Season's Greetings from China Centre

Double Awards Won at China Outstanding Educators and Education Award Ceremony

On 12th December, China Outstanding Educators and Education Award Ceremony welcomed guests from all over the country to gather in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the venue where President Xi JinPing greets diplomatic guests on state visits. The ceremony 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. Not only did Manchester Business School win Most Innovative MBA Programme award, but also Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu personally was recognized at this grand annual award ceremony.

The theme of the 2016 ceremony is - China Education Revolution. Ms. Gu Xiulian, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress presented the awards to the winners this year. Manchester Business School was the only overseas school to receive an award at the ceremony. Most importantly, 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. It is a great honour for UoM China Centre to centre on the same stage with these respectful professionals.

The University of Manchester China Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu was awarded for her contribution in bringing one of the top western business education offerings to China, receiving Business Education Leaders 2016 award. “It is a great privilege standing here today with dedicated educators and leaders. We opened our door in China in 2008. We are more than happy having the Manchester Brand recognized in China, while receiving a personal award for myself. I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our students, alumni and organizations support and work so closely with us. Thank you all!”

Manchester Business School Wins Most Influential MBA Award 2016

On 11th December 2016, Manchester Business School was invited to attend the 2016 Tencent China Business School development Forum, one of the most influential MBA event of the year. Joining the forum were the most respected Business Schools in the country. Manchester Business School was one of the few International Schools that have been invited. Built on the honor of winning “2015 Most Innovative MBA” award, the School was voted for “2016 Most Influential MBA”. China Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu, Sophia Guo and Emmy Wang from the recruiting team received this award on behalf of the School.

The theme of the Forum this year is Revolution and Transformation. With a growing number of schools offering MBA programmes in China in recent years, how can schools offer better value proposal to candidates and how should business schools lead themselves to nurture talents in this new era of online technology and social media? China Centre Director expressed her view during a panel discussion among business school leaders.

 “As a business school, we pride ourselves in adopting innovative ways to integrate teaching and learning.  We design our programme so that face-to-face learning can be incorporated with distance learning. In doing so, technology helps to offer flexibility and convenience to our students without compromising the benefit of classroom teaching.” Said Sherry, “We also believe that business schools should stay closely connected to businesses. We continuously explore opportunities to create talent management partnerships to both local and international enterprises. This helps us understand what real businesses are in need of. For example, we are going to a launch short-term programme in February 2017 on Negotiation Skills. This is result of understanding businesses and what students need.”


China Centre wins Linkedin Award - Best Marketing Effect 2016
On 25th of November 2016, China Centre received Linkedin's Best Marketing Effect 2016 award at its annual Conference for China. “Since we opened our door as Manchester Business School China Centre in 2008, we have been communicating Manchester values and delivering Manchester qualities to Chinese working professionals. We have noticed and reacted to the changes in how we communicate to our students, alumni and prospective students in recent years. I would like to congratulate our China team in doing a wonderful job!” Said China Centre Director Sherry Fu at the annual conference.

China Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu was invited to deliver a speech to the audience, “Since we opened our door as Manchester Business School China Centre in 2008, we have been communicating Manchester values and delivering Manchester qualities to Chinese working professionals. We are proud of ourselves as one to the top Western Education Institutions that has been recognized by the Chinese audience. Now that the China Centre has over 1000 Global Part-time MBA alumni and students; and are part of a wider network of alumni from over 160 countries, we are ever more committed to offering a wider selection of programmes with the same high standard to meet the needs of our students.”

 “As an educator, we have noticed the change of ways in how we communicate to our students, alumni and prospective students. The trend in recent years is, of course, the fact that social media becomes significantly influential. We have reacted to this trend and are glad that somehow we are leading the methods of communication externally. I would like to congratulate our China team in doing a wonderful job!” said Sherry.

Manchester Business School receives “Most Influential MBA Brand in China 2016”

On 23rd November 2016, Manchester Business School received “Most Influential MBA Brand in China” award from Sina Education China. This being the fourth consecutive year that the school receives this award, it is a symbol of recognition for the Manchester brand and the work that has been put into promoting and maintaining it. The University of Manchester China Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu and Ms. Stella Dong from the Marketing Team jointly received this award on behalf of the School. 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.

With the MBA market growing ever more competitive in China, MBS being one of the few international institutions that has brought an overseas programme to the mainland has been highly reputable. “We are pleased to be one of the most influential MBA brand in China. ‘Original Thinking Applied’ – is one the standards we set for ourselves. It is observant in the ways we design and deliver our MBA programme, as well as the experience our students engage themselves in. Our students are taught my leading academics; they challenge themselves through practical work; they travel and network globally with international peers in Manchester, Dubai, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore.” Said Sherry,” This award is also a celebration of achievements from our students and alumni, who progress significantly through and beyond their MBA studies.”
The University of Manchester China Centre Inauguration Ceremony

On 25th September 2016, Manchester Business School China Centre (MBS China Centre) was officially the first MBS Wordwide Centre to be re-opened as The University of Manchester China Centre (UoM China Centre). The Centre was honoured to have ambassadors from the University to attend the inauguration ceremony, including Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Fiona Divine, Head of Alliance Manchester Business School, Professor Elaine Ferneley, Global and MBA Director, Ms. Claire Kilner Head of Alumni Relations, Donor Comms & Engagement and Joanne Keown Head of Events, Projects and Philanthropic Board Management. 

