Dec 8, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

Two universities in Hong Kong and Moscow have partnered to launch a new joint Executive MBA program aimed at preparing graduates for careers as business leaders under China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan.. Here’s a closer look at the initiative, as reported by BusinessBecause.

An Exciting New EMBA

In response to China’s massive infrastructure development strategy, Russia’s Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and Hong Kong’s HKUST Business School have teamed up to create an EMBA focused on opportunities in that region.

Scheduled to begin in the winter of 2018, the English-language program will consist of part-time coursework delivered over a 17-month period. Its six international modules will include the US, China, Israel, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and Russia.

According to BusinessBecause, “This collaboration between a Russian and Chinese school can be seen as a direct result of China’s growing global influence and economy, and efforts to play a larger role in global affairs and to develop a China-centred trading network.”

Breaking New Ground

Said HKUST dean Professor Tam Kar Yan, “The new partnership program seeks to develop business leaders for Eurasia, meeting the needs of the growth in the region and supporting the development along the Belt and Road countries. 

Echoed HKUST associate dean Professor Steven DeKrey, “The new program aims to provide advanced education in leadership and management to corporate leaders and entrepreneurs targeting or doing business in Eurasia….The program will leverage on the strengths and experience of HKUST by placing students at the cutting-edge of knowledge, underpinned by Eurasia, innovation and leadership, to prepare them to undertake a transformational journey.”

 

 

The EMBA also speaks to increasing interest from Russia in international collaboration. Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev said at SKOLKOVO’s annual International Advisory Board meeting, “ “Another priority of modern business education is scientific and educational cooperation. First of all – international, because the best management practices are 80% applicable in all countries….I support the desire of the SKOLKOVO to join international business schools associations to confirm the world level of education and research.”

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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