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Alliance Manchester Business School Wins Dual Awards for Business Education 2017

On 12th December, “Manchester Global Part-time MBA” was awarded “Most Innovative MBA” at the Best Education of China Awards. The annual celebration of outstanding education institutes and educators were held at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. The Best Education of China Awards was considered the education award of year organized by China Internet News Centre to honour professionals that have made great contribution in the education industry across levels, specialty and regions. The entire event was set up to recognize and appreciate the great work that education workers from remote primary school teachers to heads of distinguished universities. As the solo overseas institute, it is a great honour for UoM China Centre to be invited to this event.

The University of Manchester China Centre Director, Ms. Sherry Fu, joined representatives from a selective group of institutions, well-known educators and education entrepreneurs at the annual award ceremony.

Providing Professionals with the Best Global Education Resources

Alliance Manchester Business School was the only overseas business school to attend Tencent Annual Education Awards. “It is an honour for the School and for me personally to be respected for the work the University of Manchester has been doing.” said Ms. Sherry Fu, “Since coming to China in 2008, we have one of the largest Global Centres, and over 1000 alums and current students have been studying with China Centre on the Global MBA programme.”

With 6 international centres, Manchester Global MBA aims to provide students with the most global experience. Students can choose from Manchester, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Sao Paolo and Shanghai for part of the programme.

The Manchester Legacy

“Learning by doing” is at the heart of Manchester philosophy, where students are in contact with the most up-to-date business cases while also taking on a structured way of learning based on theories and methodologies. “The Manchester Method” blends in face-to-face learning with the flexibility of studying from distance. Students can fit study around their busy schedule of professional life and still maximize the benefit of and international business education.

Promoting Cross-border Business Education

The University of Manchester China Centre was established in 2008, originally responsible for bringing Manchester Business Schools blended learning courses to China. It officially reopened as The University Manchester China Centre on 25th September 2016 by President and Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell.

China Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu was the founding Director of the Centre in 2008. At the Best Education of China Awards, Sherry was awarded as “Leader in Business Education”. It is her firm belief that “education is meant to focus on the future”. She has been actively involved in Social Responsibility activities. During the past year, Sherry was invited as public speaker to Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing, Sanya, Inner-Mongolia to share her experience in bringing overseas education to China.

In April 2017, as the co-author of “Future Vision Dairy”, she shared her personal journey in the establishment and growth of the University of Manchester China Centre. Expressly, Sherry aspires to explore into future possibilities of education with thought leaders and visionary figures.

Recognized as Outstanding Business School by Tencent Education

Just one day after Best Education of China Awards, on 13th December 2017, Alliance Manchester Business School received “Most Valued Business School 2017 award” from Tencent Education. Sherry was personally awarded “Annual Leading Figure in Business Education”

It is the fifth consecutive year that Manchester MBA programme was awarded by Tencent Education, where the nominated institutions are voted via Weibo, blogs and other online platforms, using criteria such as size of the class, student profiles, faculty, and increment of salaries after graduation. Ms. Sherry Fu was also invited to join the panel discussion for her view on Chinese business education, “We pride ourselves in our global coverage and practicality. Our students are in contact with the most up-to-date business scenario from day one while being taught by our Manchester faculty in several international locations.”

The University of Manchester China Centre was established in 2008, originally responsible for bringing Manchester Business Schools blended learning courses to China. It officially reopened as The University Manchester China Centre on 25th September 2016 by President and Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell. Courses accessible include Part-time MBA Programmes, and collaborative programs with Shanghai Tong Ji University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Soon to be launched and brought to China, there will be a selection of distance-learning specialist Masters programmes.

UoM China Annual Dinner and CSR Forum

On December 7th 2017, the University of Manchester China Centre First Social Responsibility Forum was held in Shanghai, hosted by China Centre and Development and Alumni Relations Office at the University of Manchester. Ms. Sherry Fu, the University of Manchester China Centre Director, moderated the forum. Distinguished panelists include: Professor Fiona Devine OBE FAcSS FRSA (Head of Alliance Manchester Business School and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester), Professor Peter Mao (President of Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association UK Branch), Mr. David Percival MBE (Chairman of Manchester China Forum and the Managing Director of Deloitte’s China International Business Development Group), and Mr. Ian Crawford (Senior Alumnus at the University of Manchester and Vice Chair at The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai CSR Committee). They shared views and experiences of implementing social responsibility projects in university, enterprise and society.

As one of many ways the forum has discussed in terms of how to effectively give to charity, the University of Manchester China Centre Social Responsibility Forum Committee reaches out to charity Home Sweet Home ( which provides care and support to special needs groups through employment and training programmes. By working with the charity in designing and printing t-shirts and caps special for the forum, the committee strives to assist those craftsmen with special needs integrate back in the community.

