China Europe International Business School

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China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
CEIBS logo.png
Motto 中国深度 全球广度 (simplified Chinese)
Motto in English
China Depth, Global Breadth
Type Business school
Established 1994
President Li Mingjun, Pedro Nueno
Dean Ding Yuan
Postgraduates 1,078
Location Shanghai
Affiliations Shanghai Jiao Tong University
European Commission
Ministry of Foreign Trade

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS; simplified Chinese: 中欧国际工商学院; traditional Chinese: 中歐國際工商學院) is a globally top-ranked business school located in Shanghai, China.

Established under an agreement between the Chinese government and the European Commission in Shanghai in November 1994, CEIBS was the first business school in mainland China to offer a full-time MBA, an Executive MBA and a wide range of Executive Education programmes. All three programmes are ranked in the world's Top 30 by the Financial Times. In 2012, CEIBS began offering a part-time MBA in Finance. By the end of 2016, CEIBS had more than 19,000 alumni across the world, and had provided management training for over 100,000 executives.

The school's predecessor, the China-EC Management Institute (CEMI), was launched in Beijing in 1984. After CEIBS was formally established in 1994 in collaboration with its partners European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, it later moved to Minhang in Shanghai. Today, CEIBS has its main campus in Shanghai's Pudong district. It also has campuses in Beijing, Zurich and Accra, Ghana as well as teaching facilities in Shenzhen. CEIBS’ Zurich Campus was established in 2015, with the purchase of the Lorange Institute of Business. It now operates as the Zurich Institute of Business Education, and is the school’s base in Europe.


View of the water fountains and sidewalks between the library (L) and dormitories (R) of the CEIBS Shanghai campus

CEIBS has developed one of the top MBA programmes in Asia and it is ranked 11 in the world, according to the Financial Times (2017 edition).[1] In 2009, CEIBS became the first Chinese business school to make the world's Top 10 MBA ranking compiled by the FT.[2] Its EMBA programme, ranked 13th worldwide by the same publication in 2016,[3] is the largest in the world, topping 700 students in Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen. The school also trains about 10,000 students through CEIBS’ short-term executive programs each year.

Establishing its first campus in 1994 in Shanghai’s Pudong district made CEIBS the first business school in mainland China with its own campus, designed by Henry N. Cobb and Ian Bader of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. In 2011, CEIBS began the 18-month construction of Phase 3 of the Shanghai Campus which doubled its size to 7.5 million square meters.

CEIBS opened its Beijing campus on April 24, 2010, within Beijing’s Zhongguangcun Software Park alongside the research centres of IBM, Oracle, Neusoft and more than 200 other leading technology companies. It effectively doubled the school’s total number of classroom seats.

Designed by the Spanish architectural firm IDOM, the Beijing campus hosts CEIBS EMBA programme and executive education courses. Each year, the CEIBS Beijing campus graduates almost 300 EMBA students and nearly 3,000 executive education participants. The campus is also a central meeting point for CEIBS alumni as Beijing is home to CEIBS’ second-largest alumni chapter (after Shanghai).

In May 2009 CEIBS started an EMBA programme in Ghana, being the first Asian business school to do so in Africa.[4] CEIBS was also the first Asian business school, and one of the very few around the globe, to become carbon neutral in 2011.[5]

It was announced in November 2015 that CEIBS had acquired the Lorange Institute of Business of Zurich for 16.5 million francs, with plans to train over 200 Chinese managers per month.[6]

Today the new entity, Zurich Institute of Business Education, offers one cohort of the prestigious CEIBS Global EMBA along with serving as the base for various study tours and shorter term executive education courses.

80% of the overseas students who graduate from China Europe International Business School establish residence and work in the Asia-Pacific region.[7]

Programs offered[edit]

  • MBA
  • Finance MBA (Part-time)
  • MBA/Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (Coordinated with Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University)
  • MBA/Master of Public Health (Coordinated with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
  • MBA/Master of Management in Hospitality (Coordinated with Cornell University School of Hotel Administration)
  • Executive MBA (taught in Mandarin)
  • Global Executive MBA Shanghai cohort (taught in English)
    • Class meets 4 days every month for 20 months, starting October every year
    • Most courses are delivered in Shanghai; there is also 1 module in Europe, 1 module in the U.S., and at least 2 global electives
  • Global Executive MBA Zurich cohort (taught in English)
    • Class meets 8 days every 2 month for 18 months, starting September every year
    • Most courses are delivered in Zurich; there is also 1 module in Accra and 1 module in Shanghai and at least 2 global electives
  • Executive Education
  • PhD in Management (Coordinated with Shanghai Jiaotong University)

Rankings and statistics[edit]


CEIBS MBA Programme:

  • #1 in Asia, #11 globally full-time MBA Programme (2017): Financial Times
  • #1 in Asia, #4 globally among 2-year programmes outside the US, 2015: Forbes Magazine
  • #1 in China 2011, 2007 & 2006 (3 consecutive surveys): Bloomberg Businessweek China
  • #1 "Most Valuable Full-time MBA Programme in China" (for five consecutive surveys in 2005-2007, 2010, 2012): Forbes China
  • #24 full-time MBA in the world (2016): Bloomberg Businessweek
  • "Best Business School in China" (2011, 2010, 2009): Eduniversal (award chosen by 1,000 international b-school deans)
  • #9 among "Top B-schools in Asia/Australasia" (2011) QS Top MBA
  • #15 among Best International Schools - Poets & Quants 2016

CEIBS Global EMBA Programme:

CEIBS Executive Education Open Enrolment Programme:

CEIBS Executive Education Combined Ranking:

CEIBS Executive Education Company Specific Programme (CSP):

Admission to the MBA programme[edit]

Key Admission Stats:

  • Average GMAT: 692
  • Average years of work experience: 5.3
  • Average age: 29

Admission to the Global EMBA programme[edit]

Key Admission Stats:

  • Average years of work experience: 13
  • Average age: 38

Sponsoring entities[edit]

Unlike most major business schools, CEIBS finances itself mostly from stipends. In the past it has received funding from the municipal government of Shanghai and the European Union.

