MBS Opened New China Centre
Shanghai, 12th November 2013
The grand opening ceremony of Manchester Business School ‘s (MBS) new China centre was held on 12th November in Shanghai. The new office occupies space of over 1,000 square meters, four times larger than the previous one in order to accommodate the growing student body in Shanghai. It is located in the prestigious Shanghai Centre in the central business district of Shanghai. The centre is equipped with first class facilities including audio-visual systems and provides free Internet services to visitors and students.
Professor Keith Brown, Vice President of the University of Manchester along with Professor Fiona Devine, Dean of Manchester business school and Mr Nigel Banister, Chief Global Officer of Manchester Business School made the special trip to China to attend the grand opening ceremony. Mr Matt Burney, Area Director of the British Council delivered a keynote speech at the event. Representatives from MBS partner institutions Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Tongji University together with senior executives from major multinational companies witnessed this new development for MBS in China.
To celebrate the establishment of the new office, a short film had been made to introduce the MBS China Centre. It showed the 5 year milestones of the MBS China Centre from the “Cube” to the well-equipped centre. Nigel Banister thanked all the participants for supporting MBS and emphasised the importance of developing the China centre as one of the strategies of the school’s internationalisation.
Professor Keith Brown was invited to give a keynote speech on behalf of the University of Manchester. He congratulated everyone associated with the MBS China Centre for all they have accomplished in the past years. MBS took the decision in 2008 to open a centre in Shanghai, recognising China's growing importance as an economic power and Shanghai's role as a global financial centre.
Matt Burney as the Area Director of British Council represents the British government, social institutions and organizations delivered an including congratulations to MBS and the China Centre. Matt said that the development and achievements that have been made by MBS is a role model for the British education overseas. He expects more Sino-UK education projects and cultural cooperation in the future.
The highlight of the ceremony was the opening of traditional ‘virtual’ Chinese doors by Professor Keith Brown, Professor Fiona Devine, Mr Nigel Banister and Ms Sherry Fu.
Sherry Fu, Regional Director of Manchester Business School, who is also the founding director of the MBS China centre in her address, explained that the new centre was carefully designed by combining western and eastern styles together with the overall style of MBS in the UK. Ms. Fu said MBS China Centre is committed to provide world-class business education opportunities to the Chinese people, continuously making a contribution to society and development of regional education.