With his MBA studies at Tsinghua SEM at and end Thomas Gatley reflects on his time in China and his hopes for the future
A behind the scenes look at a leading international internet retailer is an interesting experience. Although it may look like chaos, in fact the factory is a highly optimised facility
There are many perils inherent in generalising from the particular, nowhere more so than in China.
Returning to Beijing last week from my internship in Hong Kong, I had a strange sense that I was coming home.
An internship in Hong Kong gives Thomas the opportunity to have another look at the island as well as getting to grips with his (secret) summer job opportunity
Studying for a CFA exam alongside an MBA is a time-consuming experience and requires considerable commitment
With the first year of the programme over, it is time for internships both on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong
For many students, for whom English is not their first language, exams are doubly stressful as they test their English comprehension skills as well as their knowledge of the subject
Despite exams and late night classes the MBA programme at Tsinghua is highly enjoyable
It is somewhat facile to talk in terms of a consistent party line, but it is pretty interesting to hear what influential individuals have to say.
MBA students have the opportunity to visit a factory in China to watch the quality control process
Computer simulations – games – in the classroom provide frresh insights for MBA students
The new semester starts today, with a lot to look forward to. Our remaining core courses include both global standard modules – corporate finance, marketing, operations management and strategic management – and some local flavour – Chinese economy in the world, the Chinese institutional environment & business law.
If you’re online Wednesday afternoon at around 14.00/15.00 GMT, I highly recommend that you check out an ‘Ask the Experts’ panel that FT.com is running on the subject of MBA 2011 with such luminaries as Tom Robertson, Dean at Wharton:
Disclaimer – I may or may not be one of the ‘Experts’ on this panel…
Students bid for the elective courses they want to take – a stark reminder of the realities of the free market
So your professor asks every study group in your class to produce a course summary: a comprehensive run-through of the textbook and readings for the semester. PowerPoint? “Unnecessary, this is 100 per cent about content.” Can we focus on a few key highlights? “no, you need to cover everything.”
Standing backstage in my tuxedo, watching a group of Chinese EMBA students perform a highly polished flamenco routine in front of an audience of hundreds of their (and my) peers, I had something of an epiphany.
I’m sure we’re not alone at Tsinghua in having plenty of final exams coming up at the end of this semester.
Many marketing strategies in China are pretty blunt and lacking in imagination. Such strategies do little to combat the broadly held perjorative view of China as the arch-imitator.
Yesterday I and a team of volunteers from my class finally completed the project that we had been working on for the last six weeks.
How often do we hear that cultures communicate differently, only to find the largest gaps exist not between one culture and another, but between individuals?
Ethics have been a consistent focus at Tsinghua this semester. I was initially sceptical about the idea of a separate class to discuss ethics; ideally it should be a ubiquitous consideration throughout all other learning.
This week heralded the arrival of Tsinghua School of Economics and Management’s incredibly heavyweight advisory board.