2023 MBA Students Set Sail at Chengze Garden
On September 1, BiMBA Business School held an opening ceremony and orientation for this year’s MBA students at Chengze Garden. To celebrate the beginning of a wonderful journey, the students were joined by a number of NSD’s teachers and administrative staff, representatives of Vlerick Business School and UCL School of Management, as well as alumni interviewers. The opening ceremony was hosted by Mr. Yu Bin, who is BiMBA Assistant Dean, Director of MBA Center, and Director of Career Development Department.
Prof. Yao Yang, Dean of both NSD and BiMBA, extended a warm welcome to the new students. He said that the NSD derives its lineage from two sources: one is the development research institutes affiliated with the central government, and the other is The Chinese Economists Society, both of which have been driving and enabling the NSD to research China’s real issues with a rigorous attitude. He also spoke highly of the two partner schools of the NSD, namely UCL and Vlerick, whose excellence and sincerity have guaranteed the first-class quality of the MBA programs at the NSD. Prof. Yao encouraged the students to view the world as their own duty, put the nation on their shoulders, and contribute to social development.
Prof. Marion Debruyne, Dean of Vlerick Business School, and Prof. Dirk Buyens, International Dean of Vlerick for BiMBA program, sent videos to welcome the students and called on them to turn their dreams into reality through hard work, just like what Vlerick’s motto inspires: Live, Learn, Leap. Prof. Filip Roodhooft, Academic Dean of Vlerick, attended the opening ceremony and advised the students to manage time well, enhance efficiency, and connect with others.
Prof. Davide Ravasi, Dean of UCL School of Management, said in his speech that UCL was founded on the principles of equality, fairness, academic freedom and diversity; therefore, the school is dedicated to providing the best teachers and opportunities to the MBA students. Michael Manlangit, the school’s Assistant Professor and Director of International Program, also joined the ceremony and said that the core topics of the MBA program cover tech power, innovation capability, management competence, and leadership, all of which are the best tools and qualities to tackle uncertainties. He expressed confidence in supporting the students to realize their leadership potential.
Ms. Liu Aonan, student representative of the full-time MBA program, said in her speech that the world-leading educational resources of Peking University and UCL will endow the students with authentic global horizons and profound insights into the business world, thus catalyzing their growth through two-year studies. She is ready to devote her uttermost passion and resolution to working hard and becoming an outstanding self.
Mr. Shen Yue, student representative of the PKU-UCL part-time MBA program, works for the Ministry of Commerce. Based on his five-year posting experience in South America, he believed much still needs to be done to build mutual trust between China and the other countries. With its international gene, BiMBA is well positioned to help the students to do a good job in telling China stories to the world and contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, he said.
Ms. Zhang Jiani, student representative of PKU-Vlerick part-time MBA program, received her Bachelor’s degree from Peking University 18 years ago and now returned to the campus in pursuit of an MBA program. She said our time brims with challenges and uncertainties, the solution to which lies in acquiring global horizons and comprehensive and deep knowledge of China and the world. BiMBA, with its international and cross-cultural traits, thus stands as the best choice for aspirational youths.
Following a school badge pinning session, the students took part in the orientation which focused on curriculum, academic disciplines, and career development support.