TIEMBA Holds Opening Ceremony at Tsinghua SEM

The School of Economics and Management warmly welcomed the new cohort of Tsinghua EMBA students on Aug 31. The opening ceremony was moderated by Professor XUE Jian, Associate Dean at the School of Economics and Management (SEM), Tsinghua University.

Dean BAI Chong-En giving a speech at the opening ceremony

Professor BAI Chong-En extended a warm welcome and heartfelt congratulations to the new students in his remarks, and said that students should “move from vanity to reality”, and to be pragmatic and down-to-earth during their study at Tsinghua University.

He emphasized four points: having the attitude of contributing to society, expanding international scopes, adhering to the method of combining theory with practice, and continuing visionary thinking. The challenges of the times test the responsibility and commitment of every Tsinghua student. Regardless of their age or position, Professor BAI hopes that every Tsinghua EMBA student will uphold the aspiration of Tsinghua students to pursue excellence and cherish the ideal of the world, and contribute their wisdom amid scientific and technological progress, national development and industrial transformation.

Prof. XUE Jian moderates at the opening ceremony

Professor PEYER Urs, Dean of INSEAD sent his regards to new students in a video message. “You are joining two prestigious schools. I’m very excited to create a truly global learning environment for and with you,” said Professor PEYER.

Prof. PEYER Urs, Dean of INSEAD addressing the ceremony by video

“Your TIEMBA programme is important for INSEAD because our mission is to develop leaders who can work across cultures and ideas to become impactful leaders. This has been a founding value of INSEAD since 1959,” said Professor PEYER.

“I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you in the coming two years to help you achieve your growth objectives, around career, leadership development, and network building, on foundation of academic and leadership learning. I wish you a good start. Please do engage with each other, be open, and bring your curiosity to class and meetings,” said Professor PEYER.

Ms. JIA Li, Director of EMBA Programmes makes orientation

JIA Li, Director of Tsinghua EMBA Programmes, traced the history, mission and vision of the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University.

The school’s EMBA programme has been ranked top among all the EMBA programmes in China for nine consecutive years by the Manager magazine. The TIEMBA programme, on the other hand, has been focusing on creating world’s top global business learning experience since its founding in 2007. In the past 16 years, more than 600 students from 49 countries in the world have become TIEMBA alumni. The TIEMBA programme has been ranked as one of the top global EMBA programmes by Financial Times and QS.

EMBA graduate HAN Chao and four students from the new cohort, LI Wulin, ROSE Philippe, WU Di, and ZHONG Xianggang gave speeches.

When ROSE Philippe, student representative for TIEMBA Class of 2024, learned that his class would continue hybrid learning due to Covid restrictions, he had doubts at first. But as his classmates started getting to know each other, it gradually dawned on ROSE that there is something unique about learning under imperfect circumstances.

Mr. ROSE Philippe speaks by video at the ceremony

“We already started building bridges across our different industries, functions and even countries, despite quarantines and health codes,” said ROSE. “So, this is what matters: creating a great journey with all the challenges we are faced with. This is how we can be effective leaders with the much bigger challenges all round: those that require us to reach out beyond ourselves in business, the economy, and international stability.”

In addition, Professor CHEN Zhangwu, former senior associate dean of Tsinghua SEM, and Professor LIU Qing, head of the graduate working group of Tsinghua SEM also gave speeches at the ceremony.

Over 380 students attended the ceremony at the School of Economics and Management in person, with students joining online from across China and the world. The new cohort of TIEMBA Class of 2024 consists of 36 students from 11 countries and regions. Congratulations again! A wonderful, challenging journey lies ahead.

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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