The opening ceremony of Manchester Business School’s new office space in China took place recently in Shanghai. The Centre occupies space of over 1,000 square meters – four times larger than the previous office which opened in 2008 – in order to accommodate the growing student body in the city.
Professor Keith Brown, Vice President of the University of Manchester; Professor Fiona Devine, Acting Head at Manchester Business School; and Nigel Banister, Chief Global Officer; made the trip to China to attend the grand opening ceremony.
Matt Burney, Area Director of the British Council, delivered a keynote speech at the event. He commented that the development and achievements made by MBS are a role model for British education overseas and he expects more Sino-UK education projects and cultural cooperation in the future.
The Centre is located in the central business district of Shanghai and is equipped with first-class facilities for staff, visitors and students.
Sherry Fu, China Centre Director, said: “The new centre was carefully designed by combining western and eastern styles together with the overall style of MBS in the UK. We are committed to providing world-class business education opportunities to the Chinese people and continuously making a contribution to society and development of regional education.”
Representatives from MBS partner institutions – Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Tongji University – together with senior executives from major multinational companies also attended the event.
As part of their trip, the delegation from Manchester visited the School of Economics and Management (SEM) at Tongji University – meeting with Tongji University’s Vice President, Professor Wu Zhiqiang and the Dean of SEM – Professor Huo Jiazhen.
MBS and SEM have offered a jointly-delivered Global MBA since 2009 and during the visit, the partnership agreement was formally renewed.