Head of AMBS Prof. Fiona Devine Visit China to Strengthen Partnerships and to Receive “Big Ben Award” for Manchester MBA

Professor Fiona Devine, Head of Alliance Manchester Business School paid a visit to China this December. Together with Deputy head of AMBS, Professor Stuart Hyde, Global MBA Director, Mr. Xavier Duran, the group visited long-term partners and joined China Centre alumni annual dinner in Shanghai.



Shanghai Jiaotong University has been in long-term partnership with The University of Manchester. Antai School of Economics and Management and Alliance Manchester Business School jointly delivers SJTU-UoM Joint DBA Program, an innovative and rigorous program, not only meets students’ desire for a doctoral degree, but also integrates academic strength at home and abroad in order to develop top entrepreneurs and executives in China with a global outlook.


During the visit, the group scheduled to visit Renmin University of China. Professor Mao, Dean of Renmin Business School warmly welcomed Prof. Fiona Devine. During the meeting the two professors discussed different forms of cooperation in the following years to come.


Another strategic partner, the University of Indiana has also been in close relations with Manchester. Kelley School of Business jointly delivers part-time MBA programme with Alliance Manchester Business School. Kelley is Ranked No.1 for online MBA education in the US while AMBS is the top 30 business school in the world with six centers globally. Together, the schools offer a combined legacy of nearly 150 years of innovation in business and management education. During Prof. Devine’s visit, the group visited University of Indiana’s China Office and discussed aspects of partnership with Mr. Steven Yin, China Representative of the University. 


On 8th December, the University of Manchester China Centre hosted its alumni annual dinner in Lujiazui. Prof. Fiona Devine warmly greeted alums at the event. The alumni dinner was highlighted with the award ceremony of the “Big Ben Awards” 2017 in China, where the Manchester MBA programme received the “Golden Mulberry Award” for “The Most Respected MBA Programme”. On behalf of the school Prof. Devine received the award presented by Mr. Christopher Dunn from British Consulate and Mr. JunCheng Li, who established the award.


The University of Manchester China Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu was personally awarded “Top 10 Overseas Illustrator Award” for her continuous outstanding contribution in Sino-British education and cultural relations. The alumni dinner also witnessed the gathering of Manchester Alums in East China.

Professor Clive Agnew first visit UMW China Centre

On 14th November, Professor Clive Agnew, Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students of  the University of Manchester visited The University of Manchester China Centre, the first University of Manchester Worldwide (UMW) overseas Centre. Joining the Professor was Professor Elaine Ferneley, Director of UMW, Mr. Richard Cotton, Head of Student Recruitment and Outreach and Ms. Sherry Fu, China Centre Director.


The group visited Ministry of Education (MoE) in Beijing during the visit to discuss how The University of Manchester could act with a stronger positive influence in the activities in China.

Part of the work that the University has been doing is forming and maintaining cooperative relations with local Partners.  Shanghai Tongji University has long been in a firm mutually beneficial relationship with UoM. Manchester Global MBA Project Pathway is jointly delivered by the two Partners. The group had a formal meeting with Professor Chen Song, Deputy of School of Economics and Management (SEM) at Shanghai Tongji University.


Formerly Manchester Business Worldwide Co. Ltd, the new entity as University of Manchester Worldwide Co. Ltd was formed on 1st August this year. Professor Elaine Ferneley was appointed as Director of UMW. China Centre was first established in 2008 and became the first Centre to be renamed by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor in September 2016.

Currently at China Centre, a list of University Of Manchester Porgrammes is being supported. This includes Manchester Global MBA, Tongji-Manchester Global MBA and Kelley-Manchester Global MBA.  A doctorate programme in Business Administration is also being jointly delivered with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in addition to the Masters courses. To enrich the University’s offerings, a list of other courses both online and blended is anticipated to be incorporated into the current selections. For detailed course information and more about UoM China Centre, please visit



GAMBA delegates enjoyed 2nd residential workshops in Shanghai

25 Global Accelerated MBA delegates from Manchester, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong attended their second residential workshops - OCV and S&C from 7-10 Sept in Shanghai.

During their workshop, China Centre and AMBS alumni office jointly organised executive talk by Mr. Phil Roebuck, executive director of the British Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai. Phil gave students a brilliant talk about the challenges and opportunities in China, introduced nowadays China society background and expanded on company business strategies and plans in China. About 20 delegates joined this talk and showed strong interest in doing business in China and had enthusiastic interaction with the speaker.

UoM Beijing Alumni Christmas Gathering

On 14th Dec, UoM Chirstmas gathering was organized in Woker's Statium in Beijing. A light buffet was arranged in a bar-styled restaurant by the Centre. Joining the group, there were new students from the new Jan 2018 intake and long-time alums that have been actively involved in alumni communitiy in Beijing. The event was well received and provided a perfect opportunity for waming-up and networking among the Beijing students and alumni.