Notable people[edit]

Faculty and staff[edit]

Complete list of CEIBS’ full-time faculty at

Person Position
Li Mingjun President (March 2015 - present)
Pedro Nueno President, Chengwei Ventures Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship
Ding Yuan Vice President & Dean, Professor of Accounting, Cathay Capital Chair in Accounting
Zhang Weijiong Vice President and Co-Dean, Professor of Strategy, Member of the Academic Council
Romano Prodi Sino-Europe Dialogue Chair, former Prime Minister of Italy and President of the European Commission
Wu Jinglian Professor of Economics, one of the preeminent economists of the People's Republic of China
Xu Xiaonian Professor of Economics and Finance, named by Businessweek as one of China's Most Powerful People in 2009[8]


  • Che Fengsheng, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holding Group Ltd
  • Chen Hao, Governor of Yunnan province
  • Chen Jianqiang, Founder and Chairman, Springland International
  • Chen Zhilie, Chairman, EVOC Group
  • Edward Zhu, Founder and CEO, CHIIC & CHIC Group
  • Fan Yanqing, Secretary, Changzhou Municipal Committee of the CPC
  • Hu Haiqing, daughter of former Chinese President Hu Jintao
  • Huang Nubo, Chairman, Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group
  • James Deng, CEO and President, Beijing Novartis Pharma Ltd
  • Ji Qi, Founder and CEO of China Lodging Group and co-founder of Ctrip
  • Jin Zhiguo, former President, Tsingtao Brewery
  • Jonathan Lu, Vice-Chairman, Alibaba Group
  • Kevin Li, Founder and former CEO,
  • Lan Yu, fashion designer
  • Lidia Fluhme, Founder & President, Gran Fondo New York
  • Liu Qiangdong, Founder and President,
  • Lu Feng, Chairman, Shanghai Wind Information Co.
  • Mark Secchia, Founder, Sherpas Food Delivery Service Co
  • Ren Xin, Co-founder and COO, Shanghai Tianhailu Internet Technology, named by Forbes China as one of China's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in 2012.[9]
  • Robert Xu, Founder and Chairman, Kingdee International Software Group
  • Rong Guangdao, Chairman, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co.
  • Shirley Xiao, Vice President, Vanke
  • Tan Lixia, CFO, Haier
  • Tao Qingrong, CEO, Springland International
  • Wang Feng, Founder, LuxSea Boutiques, named by Forbes China as one of China's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in 2012.[10]
  • Wang Shuaiting, Vice Chairman, China Resources
  • Wei Feiyan, Chairman, Guangxi Huahong Pharmaceutical
  • Wong Chun Hong, Chairman, Top Spring International and Vice Chairman, Rainbow Department Store
  • Wu Guangming, Chairman, Yuyue Medical Equipment & Supply
  • Wu Jingshui, CFO, Mengniu Dairy
  • Xu Hang, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics
  • Yan Yiming, Founder and Attorney, Shanghai Yan Yiming Law Firm
  • Yang Lan, Co-founder, Sun TV
  • Yang Longzhong, Co-founder, BYD Company
  • Yang Mingping, Co-Founder,, named by Forbes China as one of China's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in 2012.[11]
  • Yang Xianxiang, CEO, SITC International Holdings
  • Zhao Danyang, CEO, Pure Heart Asset Management
  • Zhu Yicai, Founder and former Chairman, Yurun Group


  1. ^ [1] - Financial Times. Retrieved on January 26, 2015.
  2. ^ CEIBS MBA Profile - Financial Times. Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Global EMBA Rankings 2016 - Financial Times. Retrieved on October 20, 2014.
  4. ^ CEIBS EMBA Africa Program - Financial Times. Retrieved on June 12, 2012.
  5. ^ CEIBS Becomes 1st Business School in Asia to Achieve “Carbon Neutral” Status - BusinessBecause. Retrieved on June 12, 2012.
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  7. ^ The Business School Building Boom: How Do MBAs Rate Their Facilities? Business Because, Seb Murray, 27 Jan 2014
  8. ^ China's Most Powerful People 2009 - Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Four CEIBS MBA Alumni on Forbes China’s List of Top 30 Chinese Entrepreneurs Under 30 - CEIBS. Retrieved on May 12, 2012.
  10. ^ Four CEIBS MBA Alumni on Forbes China’s List of Top 30 Chinese Entrepreneurs Under 30 - CEIBS. Retrieved on May 12, 2012.
  11. ^ Four CEIBS MBA Alumni on Forbes China’s List of Top 30 Chinese Entrepreneurs Under 30 - CEIBS. Retrieved on May 12, 2012.

External links[edit]

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