Distinguished guests presented include Mr. Matthew Knowles, Area Director East China at British Council; Mr. Simon Steward Director for Education, Training and Talent Development at CBBC; Mr. Phil Roebuck, Executive Director from British Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Michael Brennan, COO Global Banking at HSBC China; Mr. Mark Mallon, Exec. VP Intl at AstraZeneca; Mr. Xiwen Zeng, Snr. VP Corporate Affairs at Unilever North Asia; and Prof. Jian Liang and Ms. Liyun Gao, Manchester/SJTU DBA office from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

A formal ribbon- cutting ceremony was hosted in front of VIP guests, attending alumni and student representatives. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Mr. Matt Knowles, Professor Fiona Divine, Professor Elaine Ferneley and Ms. Sherry Fu jointly marked the historical moment.

In 2008, Manchester Business School opened its China Centre in Shanghai, bringing world-class British business education to China. Since then, a strong and long-term commitment to China has been consistently demonstrated. In addition to the star programme – Manchester Global MBA, partnerships have established respectively between MBS and Shanghai Tong Ji University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Renmin University of China respectively to offer international business education that is highly relevant to local businesses. On both corporate front and cultural level, China Centre has been forming strategic Talent Management Partnerships with top multinational companies including AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Huawei, FESCOAdecco, Unilever and CIMA etc. to make top business education more accessible and tailored as well as to promote Sino-British education links.

On the 8th year of the China Centre, the Centre’s name-change to UoM China Centre marks the University’s long term commitment and vision for China; as well as recognizes the achievement that China Centre has made till date. More plans for further Research and Development and international exchanges will roll out gradually as the new Centre takes on greater challenges. UoM China Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu warmly welcomed the attending VIP guests to celebrating the inauguration of the new Centre.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell reiterated the openness of Manchester as a city and as a University that welcomes Chinese and other international students. She also shared recent updates from Manchester with remarkable commitments in infrastructure and software in order to provide the best learning and research environment. “The new role of China Centre will drive forward progress in research, education and business to benefit both the UK and Chinese people.”

At the ceremony, Sherry traced back the development history of China Centre and expressed great appreciation to guests from corporate partners and alumni; with whom China Centre has closely worked with to accelerate Manchester’s brand value of bringing global education to China. ‘Officially from today, as The University of Manchester China Centre, we will endeavor in strengthening corporation with both local schools and corporate partners. We are greatly motivated by the prospect that comes with the expansion of responsibilities and expectations.’ said Sherry. 

Prof. Fiona Devine extended gratitude to our long-term academic and corporate partners. She   proudly addressed the guests that from Manchester Business School China Centre to The University of Manchester China Centre, the Centre has achieved remarkable milestones and there would be many great opportunities and challenges facing the re-named and re-positioned Centre. “Becoming the University of Manchester China Centre will enable us to build on the excellent work of the Sherry and the team, to further strengthen the University’s relationship with the city of Shanghai and right across the region.” Said Professor Devine. 

Mr. Matthew Knowles congratulated China Centre for achievements to date and the exciting inauguration as UoM’s official overseas centre. He stressed that as one of earliest UK education institutions establishing office in China, Manchester has been pioneering on the research, commercial and cultural exchange fronts.  Projects with Chinese companies and institutions have been remarkable examples promoting Sino-British relations.

Alumni representatives also shared thoughts and opinions on the transformational journey that Manchester MBA programmes had brought to them. ‘Regardless of the industry background, we have been benefitted from Manchester’s business education, which has equipped us with solid knowledge and management skills to compete in the changing global environment,’ thoughts expressively shared by Mr. Kevin Ren, former Chair of Manchester Business School Alumni Association Shanghai and DBA alumnus Mr. Tom Yu.

Along with UoM China Centre’s inauguration, The University of Manchester Alumni Association Shanghai under the Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association is officially set up. The first council members include Colin Lin, Timo Lei, Jenifer Wang, Ben Zhang and Sherry Fu.

The whole event was a celebration of eight years of China Centre’s step-by-step growth journey – from enrollment of students’ for first intake in 2009 to having over 1000 alumni and current Global MBA students. Shared by every guest at the event was the belief that ‘the best is yet to come’ for the Centre and for the students and partners that the Centre works so closely with!

The Official Establishment of the University of Manchester Alumni Association Shanghai

On 25th Sept. China Centre became the first among all MBS Wordwide centres to be re-named and launched as The University of Manchester China Centre (UoM China Centre) by President & Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell. The event also marked another milestone – the establishment of The University of Manchester Alumni Association Shanghai (UoM Alumni Association Shanghai).  Distinguished guests and over 160 alumni witnessed this special moment. Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell spoke highly of the alumni in China while highlighting the importance of alumni relationship and development.

