CKGSB & VIPKID: Online Education in China before, during and after COVID-19 – Sunday, 12th April at 9 PM

With COVID-19 sweeping the world, most of the world’s universities and schools have moved to online learning, in what has been one of the biggest changes in education for a generation.

China is the world’s largest education market with 400 million students.

What has been the impact on education in China? What has been the impact on online education companies in China ? How are they rising to meet this huge demand? And what are their expectations after-COVID-19?
And what can the rest of the world learn from China?

We are pleased to introduce this fascinating talk hosted by the prestigious Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), and supported by VIPKID which is the biggest unicorn in China’s edtech market.

The speakers are CKGSB alumni and VIPKID Founder and CEO Cindy Mi, Prof. LI Associate Professor of Marketing of CKGSB, and Mr. ZHOU Li assistant Dean of CKGSB.

Event Details

  • Topic: A Global EdTech Unicorn–before, during and after COVID-19
  • Host: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
  • Supporting Organisation: VIPKid
  • Date: Sunday, 12th April 2020
  • Time: 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm (China Time) | 9:00 am – 10:30 am (US EST)
  • Language: English, with simultaneous translation into Chinese
  • Platform: Zoom


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About the Talk

As the world faces the challenges brought about by COVID-19, the education industry has encountered the issue of how to better serve students and their families while they shelter in place. For schools around the world, the solution has been to turn to online education.

As a leader in the online education industry, VIPKID has played a major role in the globalization of education. It has become a leading EdTech company in China by matching quality North American teachers to English language learners.

With its many years of experience innovating in online education, it is now on the front lines providing customized products for schools who are testing online education for the first time. This time of crisis calls for innovation and leadership.

The global pandemic is a major challenge for everyone around the world. For those innovative companies in the online education industry, however, this crisis may hold the opportunity to change the status quo of how education has been offered to students for hundreds of years. Still, there are many uncertainties facing online education and the education industry as a whole:

  • How will online education platforms attract and retain customers in and beyond the outbreak?
  • What can online education do to make sure high-quality education is accessible to all people?
  • Can the online education industry sustain the current boom after offline schools open again?

The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) is pleased to address this pertinent topic on an upcoming webinar, “A Global EdTech Unicorn–before, during and after COVID-19” featuring founder and CEO of VIPKID, CKGSB Global MBA alumna, a young global leader of the World Economic Forum 2018, Cindy MI; and CKGSB Professor of Marketing, Academic Director of Global MBA, LI Yang, CKGSB Assistant Dean, ZHOU Li.

The Agenda

9:00 pm – 9:05 pm | Opening Remark
  • Mr. ZHOU Li, Assistant Dean, CKGSB
9:05 pm – 9:45 pm | Keynote: Decode the growth of VIPKID, an online education unicorn
  • Cindy MI,
    Founder and CEO of VIPKID,
    Alumna of CKGSB Global MBA Program
    Alumna of Chuang Community
    Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2018
9:45 pm – 10:25 pm | Dialogue & Open Q&A
  • Moderator: ZHOU LI
  • Panelists: Cindy MI, Prof. LI Yang (CKGSB Professor of Marketing, Academic Director of Global MBA, CKGSB)
10:25 pm – 10:30 pm | Conclusion

About the Speakers

Cindy MI

Founder and CEO of VIPKID
CKGSB Global MBA Class of 2010 Alumna
Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2018

In 2013, Cindy founded VIPKID, an industry leader and innovator in real-time online English language education for children, serving a community of over 700,000 paying students and over 90,000 teachers in the US and Canada. Now, with a valuation of $4.5 billion, VIPKID is the biggest unicorn in China’s EdTech market and is named as “The World’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company in 2018.

Before that, Cindy earned her MBA degree from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) in Beijing, which fostered Cindy’s entrepreneurial spirit and encouraged her to start own businesses, and connected her with China’s the most disruptive companies, such as Tencent and Baidu.

LI Yang

Associate Professor of Marketing
Academic Director of Global MBA, CKGSB

Prof. LI received his Ph.D. from Columbia Business School, where he had taught undergraduate and MBA classes. His research focuses on Internet marketing and branding. Professor LI has up-to-dated case studies on branding for young Chinese consumers including HEYTEA, Li-Ning and ANTA. He also has consulted for the most disruptive companies in China, involving Tencent, Baidu, Haier and Yonghui Groups, and also holds a U.S. patent.

Prior to joining business academia, Dr. LI had earned a bachelor degree in electronics science from Peking University, a master degree in biomedical engineering from Columbia University, and worked for United Nations in New York.


Assistant Dean, CKGSB

Mr. ZHOU Li joined CKGSB in 2010 as an Assistant Dean. He is primarily responsible for the School’s English-language Executive Education Programs, Global MBA Program, overseas operations, Case Center and applied research projects. He also serves as Chief Editor for CKGSB Knowledge, the School’s English-language magazine. He teaches “Understand China and Its Business People” to Executive MBA students of top-tier business schools and senior executives of global companies from around the world.

Prior to CKGSB, Mr. ZHOU worked for more than 20 years as CEO and in other management positions at telecom, IT, investment and consulting companies in Canada, Hong Kong and mainland China. Before he joined the corporate world, Mr. ZHOU was on the faculty of Renmin University in China, where he developed and taught International Business Management courses and was given the ‘Best Lecturer’ award. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Renmin University in China and his MBA at McGill University in Canada.

About Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) is China’s first independent, faculty-governed and non-profit business school. Founded in 2002 with support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, CKGSB’s mission is to cultivate business leaders with a global vision, a humanistic spirit, a strong sense of social responsibility and an innovative mindset.

CKGSB has a campus in Beijing, teaching sites in Shanghai and Shenzhen, and representative offices in Hong Kong, London, and New York. The school offers innovative MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA, Business Scholars Program (DBA) and Executive Education programs.

You can learn more about CKGSB here.


This accelerated English language 14-month MBA program helps young professionals transform into global business leaders with a strong understanding of China and other emerging economies.

Participants will tap into unique mentoring opportunities that will connect them to the Who’s Who of business in China as they learn from some of the best academics in one of the most dynamic markets in the world.

The CKGSB MBA Program is known as “The Entrepreneur’s MBA“, and gives students access to a wide community of highly successful founders in China. You can learn more about the CKGSB Chuang (Founders) community here.

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