The 15th year in Chinese culture marks a devotion to study, to careers and to learning all sorts of knowledge and skills for the future. It is fitting then, that in the 15th year of the Master of Management program, the Chinese Ministry of Education has renewed the program through to 2021.
This week, the students of the Master of Management ANU/Tsinghua program’s 18th intake attended a dinner to celebrate their graduation. Entering its 15th year, the program is run collaboratively by the ANU and the Tsinghua University in China, with lecturers traveling between the two countries to teach.
It is a prestigious qualification that has attracted over a thousand students, many already successful in their field, who want to broaden their understanding of global business management. It is also an opportunity to develop a professional network with peers and alumni.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt opened the evening addressing the students, their family members and a delegation from Tsinghua University.
“At a time when global leadership and management skills are a serious constraint in companies all over the world, it has never been more important to develop flexible leaders who can bridge these business and cultural divides,” he said.
One of this year’s graduates, Chang Ming Du, also emphasised the business value and importance of a cross-cultural education like this program.
“We have ANU lecturers teaching us from a totally different culture, and it gives us an opportunity to get to know the other side of the world. It’s the result of two different cultures and two different universities, both highly ranked in the world. And personally, it’s a chance to meet a new group of people, especially people who are successful in their area. We can learn from their experience as well.”
This decision came after a review of the program, which resulted in innovative changes to its curriculum, as Dean Gao of the Tsinghua School of Continuing Education explained.
“In this 15th year of our joint program we’ve made innovative changes to the Master of Management, adopting the Research School of Management’s Evidence-based Management curriculum. We’ve undertaken a comprehensive review of the teaching, assessment and program operational workflow, and made significant improvements to the student selection and admissions process.”
On 26 July, the 'Intake 18' students will attend a joint Graduation Ceremony and Opening Ceremony for 'Intake 21', to allow the new alumni to network with the new students and exchange advice before they commence.