The first Council of the UoM Alumni Association Shanghai is formed by five senior alumni. Colin Lin, MSc International Business 1999, is currently CEO of Canton Oceanwide Sports Co., Ltd. He has been taking role as the University’s Representative since 2008, and was also founding member of UoM Alumni Association in both Beijing and Guangzhou. He has witnessed the development of the China Centre. Timo Lei, MSc in economics 1996, is Head of China and Managing Director of China Capital Markets and Corporate Services. He was recently appointed by the China Centre as Entrepreneurship Mentor. Ben Zhang, MBA 2001, is Executive Chairman of Maritime & Finance Excellence Center. Ben was invited as Accomplished Chinese Alumnus representative to meet Chinese President over his State Visit in the UK.  Jennifer Wang, International Business Law 2001, is Partner at AllBright Law Offices. She is nominated for Outstanding Women Lawyers of Shanghai Municipality 2010. Sherry Fu is both Founding Director of China Centre and Global EMBA alumna. She is Vice President of Education Focus Group of Shanghai British Chamber of Commerce and was appointed as an envoy to the city of Manchester at the House of Lords in London in 2013.

Before the reception, Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell met with the council members and appreciated their commitment to the university and fellow alumni. The establishment of the UoM Alumni Association Shanghai is a great milestone of China alumni development. 

China Centre Supports British Business Awards

On 3 November, 11 winners of the British Business Awards (BBA) 2016 were announced at the InterContinental Shanghai Pudong. Hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, the BBA 2016 consists of eight award categories to recognise excellence in innovation, enterprise and endeavour. Ms. Sherry Fu was invited to announce winners of Chinese Investor of the Year Award.

The competition was fierce and the quality of this year’s application was higher than ever. Jointly winning the Chinese Investor of the Year Award were Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) and Sanpower Group. BCEG is a leading construction and engineering company in China that is already active in global markets; and Sanpower is a large private conglomerate with expertise in the technology and modern across finance, healthcare and commerce sectors. “It is a great honor to announce the winners of Chinese Investor of the Year Award. Tonight we are here to celebrate the spirit of mutual cooperation for British and Chinese businesses; and to embrace the economic future of the two partners.”

Patron of the BBA 2016, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China, Barbara Woodward CMG OBE, addressed to the guests, ”Thank you all for joining this wonderful evening. Whether you have been nominated or not, whether you are British or Chinese, or international, thank you for everything that you do day in, day out to build the trade ties between the UK and China. Tonight, above all is a celebration of that.” 

Along with the winning businesses that strive to promote Sino-British Business Links, China Centre has been contributing to the development and growth of talents for local and international businesses. The unique Talent Management Partnership agreements have allowed employees of our partners better accesses to the leading business education that Manchester MBA programmes promises. Promoting the development of students and alumni for career and personal goals has been the underlying purpose of MBS China; yet strengthening business education links between China and UK has been a long-term mission for the Centre.


Automobile Industry Talk with Alumni
3rd Dec. China Centre invited Automobile industry experts to deliver an insightful talk. We were honoured to have Ms. Helen Rong, Founder and Managing Partner at Master Minds Studio and current MBA student Jacky Xu, Assistant to President, SAIC Motor International. 

From a PR/Marketing perspective, Helen shared her insight into Automobile industry and how "Fan Economy" effect is influencing how car makers engage and influence purchasing decisions of potential customers. Jacky, an experienced marketer with one of China's largest car maker shared his experience on marketing in difference global markets. The audience were also able to gain advice from Jacky in terms of studying towards an MBA degree.
Renmin - Manchester Global MBA Introductory Session
The first intake of Renmin - Manchester Global MBA is to start in July 2017. On 30th Nov, China Centre Director Ms Sherry Fu and Associate MBA Director met a group of prospective students in Beijing. During the Session, candidates also had the opportunity to speak to Professor Yu Zhou from Renmin Business School and experience the programme in advance.
Online Webinar on Marketing
On 10th Nov, Associate MBA Director Dr. Jiyao Xun offered an interactive session on online Marketing, as "11/11" the e-commerce "shopping festival" approached. On this occasion, fellow shoppers were in the spirit making either small or larger purchases, be it clothing or a holiday getaway. Marketing palyed a signifcant role in this craze. The University of Manchester China Centre offered a great opportunity for an interactive Marketing session delivered. During the event, alumni and students as well as prospective students were able to access the session live via Webinar. A large audience enjoyed this session!
International Business by Prof. Charles Schell
As comemercial centre of China, Shanghai has welcomed a great number of international companies to headquarter. On Tuesday 18th October 2016, China Centre hosted a session on the topic of International Business, led by Professor Charles Schell. Some interesting cases were share among attendees which lead to good discussions. 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management by Dr. Leigh Wharton
In China the world's largest growing economy exist arguably the greatest number of entrepreneurial opportunities. On Tuesday 11th October 2016, China Centre invited aspiring professionals for a taste of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management elective, led by experienced practitioner Dr. Leigh Wharton. An impressive turnout of nearly 30 students and persective students joined the event.
Viral Marketing Lecture by Prof. Elaine Ferneley

On 26th and 27th September respectively a marketing session was delivered by Prof. Elaine Ferneley in Shanghai and Beijing. Both groups of audience enjoyed a talk on the ever so popuar social marketing topic. Elaine shared her expertise in a condensed one-hour session and interacted with the group on matters of using online marketing tools.

