The Johnson School Increases Global Footprint Through New China Partnership

Jun 28, 2010, 12:17 ET from The Johnson School at Cornell University

Alliance with Peking University will enable the best of China to collaborate with Cornell's world-class MBA students and faculty

ITHACA, N.Y., June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management has announced the addition of a certificate program and partnership with the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, the leading university in China. Identical to the Johnson School's current partnership with China's Nanjing University, students who enroll in the Peking certificate program through the Guanghua School of Management will come to the Johnson School for a week-long training.  Additionally included in the agreement are plans for a biennial joint conference devoted to research on effective management of inter-cultural interactions and multicultural teams, and an MBA student exchange program.



"This alliance will help establish our credibility and commitment to that market as the Johnson School spreads its footprint worldwide," said Ya-Ru Chen, professor of Management and Global Business at the Johnson School. "Students from Peking will likely be senior executives or government officials, so providing this opportunity for connection with the Johnson School and our students will offer all parties an invaluable chance for networking and global learning."

Chen also noted that the joint conference will unite researchers from both the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific regions to examine and provide prescriptions about common challenges managers face when interacting cross culturally.  

"The collaboration between the two sides is mutually beneficial," said Zhi-Xue Zhang, professor of Organization Management at the Guanghua School of Management. "On the one hand, it may expose students from both schools to international perspective, help to develop their global mindset and enhance the inter-cultural understanding; on the other hand, the alliance will drive the faculty from the two schools to synergize their expertise in their collaborated research projects, which will greatly facilitate the creation of new management knowledge."  

Zhang believes that the biennial joint conference will become both a platform for the organization of management scholars in the Asia-Pacific region and a bridge connecting researchers from China and the West.

The Johnson School's ongoing commitment to expanding its global imprint is a primary goal of the school's long-term strategic plan. Currently, the Johnson School has celebrated successes with its certificate program with Nanjing University in China and its innovative Executive MBA degree program with Canada's Queens University, which reaches professionals in over 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada.  Among myriad worldwide locations, the Johnson School also enjoys significant and growing relationships with partners in business and higher education in Dubai, Colombia and India.

About the Johnson School

Founded in 1946, the Johnson School is Cornell University's graduate school of management. Consistently ranked as one of the top graduate schools of business, the Johnson School builds upon Cornell's depth and breadth of distinguished research and teaching, and its vast, worldwide network of alumni, faculty, and colleagues. The school's "performance learning" approach offers students defined frameworks and analytical tools, combined with expert feedback to solve real problems in real organizations. Deliberately small and extremely selective, the Johnson School maintains an intense, collaborative community, where students develop teamwork and networking skills that foster innovation and deliver results. Programs include one- and two-year MBA degrees, an Executive MBA and the Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA, which offers interactive videoconferencing sessions across the U.S. and Canada. For more about the Johnson School visit

About Peking University, Guanghua School of Management

Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan" (the garden of Yan), is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (or 274 hectares). It stands near to the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace. Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Peking University has become a center for research and teaching and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future.

The mission of the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University is to advance management knowledge and develop business leaders for China and the global society. As a leading business school in China, the Guanghua School commits to provide the local and international business community with cutting-edge management knowledge and services. With Peking University's heritage of innovation and social responsibility, the Guanghua School's faculty continues to serve the nation with aspiration and dedication. For more about Guanghua School of Management, visit

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