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Letter to Students from International MBA Executive Director
Jul 12, 2020



Pearl Donghui Mao
Executive Director
MBA Programs
Tsinghua SEM





January 2007

Dear Students,


How time flies! 2006 has been a banner year both for our programs and for me. It was a year of accomplishments and of innovation, which witnessed the 10- year anniversary of our collaboration with MIT Sloan, the relocation of our MBA Programs office, the maiden annual party of our MBA students, and more. Together, we have accomplished so much over the past year. 

Personally, I switched roles from CDC Director to Executive Director of MBA Programs this time last year. In stepping into this new role, I feel grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of this outstanding institution and to meet you passionate students. Simultaneously, my colleagues and I feel challenged to achieve more and build on our past achievements. We strive to break new ground in our quest to become a world-class business school, educating leaders for China and the world. I am deeply honored to work with you all in achieving these objectives.

One of the challenges which we are confronting during the internationalization of our program involves the sharing of MBA program information in English. I feel strongly about the necessity of English communication and I’m very delighted to announce the launch of “Messages from the Program Director” -- a new electronic publication for all of you from my office. 

The idea is to keep you abreast of the latest developments of our International MBA Program and other MBA Programs. Issues covered will include new initiates, prospective cooperation, academic changes, student activities, and more. I will be interviewed every month and the bulletin will then be delivered to you via email. I hope the information will help you take advantage of various activities, better understand the rational of some decisions and enable you to be proactive in your student life. Since this email series will only provide a glimpse into any given subject, you should also visit the relevant pages on MBA Programs website and check your email for further or more detailed information about a particular topic.

In this first edition, I will highlight the following good news and important information:

AACSB Accreditation

We embarked on the process of AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation in 2004. This accreditation recognizes our commitment to high quality management education and continuous improvement in our educational programs and offerings. This translates into an affirmation of the internationalization of our school and also helps enhance the value of your degree and your value in international job marketplace. We anticipate becoming the first mainland China business school with AACSB International accreditation very soon. We appreciate your continued attention to this topic and encourage you to learn more about the benefits accreditation brings to you and our school. Training courses for you on AACSB Accreditation will be offered this week.

Elective Courses for 2007 Spring Semester

Our courses registration system is available for all the MBA students to register for spring courses between 10:00 am on Jan 4th and 22:00 pm on Jan 11th,.

It was not always easy to develop new courses taught in English for our International MBA Program. I am therefore delighted to inform you that we have total of 17 elective courses taught entirely in English this coming spring semester, which is a record number. There are several brand-new elective courses, including strategic Human Resource Management, Venture Capital and Advanced Marketing Management, etc.

Perhaps the most exciting news is the new Value-based Management Seminars offered by a McKinsey & Co. instructor this spring. It is a series of 4 sessions covering: leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship and high-tech industry business. The instructor is Dr. Ingo Morgenstern, Managing Director and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, responsible for leading the Asian High Tech Practice and co-leading the Global High Tech Practice. Because of time constrains, Dr. Morgenstern will only offer the course this semester without credits, but will offer a credit course in 2007 fall semester.

Gateway, Newsletter of International MBA Program

I’m also happy to announce that Gateway, the International MBA program Newsletter will be produced this week. It is a bi-monthly publication produced by the International MBA Program Gateway Student Taskforce. I believe this material will improve our program image and help communicate information about the program. I deeply appreciate your support and hard work in creating this publication and I look forward to your continued involvement in 2007. This publication will be available to all students, alumni, recruiters, prospective students, SEM faculty and staff, and Tsinghua MBA community members.

More Exchange Program choices for the 06 MBA intakes

By the end of June 2006, Tsinghua SEM had developed student exchange programs with over 50 top business schools in 19 different countries, representing the largest exchange program of any Asian business school. In 2006, we opened over 110 seats for our MBA students to go abroad and study in our partner schools during their 3rd semester. During the next round of exchanges, there will be more opportunities and some new partner schools added to our pool, including the number 1 ranked MBA program in international management at Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management in Phoenix, AZ, USA.  I graduated from Thunderbird 10 years ago and I am glad that 2 students will have exchange opportunities at Thunderbird every year as of 2007.

Best wishes for a lucky, satisfying and enjoyable 2007.


Pearl Donghui MAO

Executive Director of MBA Programs

Director of International MBA Program

School of Economics and Management

Tsinghua University




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