Supply Chain Management by Dr. Antony Potter

Supply Chain Management is fundenmental subject that attracts students to choose from an extensive list electives. With this in mind, China centre hosted a workshop taster for more than 30 students, alumni and perspective students on 21st September.

Operations Management by Mr. Paul Taaffe

Half an hour by train from Shanghai, Suzhou has been a close neighbour with a great base of industrial MNEs established there. On 7th September, China Centre invited Mr. Paul Taaffe to bring a session of Operations Management workshop taster to Suzhou Professionals. 

B2B Marketing by Prof. Peter Naudé

On Wednesday 7th September 2016, China Centre had a full house of maketing as well as non-marketing professionals joining Professor Peter Naudé on an interetsing session on business-to-business marketing. Sharing valuable experience with the group was Ms. Ailleen Wei, alumna and marketing expert. The session welcomed nearly 40 attendees.

Alumni sharing on Complex Sales Strategy and Practice

On the afternoon of 10th Dec. (Saturday) 2016, Allen Mao is our Global MBA alumnus as well as the founder of China Centre Continue Study Club. He has extensive experiences in multinationals, and is now Director of Strategic Planning & Business Development of a startup company. He initiated an event on the topic of Complex Sales Strategy and Practice, attended by around 50 alumni. 

During the event, Allen explained what complex sales strategy was, and interpreted in the perspectives of both buying and selling organizations, and in different scenarios. Attendees were inspired and enjoyed the brainstorm throughout the sharing.

Continue Study Club is one of the most active clubs in the China Centre. They regularly held club events, discussing on different topics - both on the further study of MBA’s courses and hot topics of the time. The China Centre supported the alumni clubs and interested groups, and encouraged the networking among alumni as well as between school and alumni. 

Alumnus speaks on Mid-Age Career Development

How to be successful during your mid-age’s career crisis? Have you met career development’s glass ceiling in your organization? Or are you already tired in your expert sector? On the evening of 1st December, Charles Gao, Director of Signium Greater China, an experienced recruitment expert as well as our alumnus, shared with us this interesting topic.  As with the specific topic, this event is only for those alumni with over 15 years of working experiences and who are interested in understanding and brainstorming on the topic. The evening event of a working day was attended by over 20 alumni, which showed a big interest among our alumni.

After the event, alumni attendees approached Charles for various questions. They all commented that it was a very useful event – sorting out their confusions, close to the real labor markets, giving them more thinkings and options during their mid-age career path. 
In Conversation with Professor Khalid Nadvi
On the evening of 17th Nov. (Thursday) 2016, the University of Manchester China Centre is delighted to have a visiting Professor Khald Nadvi, Professor of International Development, Director of Research SEED, to share with us on the topics of Globalisation, International Trade and Industrial Development. It was the first time Prof. Nadvi visited the China Centre and was impressed by how fast and well it has been developing in China.

During the event, Prof. Nadvi introduced about his current researches which focused on the emerging economies, or Rising Powers, and the impacts that they were having on the rest of the developing world. China was an important part of his research areas. Together with other leading schools and universities, Prof. Nadvi led or participated in quite some research projects surrounding various topics on China. 
Global Careers Manager Ruth Mountain talk in Shanghai

On the evening of 2nd Nov., China Centre was delighted to have Ruth Mountain, Global Careers Manager for Manchester Business School to deliver a speech on ‘How to Develop an Effective Job Search Strategy’.

Though an evening session, quite a few alumni came to join. During the session, Ruth began by asking a question to have alumni fully interactive with each other and think about the strategy. She then talked through hints and tips for making the most of developing and then working through your job search strategy, as well as some ideas on how to target our alumni and other contacts to get the best chance for succeeding in finding that next role. A good and effective job search strategy can save time and guide in the right direction, paving the way for a sound future career development. Alumni attendees raised various questions, their confusions or lessons surrounding this topic. One alumnus himself was mentoring on career development in his work, and he also shared with all his understanding and experiences.

Careers service is a very important part of the university. Symplicity, the postgraduate careers services system, was launched in China early this year. It was a user-friendly platform, serving alumni all through their career development, with main functions including one-to-one appointment, job opportunities, event alerts, resource library etc.. With both online and offline activities and services, the university is dedicated to continuously offering alumni good experience of career development. 

