Kenan-Flagler include operations management, global marketing management, analytical tools, macroeconomics, management communications, global supply chain management, strategy in a global arena and virtual teaming. This session runs March 18-31 at UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Rizzo Conference Center.

“Opening this program in Chapel Hill is an historic moment for UNC,” said James W. Dean Jr., UNC Kenan-Flagler dean. “We are proud and honored to partner with Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, to offer a new model for preparing executives in China to be global leaders.”

The EMBA students will visit companies, meet with the North Carolina Chinese Business Association and Tsinghua Alumni Association of North Carolina and hear from industry experts.

The program also includes the study of logistics hubs around the world. Before they arrived in Chapel Hill they flew to Dubai, where they visited the Emirates Mega Terminal, DNATA cargo facility, DP World Center and Jebel Ali Port, and saw the Al Maktoum Airport development site. They also will travel to Seattle and tour the Boeing Flight Center, Everett Facility and the Port of Tacoma before they return to China on April 4.

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan is associate dean of the UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Program and the GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations at UNC Kenan-Flagler. The program grew out of the research collaboration between UNC professor Noel Greis and Tsinghua professor Cai Linning. They co-founded the UNC-Tsinghua Center for Logistics and Enterprise Development in 2007.

For more information, see the original press release announcing the program: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/news/2013/01/tsinghua