6 Reasons Studying Master’s in ICPM is Better than an MBA

As China’s economy continues to expand, more and more international students are considering studying an MBA in China. There are a large number of high quality MBA programs you can choose from.

However here are six reasons you might want to consider studying ICPM (International Construction & Project Management). ICPM is a Master’s Program at the prestigious Tsinghua University.

It is suitable for people who are interested in a career in business, tech or property.

1> Develop Extremely Useful, Practical skills That Can be Applied to Any Field

If you look at most of the MBA program courses clearly you will be able to see that the courses and modules are mostly quite similar. While the MBA might be suitable for certain types of people, there are some real advantages for other students to study a more “Concrete” program.

International construction projects require a huge amount of coordination and project management skills. If you can learn the intricacies of how to do construction projects, a much more simple business project will be much more simple to complete.

2> China is the world leader in construction

Shanghai bund in 20 years from 1990 to 2010

China’s economy has been booming in recent years and China is responsible for the majority of the world’s construction. They have been utilising some of the latest techniques.

Have a look at how Shanghai bund has been developing, and some of the incredible projects happening in China. From a train station being built within 9 hours, a skyscraper in just a few days. China is definitely the best place to learn construction.

3> Lower Cost

A world class MBA might set you back around $40,000 – $90,000 USD, the ICPM program is just 158,000 RMB (which is $22,000 USD in 11/2019). You can save substantial amount of money which you can use towards career development, investment, or however you like.

4> Develop an Engineers Mindset

If you come from a non-technical field, there are huge advantages to developing an engineers mindset. Especially as the economy becomes much more digital and tech oriented.

There is also so much potential for innovation to combine skills used in different fields. Think of Leonard Da Vinci, and how he combined his engineers mindset with art, biology to become one of the most famous genius of our species. 

Elon Musk is a great example of an engineer who uses his mindset and engineer skills to create extraordinary companies. Engineers have been responsible for a huge amount of human development from the industrial revolution to the space age.  If you can learn the framework and principles of engineering you can have huge advantages in your ability to think logically and get stuff done. You will be a huge complement to a more business focused team or much more competitive as a leader.

5> It is fascinating

How amazing is it to learn how to build huge structures and coordinate teams of top people to get stuff done! There is both an art, and a science to it. There is so much to learn about techniques, skills, and always new ways to improve and learn. Add to this the fact that its in China! A country with such rich history and interesting culture, you will be add rocket fuel to your learning and leave the program amazed and excited at what you can accomplish.

The Great Wall of China built from 7th century BC is one of the most extraordinary construction projects ever constructed
Chinese architecture is well known for its beauty. We can learn interesting and new architectural concepts from China

6> There are huge opportunities

There are huge opportunities in the area of international construction. There are significant skills shortages around the world. While some may not consider it “hot” – if you can get world class at construction and project management and can operate on a world stage, you will be able to see opportunities and have the skills to literally create something out of nothing.

About ICPM Program 

The Master’s in Engineering in International Construction and Project Management (ICPM) at Tsinghua University is a 2 year program for international students taught in English.

The unique characteristic of this program is to expose students to a new way of thinking, and to create awareness of how Chinese organizations operate, manage, and delivery projects in the fast-changing world. The program is practice-oriented.

The program introductory video is below:

The program is open to all applicants, irrespective of professional discipline, who want to develop their expertise in international construction and /or project management.

You can choose the Master’s in Engineering in ICPM, the Summer Program, or the Online Program. Check the link below for more info:

Tsinghua is consistently ranked 1st or 2nd in China and among the best in the world for engineering and computer science programs. Located in the North West of Beijing in the University District (Haidian District) on the former site of the Qing Dynasty royal gardens it is also well known for having one of the most beautiful campuses in China. Tsinghua University is also one of the most international Universities in China with over 3,800 international students.