MBA Alumnus Damir Kazykhanov talked on Global Innovation at China Centre

On the evening of 1st Nov., the China Centre was delighted to have Damir Kazykhanov, CEO & Founder of Global Startup, as well as our Alliance Manchester Business School alumnus, to deliver a speech on global innovation and entrepreneurship.

Damir opened by introducing himself and his own background. Damir used to be a banker, working decently in a leading financial institution in Russia. However, he felt more and more strongly his passion and dreams unfulfilled. It didn’t take him too much time making decision of studying in Manchester Business School. The study broadened his perspective and equipped him with a practical tool to explore the new world. He felt his dream no longer just floating in the air, and began his adventures ambitiously. He tried different businesses until he decided a more meaningful work on global innovation. He was endeavored to contributing to nurture startups by tutoring, and other softlanding programs and facilities.

During the session, he talked about how startup founder can find a sustainable and profitable business model or create a valuable product on a global arena. He introduced the concept of “3 Master” to explain how to sell the great ideas at the fair value and get benefits from your entrepreneurial creativity and inspiration. He hoped that he would be able to contribute to wider alumni on entrepreneurship and innovation. He encouraged our alumni who are planning to or have already started up to think globally because the competition doesn’t know boundaries anymore. Due to the growth of foreign investment that opens the channels to local regions, “know how” and technologies become more transferable. Nowadays only entrepreneurs who are able to think globally about their venture can attract investment and attention from mass media.

He also invited a young entrepreneur who’d joined their softlanding program to share with all alumni his experiences of starting up and how important to think globally. The event was joined by good number of alumni esp. in the evening, and received supports from China Centre Innovation Startup Club and Healthcare Club. 

First UoM China Women in Leadership Forum on female Entrepreneurship

30th Oct., UoM China Centre held ‘First UoM China Women in Leadership Forum’, the first big event in Beijing since its rename and inauguration ceremony back in end of September. The forum will be held in series in the future, targeting on various topics surrounding women in leadership. The first event focused on women’s entrepreneurship, and was held in the context of rising women leadership and entrepreneurship nowadays.

The event was opened and welcomed by Ms. Sherry Fu, Director of UoM China Centre. She introduced on UoM and how the university was supporting on women in leadership and entrepreneurship.  The first guest speaker was Ms. Siming Wang, who founded Soiree Xiaoheiqun (Little Black Skirt) which only sold black dress and skirts online. It soon got popularity and fast sales shortly after it was launched. ‘23000 black skirts sold out in 120 days’ was an astonishing record by Soiree. It’s innovative selling model attracted increasing public attentions. The Founder Ms. Wang shared with our alumni the stories behind the establishment of Soiree and what pushed her to startup own businesses. Ms. Yuanhong Zhou was our second guest speaker. She used to be a reporter in China Central Television Corp (CCTV). She was a senior leader in a leading Chinese enterprise before she founded her own company ‘Ayilaile (Housekeepers are coming)’, an online housekeeper reservation and payment platform. She shared with us her stories on how she evolved to be a leader as well as an entrepreneur. Both guest speakers gave wonderful speeches. There were no shortcuts or coincidence to be a successful leader and an entrepreneur. The speeches were followed by a panel discussion, joined by both speakers, Ms. Sherry Fu and Mr. Timo Lei, who was invited to join for on-site comments from a man’s point of view on women in leadership. Mr. Lei is our newly elected Chairman of UoM Alumni Association Shanghai as well as our alumni Entrepreneurship Mentor. Alumnae were actively engaged in the discussions. They raised questions, discussed with our guest speakers, and shared with all their own thinking and learning.

The event received positive feedback and the second Women in Leadership Forum would follow up soon in Shanghai. ‘Women in Leadership’ Alumni Group was held by UoM China Centre, to encourage more alumnae interested in the topic or already in leadership positions to share views and points. 

UoM Beijing Alumni Gathering – Celebration of Inauguration of UoM China Centre

29th Oct. was Halloween Day. UoM China Centre hosted a Beijing Alumni Gathering. We have a large number of Beijing based alumni that the Centre has been continuously taking good care of. The Gathering was held to celebrate both the Halloween Day and more importantly the inauguration of the UoM China Centre. The inauguration ceremony had been held end of September in Shanghai during the China visit by President and Vice Chancellor Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell. 

Our Beijing alumni were not able to come to Shanghai to witness this historical launching moment. Ms. Sherry Fu, Director of the UoM China Centre introduced about the establishment of the UoM China Centre and the current development and future plan for the UoM in China. Beijing based UoM alumni joined the gathering and got to know with each other. Alumni with different majors and industrial background shared with each other their memory of the university and good wish for the success of the China Centre. Alumni are good treasures for our university and we will fully support alumni’s development. We also hope more and more alumni will contribute to and develop with the Alma Mater together.  

