Words from Dean Yao Yang
The National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University is a renowned academic institute that integrates teaching, research, and policy advising. NSD hosts the best economics Ph.D. and M.A. programs in China; in the meantime, it has the largest economics undergraduate double-major program in the country, each year admitting one quarter of the Peking University undergraduates and about 200 students from other universities. NSD’s MBA program, BiMBA, is renowned for its rigorous teaching and a strong emphasis on leadership training. Each year, BiMBA produces about 300 high-quality regular and executive MBAs. There were only six faculty members when the China Center for Economic Research (CCER), NSD’s predecessor, was established twenty years ago; now NSD has more than 40 faculty members whose expertise range from economics and management science to demography and political science. NSD is one of the most productive schools/departments in Peking University in terms of scientific publication. In addition to academic research, NSD is an important independent think tank in China; professors Justin Yifu Lin, Qiren Zhou and Guoqing Song are influential scholars in China’s policy circles.
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NSD upholds Peking University’s great tradition of academic tolerance, striving to provide a large and free space for different ideas and methodologies to flourish together. Contest between different ideas is one of the great drivers for academic advancement, and different methodologies provide new angles and new materials for serious research. Academic tolerance is one of the key success factors in CCER and NSD.
In the last twenty years, NSD/CCER has created many “No. 1” for China’s economics and management education and research. It is the pioneer to introduce modern economic education to undergraduate and graduate programs; BiMBA is the first joint MBA program between a Chinese institute and a foreign institute; CCER started the first summer camp for economics undergraduates and initiated the China Economic Annual Meetings; and Professor Justin Yifu Lin became the first World Bank Chief Economist from the developing world. The next decade will open a new chapter for NSD. I believe that, with the joint efforts of its faculty and staff, NSD will add new glory to its history.
Words from Dean Chen Chunhua
The unique characteristics of Langrun Garden is embedded deep within our psyche. Here, we are presented with cognitive challenges, thoughts of enlightenment, the joy of fellowship, and a passion for innovation. Here, we experience in-depth knowledge, abundant thought processes, rich sentiments and a thirst for progress.
Driven by the objectives of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) which has been expanded as the National School of Development (NSD), our BiMBA business education programme aims to spur the progress of the people, society and nation. While striving to operate in the same vein as the independent, free, critique-driven and innovative spirit of Peking University, we also intend to keep alive the integration of knowledge and practice as upheld by our founders―Professors Lin Yinfu, Hai Wen, Zhou Qiren, Zhang Weiying, Yi Gang and Hu Dayuan. Here, nostalgia and practical forms of self-cultivation work together in a complementary fashion. Here, global visions and Chinese wisdom merge together brilliantly as one.
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The university’s everlasting pursuit of academic excellence and truth is demonstrated in its constant pursuit of progress and unwavering efforts. Meanwhile, it is steadfast in resisting blind obedience, defeatism, demoralisation and showiness. Abiding by the principle that still waters run deep, our ideals carry huge determination, dedication and courage. Such ideals are deeply etched into the elements of Langrun Garden―from the blooming Magnolia flowers, lush greenery reflected on the ripples, or when one ponders deeply against a railing or gazes into the distance from a height―every corner of this beautiful garden reflects a propensity for growth.
As you bask in the atmosphere of Langrun Garden, you will find yourself and discover your unique abilities, traits and charm. Through learning, you will keep cultivating and developing your talents, intelligence and spirit while establishing a practical foundation to solve various impending challenges and difficulties that await. Through learning, you will keep unearthing and discovering your own potential while working on building your innate drive in order to seize opportunities and possibilities in the future.
The Emperor Taizong of Tang once said “The moon mirrored in the lake pales in comparison to the grace and glamour (Tsinghua) of the monk Xuanzang, and the morning dewdrops pale in comparison to the brightness and mercy (Langrun) of him.” As we read this couplet in view of Langrun Garden, it is as though we are witnessing the embodiment of the monk Xuanzang and the Nalanda temple. In this unpredictable world that we live in, the only key elements for survival are toil, mutual care for one another, and mutual learning and teaching.
The blood, sweat and tears of today are not shed for the past or the present, but only for the future.
BiMBA welcomes you!
Words from Co-Dean Yang Zhuang
As the first institution in China to offer Sino-foreign joint academic programmes, BiMBA of the National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University offers MBA, EMBA and senior enterprise management training courses. Since its establishment in 1998, BiMBA has been committed to training senior management personnel to offer them an in-depth understanding of the Chinese business environment and economic development trends while familiarising them with multinational operational management standards. We strive to assist them as they develop into corporate leaders who possess in-depth thinking, cultural finesse, and a sense of social responsibility. As a result of our training efforts, BiMBA has gained recognition from various sectors of society and has been named as the most valuable and most spirited MBA/EMBA in the country. To date, BiMBA of the NSD has over 3,000 alumni taking up senior positions in various sectors of society at state-owned enterprises, private enterprises and multinational companies.
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The unique objectives and ideals of BiMBA are “The Spirit of Peking University, Socially-Oriented Sentiments, National Development, and a Global Vision”. The spirit of Peking University is guided by the values that BiMBA has drawn from Peking University, which are the tenets of democracy and science: Freedom of thought and an all-encompassing approach. Socially-oriented sentiments refer to the social responsibility emphasised and required by BiMBA of all its students: Respect for nature and love for mankind as well as charity and benevolence. National development is the Langrun spirit of prospering the people that is innate to BiMBA: The rise and fall of the nation concerns everyone. A global vision refers to the key characteristic of BiMBA as it participates fully in international partnerships and innovations: Knowledge is derived from books and one’s experience of the world. Based on these school management ideals, BiMBA has established an academic model over the past 20 years which focusses on boosting the overall abilities and leadership skills of their students, whereby the academic programme cultivates a visionary approach, broad perspective, professionalism, values and character in our students.
BiMBA of the NSD is serious about helping our students cultivate a global vision and broad perspective. As such, besides teaching international management principles in class, we also go beyond the four walls of the management studies classroom to conduct study tours to the U.S., Europe, Taiwan, Japan, India and South Korea. Over the course of such study tours, students get to personally witness and experience the management and operational methods of different countries and cultures.
As it is crucial to develop professionalism in our students, BiMBA of the NSD leverages the resources of the NSD which is an internationally renowned think-tank. Hence, the Sino-foreign academic programme boasts a team of academic instructors made up of economic experts such as Lin Yinfu, Zhou Qiren, Song Guoqing, Lv Feng, Huang Yiping, Yao Yang and Hu Dayuan who practice the integration of Eastern and Western management principles.BiMBA of the NSD also focusses on developing the character and values of our students while encouraging them to care for people. Taking a leaf from the West Point Military Academy on leadership skills, the institutional creed includes the code that one “will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.” Through the experiential learning of crossing the Chishui river four times, students get to strengthen their decision-making power and willpower under critical situations.
In the next twenty years, China will be faced with larger economic and social challenges. As one of the top business institutions in China, BiMBA of the NSD at Peking University has been tasked with an important mission to influence and cultivate social development and reform the nation’s core driving force. It is crucial that the people of BiMBA at Peking University do the right things well. Our people cannot be merely fixated on their own personal growth and development. Instead, they should also look at how their personal paths are intertwined with the fate of the nation, people, society, and the world. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of BiMBA of the NSD, I firmly believe that the path ahead is windy and the future is bright. In the years to come, the people of BiMBA will continue to make a name for the institution and bring a positive impact on the development, progress and culture of Chinese society.