Ivey honoured for China outreach efforts

By Communications Staff
November 30, 2012

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Western's Richard Ivey School of Business recently received the inaugural Education Excellence Award from the Canada China Business Council  (CCBC) for outstanding achievements in expanding Canada’s relationship with China through education, research, alumni relations and student/faculty exchanges.

Ivey was unanimously chosen by independent judges to receive the Gold Award in the Education Category. 

The award was presented by His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada, at a gala event Tuesday in Montreal. Paul Beamish, director of Ivey’s Asia Management Institute and Engaging Emerging Markets Centre, and Jan De Silva, Ivey Asia, associate dean, accepted the award on behalf of the school at the awards ceremony. The event was attended by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, as well as other dignitaries.

“Ivey is not only a pioneer, but also a leader in management education in China,” said Carol Stephenson, Ivey dean. “It is a tribute to the foresight of our faculty, who  recognized China’s global significance almost 30 years ago, as well as staff, students and alumni who have contributed to the success of our Chinese programs over the years.”

Ivey has had a long-standing relationship with China, which started with the ‘China Project’ in 1984, a partnership with the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and eventually other Chinese schools, to educate Chinese students and faculty using the school's renowned case method and help to develop management education in China with a focus on developing global leaders.

Today, Ivey offers executive education and EMBA programs to more than 1,000 executives annually in greater China. This includes the recent development of leadership programs in partnership with the Agricultural Bank of China and the China University of Political Science and Law. Since 1997, Ivey’s London-based Asian Management Institute has been developing Asian business case studies through an International Case Development Program, and leading case teaching workshops and research partnerships throughout the region.

Stephenson offered congratulations to Joe DiStefano and Larry Wynant, both professors emeriti, who led the early operations in China, and to Beamish, De Silva and Kathleen Slaughter, who have worked to manage and expand Ivey’s China focus in recent years.

In particular, Stephenson continued, Ivey owes a debt of gratitude to Henry S. Cheng (father of Henry K.S. Cheng, HBA '71, MBA '72, LLD ’97, New World Development chairman), who provided the space for our campus in Hong Kong in 1998 (The Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute), which was the first permanent campus established by a North American business school in China.

“Thank you to all the faculty, staff, students and alumni who have helped to make our Chinese programs a success over the years,” Stephenson said. “Through your efforts, Ivey is not only a pioneer, but also continues to be a leader in management education in China.”


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