China Centre alumni healthcare club industry sharing

On evening of 25th October (Tuesday) 2016, the University of Manchester China Centre was delighted to invite two guest speakers to talk about new trend and technology in healthcare industry. Mr. Geng PAN, Co-Founder of Invision Health, talked about VR (Virtual Reality) in healthcare industry. Mr. Tony Zhang, Founder & Chief Consultant of BizPro International LLC, shared his thoughts on multichannel marketing.

Shelley Lai, current President of China Centre Healthcare Club, kicked off the event by welcoming both speakers. Mr. Pan was the first guest speaker and had vast experiences in virtual reality industry. He introduced how they adopted VR technology in the healthcare industry, especially in training medical professionals. For example, with VR technology, they’re able to train themselves more skillfully in surgery operation. Though there were further improvements to be made, it already offers a close-to-real experience. Mr. Pan also brought with him VR glasses to all attendees to experience.

The second guest speaker was Mr. Tony Zhang. His topic was on digital marketing in healthcare industry. He was quite popular among pharmaceutical multinationals. It was a good opportunity for our alumni to have Tony’s idea, vision and insight about digital pharma and multi-channel marketing.

The event is initiated by China Centre Healthcare Club, which was the first club established in China Centre and one of the most active clubs. Their mission is to further promote the UoM brand in China and provide a business and educational platform for alumni in the life science and healthcare industry.

In Conversation with Stuart Hyde at China Centre

16th Oct., Professor Stuart Hyde visited the UoM China Centre. A special opportunity for conversation between our alumni and the Professor was arranged. During the sit-down talk, our alumni raised various questions, ranging from his expertise, the different studying methodology between China and the UK, to the school development in general. Before the talk, Professor Hyde also joined some study groups during their workshop, introducing about the school’s development and understanding their study experiences.  

Professor of Finance, and currently Postgraduate Research Director and Deputy Head of School, Professor Hyde is also member of various important financial association and organizations, including the Centre for the Analysis of Investment Risk, the American Finance Association; and sits on the advisory board of the Financial Markets and Institutions group of the British Accounting and Finance Association. His principal research interests focus on a range of issues in empirical finance particularly with respect to international finance or emerging markets.

Dr. Phil Galvin visited China Centre and met with alumni

Consultancy is at the heart of the full time MBA in Alliance Manchester Business School. On 9th Oct, Dr Phil Galvin, Associate Director MBA Consultancy, visited the China Centre and gave our alumni a speech to showcase how the Consultancy provided by Manchester MBAs during the last four months of the Full time 18 month MBA programme can assist companies in real life. MBA Consultancy is a very important part of and throughout the MBA study in AMBS. It fully shows how original thinking is applied.

During the event, two full time MBA students who happened to be in Shanghai as an exchange program, also joined and spoke from their experiences of how MBA Consultancy helped in their study.

During Dr. Galvin’s Shanghai visit, he also visited Shanghai Maritime & Finance Excellence Center where our alumnus Ben Zhang was the executive Chairman. Dr. Galvin was impressed by how our alumni benefited from the MBA Consultancy during his MBA study, career development and the Center’s development supported by both the UK and Chinese government.

Breakfast Networking Session

On 29 Sep. early morning, China Centre held a Breakfast Networking Session. It was held in the context of three workshops running in parallel. Every workshop was held continuously for three days, and the breakfast session was held on the first day. Though it was quite early in the morning and started from 7:30am, there were still quite some alumni registered and turned out.

China Centre prepared various breakfast meals, including sandwiches, egg cakes, bread, fruit, soft drinks, milk and etc., and the venue was decorated with nice and fresh flowers. Students casually sat down and talked with their breakfast. It offered them a special chance to engage with wider alumni and get to know more friends. They talked about themselves, the workshop and shared experiences. Ms. Sherry Fu, Director of China Centre, joined the breakfast session. She welcomed the students, and introduced on the recently renamed China Centre from AMBS to the University of Manchester. She introduced the alumni and careers activities and encouraged alumni to study as well as engage more with the Centre.

A relaxed breakfast session gave students a fresh start of their upcoming study, as well as a chance to know more friends and exchange ideas.


MBS Alumni Autumn Networking Reception

The Alumni Autumn Reception was held on 06 Sep. at the China Centre. Students from global centres also joined in over their workshops for - Doing Business in China, and Investment and Portfolio Management. Over 30 alumni participated in the reception. This was a good mixture of MBA alumni with different cultures and backgrounds. This is also the first time that we were able to engage full time MBA students to participate in alumni activities at China Centre and with our Global MBA alumni.

Joining us were two great speakers – Timo Lei, Head of China/Managing Director, China Capital Markets and Corporate Services from PWC, to talk about Chinese entrepreneurs. He is one of our senior alumni from MBS back in Manchester. He was already involved in our previous alumni event, giving tips for start-ups on fundraising and valuation, which received highly positive feedback. The other guest speaker is Shirley Lei, Founder of Zenith Advisory, to talk about international business etiquette and comparative culture. She didn’t give a long theory but cited Timo Lei as a good example of how to manage our personal goal, personal branding and present.

