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Carlson School China MBA program graduates

2005 graduates of the Carlson School's No. 1 China executive MBA program.

Carlson School program rated No. 1 in China

Law School also plans to offer master's degree program in Beijing

Published on July 11, 2005

Building on an already strong international reputation, the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management's China executive MBA program was ranked the best such program in China, according to a survey of leading Chinese media organizations. The Carlson School joins with Sun Yat-sen University's Lingnan College to offer the degree. The No. 1 ranking for a joint executive MBA program was based on a survey of 4,000 members of the Chinese media and underscores the University of Minnesota's long-standing reputation as a leading U.S. university in China. The Carlson School also offers executive MBA programs in Warsaw, Vienna, and Minneapolis.

Today there are more than 1,200 visiting Chinese scholars and students at the University--the largest population of Chinese students on a North American campus.

University of Minnesota Carlson School China Executive MBA (CHEMBA).

The CHEMBA program in Guangzhou, China, in partnership with Lingnan University College of Sun Yat-sen University, is specifically tailored to the unique business environment in China. The program includes:

* 16 one-credit courses, totaling 32 credit hours, over 16 months, including a 10-day overseas residency.

* To avoid interrupting a participant's work week, every CHEMBA course is scheduled over two weekends.

* CHEMBA classes are delivered in English by a global faculty team, including faculty from the Carlson School and Lingnan (University) College.

The University of Minnesota Beijing Master of Laws (LLM) Program in American Law

A 24-credit, 15-month program will give students intensive instruction in legal analysis, research, and communications as practiced in the United States. It will start June 2006 with 50 students, and eventually grow to 100 students. The program includes:

* Two six-week-long summer terms

* Individual two-and-a-half week courses taught during the academic year, evenings, and weekend

* A three-course May-June term, taught on the University of Minnesota campus

* Theme-based curriculum, e.g., a program focus on international law, corporate law, or comparative law

* A two-credit Introduction to American Law course and one research paper.

University of Minnesota law school professors will teach the majority of the courses and teach them in English. Professors form the China University of Political Science and Law, the partner university, will also teach some classes.

"We're thrilled to have built such a strong reputation in such a short time in one of the world's fastest growing economies," says Mahmood Zaidi, the founding director of the Carlson School's International Program Office who was charged with developing the China program. "That's a testament to the world-class skills of our international faculty and their ability to attract the best and the brightest students."

While the Carlson School's China program has only been in existence since 2001, the University of Minnesota's relationship with Chinese students dates back nearly a century. The first three Chinese students entered the University in 1914, and since then there have been more than 8,000 Chinese students and scholars who have studied or worked at the University.

Following the normalization of U.S.-China relations, the University formed the China Center in 1979 to further strengthen the educational, cultural, and economic ties with China.

Today there are more than 1,200 visiting Chinese scholars and students at the University--the largest population of Chinese students on a North American campus. And many University of Minnesota graduates have gone on to hold important positions throughout China and Taiwan, including the former minister of the Ministry of Finance in Taiwan, the former governor of the Central bank in China, and the president of China TV.

"Based on this ranking, the University of Minnesota will become even more popular in China," says Hong Yang, director of the China Center. "And we already have a very good reputation and presence in China. This will really move the University forward in the business community."

In addition to the University's long-standing status in China, the University is also building a solid reputation in the Chinese legal community. The University of Minnesota Law School, in partnership with the China University of Political Science and Law and the Beijing Fazheng Group, is poised to open a Master of Laws program in Beijing in June 2006.

"This program will cement the Law School's reputation as a leader in international law, and will reinforce the University of Minnesota name in China," says Alex M. Johnson Jr., dean of the University of Minnesota Law School and William S. Pattee Professor of Law.

The University's strong relationship with one of the world's largest and fastest growing economies has helped produce significant benefits for students and the entire state of Minnesota.

China is now the top market for Minnesota computer and electronic products, the fourth largest market for the state's manufactured exports, and a significant destination for Minnesota agricultural products.

Since 1999, the value of Minnesota exports to China has more than doubled--from $168.5 million in 1999 to 409.1 million in 2004. Building closer cultural and economic ties with China has been a high priority at the University--the past four University presidents have traveled there and current President Bob Bruininks is scheduled to travel there again in the fall 2005.

"The Carlson School's location in a thriving U.S. metropolitan area creates great opportunities for students and businesses looking to expand overseas," says Zaidi. "It truly is a win-win for students in China and the United States--and for Minnesota's economy."

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