China Centre co-organized the UK-China Entrepreneurship & Innovation Forum

On 18th Nov, the University of Manchester China Centre co-organized the UK-China Entrepreneurship & Innovation Forum with British Chamber Shanghai and E-startup. Ms. Sherry Fu, Director of the University of Manchester China Centre, was invited to discuss with audience education about and for entrepreneurs and innovation as academic fields in university curricula. During the Q&A sessions, Ms. Sherry Fu gave advice on how to tackle obstacles to entrepreneurship and welcomed audience to try out induction modules offered at China Centre. As Sherry emphasized, classmates can sometimes become partners when starting a company and classrooms are often incubators for good business ideas

Joint Discussion with Universities on Non-Violent Discussion

On 18th Nov, Tilman Rieger, a certified executive coach,was invited to share with alumni on the importance of non-violent communication. Alumni from AMBS, UBC, University of Hong Kong, and Jiao Tong University attended the forum and engaged in heated discussion on the issues of violent behaviors they observed or experienced in everyday communication. Tilman illustrated through examples and case studies that non-violent communication can be a great way to support you with positive intentions because it has the power to transform your life and life of the people around you while developing an attitude of mutual respect. Alumni worked in teams to think of how to convey a critical or difficult message in a constructive and less costly manner and Tilman gave detailed feedback on pros and cons in each approach. In the 3-hour talk, heated debate revolved around topics such as across-cultural communication and meditation effects between conflicting parties.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell Hosts Alumni Dinner

On 6th September 2017, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, President and Vice-Chancellor, hosted Shenzhen alumni dinner to mark her second visit of the year to China where not long ago she hosted another well-received alumni dinner in Beijing. More than 200 alumni and their guests from around China gathered at reunion and networked with friends old and new. 


Strategic Management Taster

As a value-added offering to current students and potential candidates to the Global MBA programme, in China Centre we traditionally invite tutors to deliver taster sessions of the MBA programme. On 6th Sep Strategic Management taster was deliver by Dr. Rick Audas. As one of the key element looking into strategies and behavior of firms in various types of markets, the session welcomed a great turnout of candidates and interested students to take on this course.


Operationalising and Communicating Values Taster

On 13th Sep, Operationalising and Communicating Values taster session was hosted by Dr. Alison Ashton, one of the most popular academics among Global MBA students. The new course perfectly focuses on the inter-play of Operations with Marketing; what independently weight they bear in the running of an organization and how they both work interact. The session was very well received with interesting discussion at the end.


Leadership Taster

On 11th Oct, China Centre welcomed Regional Director for Brazil to deliver a taster on one of the electives, Leadership. Ever year, an extensive list of optional modules are offer for students to study during their second year of the programme .Leadership was one of the popular ones, together with courses such as Negotiation, Digital Marketing, Big Data, Strategic Management and many more. Let us extend our gratitude towards the tutors that have delivered the sessions! 


Mad for Manchester

They say Manchester has everything but a beach, and some graduates just can’t keep away. Paul Wood, Executive Principal at YK Pao School Secondary Division, Shanghai, recently started his fourth University of Manchester degree, joining the Global Part-time MBA July intake thirty years after he started his first degree in 1987.


Interview: Seamon Shi, Founder & CEO of IntraMirror

The internet age began comparatively late in China. Just over 20 years since Chinese home computers first started connecting to the world wide web, we spoke to Seamon Shi (Global MBA Finance 2014) about e-commerce trends in what’s now one of the globe’s biggest online marketplaces.


Manchester Cloud launched in Shanghai with Sino-UK VIPs in attendance

On December 7, 2017, the inauguration ceremony of “Manchester Cloud” (Mcloud) was held at the Silk Elite, Shanghai’s fashion and cultural landmark on Wuyi road in the city centre. Distinguished guests from the British Consulate General in Shanghai, the Manchester-China Forum, the University of Manchester Alumni clubs, Alliance Manchester Business School, Xu Beihong Painting Academy, and the Silk Elite attended the ceremony. Affiliated to Manchester-China Forum and the University of Manchester China Centre, Mcloud links Chinese and British government organizations, Sino-UK talents in arts, science and technology to build a bilateral people-to-peoplediplomatic platform. Mr. Wai Kit Ho, Consul Bilateral at the British Consulate General in Shanghai, delivered a speech. Ms. Sherry Fu, Founder of Mcloud and Director of the University of Manchester China Centre, emphasized in her speech that the establishment of Mcloud is a result of the deep-rooted Sino-UK partnerships that are moving towards a"Golden Era".