The speeches were followed up by five quiz, covering topics on the China Centre, Shanghai and Chinese companies. In the meantime, winners were also able to introduce themselves and communicate briefly on their individual expertise.

The previous programs warmed up the event, enabling all the attendees to immediately find who to begin with during the free mingle time. Snacks and drinks were provided throughout the event. Wines were also offered as well. Our alumni were so excited to grasp the chances to talk to both alumni from other centres and speakers that the whole event was not finished until 10.30pm.

Full time students fed back that this event gave them a chance to walk out of the classroom, and engage with the local alumni to know more about what’s happening in China. One Global MBA student from overseas centre fed back that during that night he made at least four new overseas friends. Our China Centre alumni also fed back that it enabled them a chance to make friends from overseas centres. A transnational communication adds value to all alumni from across the world, enhancing what they’ve all learnt from the classes and sparkling new and innovative ideas.

Group photo was shared to all participants, to memorize this special gathering @China Centre. 

Leadership Forum - Session 4

On Friday evening of 02 September 2016, China Centre was delighted to have Simon Zhou again, one of our outstanding alumni, to facilitate the whole leadership journey. We were also honored to have invited Mr. Peter Lee, Managing Director of Ab Ovo China, to share with us his experiences on leadership. Peter Lee was also the Vice Chairman of Transport Group of European Union Chamber of Commerce China from 2001 to 2005, and the Chairman of Pricing Index Group of Shanghai Shipping Exchange during 2002-2004. This time, the leadership was focusing on ‘Empowerment’, which is the competency on ‘leading manager’.

The event was started with the guidance on ‘empowerment’ by Simon, followed up by Peter with full explanation and case studies on this topic. As the event was held during the period when overseas students came to the China Centre to study their courses, it attracted some overseas students to join and discuss together with our local China Centre alumni. During the tea break, a special ceremony was held to celebrate one alumnus’ birthday! He was from Singapore Centre. All participants wished him a happy birthday and enjoyed the big birthday cake. It must be an unforgettable night for this alumnus.

After the tea break, there was a Q&A session. Alumni raised various questions most of which came from their daily work.

Leadership Forum was held once a month. It was started from this May and was quickly gaining popularity. Simon Zhou, one of our GMBA alumni, volunteered and contributed his leisure time to initiate and facilitate every time. Guest speakers are either our alumni or external guests with own work experiences and deep understanding on various aspects of leadership. 

Tips for Start-ups on Fundraising and Valuation

30 July, University of Manchester China Centre was delighted to have invited Timo Lei, senior Manchester Business School alumnus, to share with us his experiences on Fundraising and Valuation for startups.

Active in PE/VC industry, Timo is currently Head of China/Managing Director of Capital Market, PWC, as well as Venture Partner of World's first paralleled Unicorn Accelerator. He has over 20 years of experiences in fundraising and M&A for SMEs in London, Hongkong and Shanghai. He has taken part in fundraising and investment deals for over 300 privately owned enterprises.

The event received more popularity than expected - regardless of hot weather, over 30 alumni participated in this event eventually. Chairs were added again and again on site. At the beginning, Timo explained to us what he perceived as ‘Innovative’. He cited examples on the ‘Internet Celebrities Economy’ and one related fundraising case study. ‘You Never Know’ was mostly quoted by Timo, to explain that you never know what the next business model will be successful. That successful model may never be perceived right at the beginning. We shall always have innovative ways of thinking. Studying the MBA program will enable us to understand how to change our way of thinking; equip us with the ability to discover with divergent and innovative ways of thinking and execute effectively. Regarding fundraising, Timo’s suggestions were very practical. For example, not all enterprises were suitable for fundraising; and fundraising may not be suitable at all stages of development; pros and cons of different sources of fundraising; what kind of investors might be suitable; what kind of projects might well capture investors’ attentions; attentions to pay when seeking investors; points to remember when preparing the Business Plan; etc.. Timo also answered patiently various questions raised by our alumni who were either considering or had already set up own companies. 

The event lasted for over 3 hours, with no intervals. It received very positive feedback from alumni. One alumnus commented that he felt as if his ‘hollowing body was refilled’ and energy regained.

During the event, Ms. Sherry Fu, Regional Director of The University of Manchester China Centre, awarded Timo Lei as ‘The University of Manchester China Centre Entrepreneurial Mentor’. Timo felt honored and suggested that the event was just beginning as there were far more contents surrounding the related topics. He was happy to share with our alumni his experiences. For example, next time, he could share specific topic on those failed fundraising cases. Our school felt proud to have such an outstanding alumni as Timo to be the alumni mentor, contributing his time sharing with alumni. 

Decoding Innovation from Israel

On 23 July, Saturday, China Centre Innovation and Startup Club organized a workshop on Decoding Innovation from Israel. The workshop guided alumni to explore the secret of innovation. Brainstorm, practice, and discern on Israel's innovative tools for China's scenario applications. 

