Peking University HSBC Business School

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Peking University HSBC Business School
TypePublic University
DeanHai Wen (海闻)
Academic staff
Peking University HSBC Business School
Simplified Chinese北京大学汇丰商学院
Traditional Chinese北京大學匯豐商學院

Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS; Chinese: 北大汇丰商学院) is a graduate-level business school, under the auspices of Peking University, located in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, at the university's only satellite campus. PHBS was founded in 2004 and, following HSBC's direct and indirect charity donation to the school in 2008, became the first Chinese institution of higher education to offer English-only business programs at a Master level (EMBA program remains in Mandarin). In February 2017, PHBS announced the establishment of a campus in the town of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK), which is believed to position the school as the first Chinese university and business school to maintain an independent international campus beyond the Mainland China border.[1]


The school is located in the Xili town of Shenzhen in a place called "University Town," which holds the Shenzhen campuses of Peking University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Tsinghua University. Within the Shenzhen Graduate School campus of Peking University are located eight schools, including the Transnational School of Law and several science departments in addition to the HSBC Business School.

Shenzhen's University Town is located just outside the city center, in a suburban community to the northwest of the city itself. The University area is separated from the urban sprawl by Pingshan Mountain, which prevents much of the city's pollution from encroaching on the campus. University Town is connected to the rest of Shenzhen by metro and the public bus system.


Teaching Building of the Peking University HSBC Business School.

HSBC Business School (PHBS) was founded in 2004. The school aims to provide master's degree programs to domestic and international students, as well as a range of Executive Education programs to mid-career Chinese professionals. Currently, PHBS offers two-year Master's programs in Management, Economics, Finance and MBA. The programs are math-intensive and based upon an international standard of methodology and research application. Each program culminates in a thesis defense process in which students must successfully orally defend a graduate-level research project in front of faculty. The name "HSBC" was added to the school's name when HSBC made a charity donation to the school.[2][3] This school uniquely teaches its full-time graduate classes solely in English and has approximately 35 English-speaking international faculty with advanced doctoral degrees from top institutions from outside Mainland China to bring an internationally focused education to the school.[4] Students are both Chinese and international. All classes are graduate level, and include management, economics, and finance based subjects. The HSBC Business School also offers dual master's degree programs collaboratively with The University of Hong Kong[5] and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Beginning in the year 2013/2014, HSBC School of Business will also be offering a dual degree program in collaboration with Risk Management Institute at National University of Singapore. Students of PHBS's Masters of Economics and Masters of Management program can also earn RMI's coveted Master of Science in Financial Engineering with three years of full-time study with most of the classes held at Shenzhen based PHBS .[6]


As an English-language program based in one of China's largest cities, Peking University HSBC Business School has sought to drastically increase the amount of international influence on campus in recent years. Currently, about 40% of PHBS faculty are non-Chinese, and the majority of PHBS faculty obtained their PhDs from American institutions. This included universities such as Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford University. In addition, the school actively recruits international students who are interested in taking advantage of the Chinese financial and business markets. The school appeals to international applicants interested in the Chinese market. The upcoming 2016-2017 international student class is expected to be the largest in the school's history with over 91 international students coming from 41 different countries.

PHBS building[edit]

In fall 2013 classes started being taught in Peking University HSBC Business School’s new building. Located only 10 minutes walking distance from the Shenzhen Graduate School campus, the new building spans over 60,000 square meters. The building’s construction was funded through the support of donations from HSBC and is the largest single business school building in the world.[7]

Design features[edit]

The structure sits on a plot of land totaling 10,392 square meters and the building itself offers more than 60,000 square meters of space for student and faculty use.[7] The building’s structure includes modern teaching and research space, study centers, a concert auditorium, exhibition rooms, archives, a staff center, a café, relaxation center, restaurant, art gallery and other facilities for the PHBS staff and students. The building also includes a lecture hall which can host up to 1000 participants.

PHBS’ innovative and “green conscious” design was constructed using XR-2 energy-efficient glass. The structure’s stone paneling helps insulate the building for further energy efficiency and its roof siphoning drainage system reduces the number of pipelines used. The surrounding area relies on a rainwater recovery system in order to keep the grounds green.[7]

General information[edit]


  • RMB 138,000 for Peking University programs
  • SGD 33,600 for the National University of Singapore program[8]

Degrees offered[edit]

  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Finance (Professional degree)
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Financial Media
  • Full-time MBA (*Chinese and English programs)
  • Part-time MBA (*conducted only in Chinese)
  • Finance-Economics Dual-Master Program with Chinese University of Hong Kong (*only available to domestic students)
  • Doctorate of Economics(*must have a masters in Economics or Finance and have written a master thesis in Chinese)
  • Executive MBA Program (*conducted only in Chinese)
  • Executive Development Program (conducted only in Chinese)

Duration of programs[edit]

  • Domestic Master's Programs (academic and professional degrees both): 3 years, with internship forbidden in the first year
  • International Master’s Programs: 2 years
  • PhD Program: 3 years


  • Full-time Faculty: 52
  • Part-time and Visiting Faculty: 3

Average class size[edit]

  • Mandatory: 60
  • Elective: 15

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Peking University HSBC Business School Oxford Campus to open". 2008-11-03. Archived from the original on 2017-03-05. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  2. ^ "HSBC Donates 150 Million to Peking University - Build the World-Class Business School at Shenzhen". 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
  3. ^ "HSBC Supports Peking University - - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Business Intelligence, and Sustainability News for China". 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
  4. ^ "北京大学汇丰商学院". Retrieved 2013-01-05.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "北京大学汇丰商学院". Archived from the original on 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2013-01-05.
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  7. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2014-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "北京大学汇丰商学院2019年硕士研究生招生信息 - 研究生 - 北京大学汇丰商学院".

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