For the third time, the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management's China Executive MBA program was ranked the No. 1 Joint Executive MBA (EMBA) Program in China. The 2008 ranking of the most influential EMBA programs in China was performed by more than 10 Chinese media organizations including Brand Times International, a major media conglomerate in China, and EMBA times, a flagship online portal for Executive MBA programs in China.

The annual ranking was based on market reputation, evaluation from graduates, and operational characteristics, as well as the voting rates on The Carlson School's China Executive MBA Program also received first-place awards for "Top EMBA Program with Global Vision" and "Top EMBA Program Highly Ranked by Graduates" in the ranking.

The media recognized the Carlson School program because its maturity and development are well recognized by the Chinese business community and wider society. Additionally, many graduates consider their study experiences in the program to be among the most rewarding decisions and greatest investments they have made.

The Carlson School partners with Lingnan (University) College of Sun Yat-sen University to offer the degree. Each graduate receives a degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

"The China Executive MBA program gives students a solid understanding of Eastern and Western business practices and opportunities to work with a diverse group of peers and top international faculty," said Anne D'Angelo King, assistant dean of the Office of International Programs.

"Through this rigorous, joint program, the China Executive MBA students gain the skills and knowledge they need to manage complex international business challenges," said Michael Houston, associate dean of International Programs. "The program is tailored to the dynamic business environment of the South China region and designed to examine senior management practices in the context of a global economy undergoing technological, political and social changes.

"The Carlson School's China Executive MBA program launched in 2001 and has graduated six cohorts of students. Students take 16 courses over 16 months and participate in a two-week residency in Minneapolis, where they visit Fortune 500 companies. Students participate in a virtual team project with their peers at other Carlson School Global Executive MBA programs in Vienna, Warsaw and Minneapolis.  


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