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From 1993 to 1998, TONG Zhilei pursued undergraduate study in the Department of Automotive Engineering at Tsinghua University, where he ultimately obtained bachelor's degrees in engineering, management and law. In 2000, he graduated from the IMBA program, jointly developed by MIT and Tsinghua University. He was the COO of FanSo Information Technology Co., Ltd from 1999 to 2000 and CEO of Tide Times Corporation from 2001 to 2003. Since 2000, he has also been the Chairman and President of ChineseAll Digital Publishing Group，one of the leading digital publishing companies in China.
Policymakers back in Singapore do not question the rise of China even if they are not sure of the exact timing. Even though we are a small island, we are now the largest foreign investor in China after Japan pulled out of some investments following the Anti-Japanese protests.
It’s great to see so many familiar faces here this morning … and it’s a bit crazy for me to think about the fact that four weeks ago today, I hadn’t met anyone in this room. It’s amazing how much can change in less than a month. Right?
“What are my strengths and weaknesses?” “What do I derive satisfaction from?” “Which aspects am I determined to build up?” These are questions that Kelly would often ask herself whenever she was faced with choices, new paths to take, or ways to spend her time, be it in her professional or personal life.
In 2001, YANG Cheng quit his job at the Sports Market Management Section of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports, and decided to pursue a long-expected IMBA degree at Tsinghua SEM. During the two-year program, he left two strings of footprints, deep and shallow, on Tsinghua’s campus. One reflects his study at Tsinghua SEM, and the other his persistence in jogging and cultivation of sports hobbies. Actually, it is these two paths, complimenting and supporting each other, that enabled him to achieve his career today.
NAN Ning, often addressed as NAN Xiaoning, comes from Inner Mongolia. Different from what I expected to be a stalwart Mongolian man, he has big eyes, bushy brows, and long lashes—good looks that can win the heart of numerous young ladies. With multiple social roles as a student, a husband, and a father, he is also an idealistic and entrepreneurial young man, serving as the CEO of BitOcean.
“The Tsinghua MBA experience had taught me to be daring and to push boundaries. If you abide by all the written rules, you might not get far. If you challenge the rules, you either beg for forgiveness in the mistakes you make or you might chart a new path for others.”
“People who come to Beijing for an MBA program must be flexible, adaptable and open. Do not always frown upon the way things are done in China; we have to accept the local system for what it is and not how it compares to what we are used to back in our home country. There are a lot of things that we can learn from the Chinese. There are a lot of aspects in which foreigners can work with the locals to build bridges that will help bring both sides together in terms of social, economic and political collaborations”.
“Expand your social network during your time at Tsinghua. Be actively involved in all Tsinghua activities and be sure to keep in contact and catch up with one another. Having this group of network is very important because you will have friends telling you the “real version” of everything in China, beyond what is reported in the mainstream media. This makes you learn and do things faster.”
“Not everything made sense to me when I first came to China, but since I am in the country, why not make the best of everything? However, I have also come to realize that nothing will be served to you on a plate. You have to put yourself out there to make a name for yourself. Even if it means getting a lot of rejections, you have to do it so that opportunities will come to your way. If you work very hard, persevere and fight very hard for all opportunities, you’ll eventually be endlessly rewarded”.