News Details | 22-Feb-2012

Business China and NTU announce Future China Advanced Leaders Programme: A fast track to business success in China

A collaboration between Business China & Nanyang Business School to jointly produce future leaders who are ‘China-ready’, ‘China-savvy and ‘Well-Connected’.

Business China and Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Nanyang Business School signed a Collaboration Agreement on 22 February 2012, to establish an advanced management programme nurturing China-savvy senior executives.   

Under the collaboration, both organisations will jointly conduct the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme, which is specially designed for business leaders, senior executives and heads of organizations based in Singapore, who have to manage or lead operations in China. The three-week programme will help participants gain an intimate understanding of China through an integrated in-depth study of its cultural, historical, political, social and economic paradigms. Participants will also get to network with key business leaders and government officials during a week-long field visit to China.

The agreement was signed by CEO of Business China, Ms Low Yen Ling and Interim Dean of Nanyang Business School, Professor Gillian Yeo. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Mrs Josephine Teo, President of NTU, Professor Bertil Andersson and Chairman of Business China, Mr Chua Thian Poh.

Design and planning for The Future China Advanced Leaders Programme began in 2010 when Mrs Josephine Teo was Business China’s CEO. Heartened to see the Programme's launch, Mrs Teo said it provided a springboard for participants to think differently about China.  “There's no question that businesses want to tap the growth potential of China.  Everyone does but not all will succeed.  What the programme offers is a unique blend of business and cultural insights to help participants think strategically about their dealings with China and identify new competencies they must develop to be effective in the long-term.  In this way, we also contribute to the deepening of the relationship between Singapore and China.”

Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU’s President, said: “Our partnership with Business China marks an important milestone in our vision to forge a New Silk Road of ideas that bridges the best of the East with the West, as part of NTU’s 2015 strategic plan. The Future China Advanced Leaders Programme opens a new chapter in our aim to become a global centre of knowledge for China.  For 20 years, we have been training China’s corporate and public leaders in areas ranging from international finance to international business management theory and practice. With this Programme, ideas and insights will flow in both directions, as we help business and government leaders feel the pulse of this fast evolving global powerhouse.”

Mr Chua Thian Poh, Chairman of Business China, said: “Since our inception in November 2007, we have strived to groom more bilingual and bi-cultural talent in Singapore through a variety of programmes and events. To achieve maximum effectiveness and outcomes, we believe it is crucial to work with strategic partners who share our vision, like Nanyang Business School. The Future China Advanced Leaders Programme is one of our signature programmes launched in celebration of our fifth anniversary this year. We hope participants will not only gain an insider’s understanding of China, they will also develop an awareness of Chinese culture, enabling them to engage their China counterparts at a deeper and more personal level in the future.”

The Programme is the only general management course in Asia to comprehensively address the complex dynamics between social, political, economic and cultural factors that are fuelling China’s rapid rise. Designed to provide an immersive and holistic learning experience, the programme will give participants comprehensive and first-hand understanding of doing business in China. Participants can expect to gain in-depth insights into China’s political economy and business strategies that work in the country. They will acquire an appreciation for Chinese history, philosophy, art and culture – crucial to building strong and beneficial relationships with their Chinese counterparts – through first-hand experiences in Chinese tea drinking, calligraphy and cuisine. They will also gain opportunities to build up their network with China’s key business leaders and government officials during a week-long field visit to the country.

Further details about the programme can be found in the following annexes.
Annex 1 – Course Synopsis
Annex 2 – Instructors profiles

Media contacts:

Oon Yee Hon (Ms)
Assistant Manager (Corporate Communications)
Business China
Tel: (65) 6842 1233

Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687


About Business China

Business China was launched in November 2007 by our Patron, then Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. We are a platform integrating language, economic and cultural elements. Our mission is to nurture an inclusive bilingual and bi-cultural group of Singaporeans through extensive use of the Chinese language as the medium of communication, so as to sustain our multi-cultural heritage, and to develop a cultural and economic bridge linking the world and China.

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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About Nanyang Business School

Ranked consistently as one of the top business schools in Asia, Nanyang Business School, a college of the internationally-acclaimed Nanyang Technological University, is committed to excellent teaching, innovative curricula, quality research and dynamic industry linkages. The school nurtures business leaders from around the world, seeking to advance knowledge in the theory and practice of management globally. , The school is a well-respected brand name in China, having trained more than 10,000 of the country’s business and public leaders since 1992 through a comprehensive suite of post-graduate and executive China programmes.


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