Nowadays, under the encouagement of Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation, each enterprise has put "innovation" onto the most important agenda. Innovation ability has become an important indicator of enterprises recruitment.

Israel is only a small country by space, but is famous for its innovation ability. How Israel innovates is therefore a hot and interesting topic for our alumni. 

The workshop was unveiled with a small game – alumni were required to put together 3 pieces of paper to create a right picture of two riders on fast-running horses. It didn’t seem to be an easy task. Seemingly, the separated pictures were wrongly made. Most alumni were not able to find the way to give out a right picture. When the secret was revealed, our alumni were astonished by our inbuilt way of thinking and the innovative moves to make the picture right.

How to break the inherent or conventional ways of thinking is not an easy job. It was discussed throughout the workshop, inspiring our alumni with various case studies. 

Professor Stuart Hyde, Deputy Head at Alliance Manchester Business School speak to Shanghai Daily on Innovation
On 16th Oct. Professor Stuart Hyde, Postgraduate Research Director, and Deputy Head of Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), was interview by Shanghai Daily when visiting Shanghai for the 6th International Business School Conference themed “Technology and Management”. He talked to Shanghai Daily and demonstrated how the school has been doing business education globally with its innovative core values.
Prof. Elaine Ferneley, Global & MBA Director interviewed by Tecent
On 26th Sept, Prof. Elaine Ferneley, Global & MBA Director was interviewed by Tecent to discuss the globalization of the MBA program and future development. MBS MBA is ranked the 7th in UK and 38th globally in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2016.
Sherry Fu talks about Manchester MBA as a truly Global programme for international talents
While Shanghai seemingly has a plethora of institutions offering MBA courses, few of them can claim to match the prestige and heritage offered by the University of Manchester. On 3rd Aug, China Centre Director Sherry Fu spoke to Shanghai Guide readers introducing the global experience that Manchester MBA programmes could offer.
First established in1965 the University of Manchester’s MBA course hasbeen around for over half a century and boasts animpressive number of highly successful graduates,including the current Founding Director of theUniversity’s Shanghai Center, Sherry Fu.

“I was f irst tasked with setting up theUniversity’s Shanghai Centre back in 2008,” saysSherry. “At that time I was equipped only with anoffice, a laptop and some promotional materials fromthe University. We had to rent out classrooms fromother universities around Shanghai, but we workedhard to ensure that our students got the exact samelevel of education here as was available at our maincampus in Manchester. Since that day we’ve gone onto open our own education center, and have graduateda large number of students, myself included!”

As well as Shanghai, students on the MBAcourse also have the option to take electivecourses and core modules at the university’s otherinternational centers, including Hong Kong, Singapore,Sao Paolo, Dubai and, Manchester. In the long run thismeans that if a student’s company transfers them toanother country, they can continue doing their courseat a center more convenient to their new location.

Of course, quality control is a key point ofconcern for those looking to continue their studiesin China, and it’s something that the University ofManchester takes very seriously. “Everything wehave here is imported from the UK,” says Sherry.“We don’t recruit teachers locally, they’re all flownin from Manchester to give the necessary talks andworkshops. On top of that all of our exam papers,booklets, informational products and everything elseis shipped in from the UK,” says Sherry.“This costsus more than printing locally but it helps to ensurethat the educational experience our students receiveis identical to the one they’d receive at our maincampus.”

For those looking to show off their internationalexperience, The University of Manchester hasrecently partnered with Beijing’s Renmin University.This partnership, which comes just months afterChinese President Xi Jinping made his historic trip toManchester, allows MBA students the option to receivea joint-degree from a world class British university anda top Chinese university.

Since 2008, MBS has recruited more than 1,000students from more than 30 different countries andregions to study the Global part-time MBA at theShanghai Centre. Most are Chinese, and many arefrom Shanghai, Beijing and the Yangtze River Deltaregion. About 30% of students are expats who work orlive in China.“

We want our students to challenge authority, tothink hard, to think big and to think global,” said Fu.

A truly Global MBA
Dorothy Huang joined the team as Student Support Officer
Let us welcome our latest joiner to the China Centre - Dorothy Huang. Dorothy holds a Master's degree from the University of Salford in Translation and Intrepreting. Her connection to Manchester has eventually led her to joining the University of Manhchester's overseas centre. Her prior experience working in education and marketing has prepared her for the new role! Warm welcome from everyone at the China Centre!
Events in Centre

China Tax System and Practice Details  UoM China Centre07th Jan, Sat, 2017
Manchester Global MBA Open Day & July 2017 Recruitment Kick-off Session DetailsUoM China Centre13th Jan, Fri, 2016
Manchester Global MBA Induction - Jan 2017 intake UoM China Centre14th Jan, Sat,  2017
UoM China Centre Annual Dinner Details  Pudong Expo Area, Shanghai14th Jan, Sat,  2017
Kelley – Manchester Global MBA Information Session in Beijing  DetailsIndiana University China Office16th Jan, Mon, 2017

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