China's ambassador to Norway, Mr. Tang Guoqiang, was present when 38 students from the BI-Fudan MBA programme received their Masters’ diplomas in Oslo, Norway on the 3rd of May 2010.
The solemn ceremony began with national romantic singing. The Grex Vocalis Choir performed 'The Spring' by Norway's national composer Edvar Grieg. Present were 38 of the students from the BI-Fudan MBA Programme, class 9 and 10, and the Educational MBA Programme, class 1. The remaining 110 students will receive their course certificates in Shanghai on the 10th of July.
Important exchanges between Norway and China
-It is a great pleasure for me to be invited here. I know that this joint Masters’ programme, which has existed for more than ten years, has been a great achievement. This is a win-win situation, said Ambassador Tang Guogiang. Over 600 Chinese study in Norway at the moment and more and more Norwegians are studying in China. He welcomes the exchange between the two cultures, and the efforts made to achieve this, by the two solid institutions BI Norwegian School of Managment and Fudan University.
The best of two worlds
President Tom Colbjørnsen at BI Norwegian School of Management congratulated the students with their good work and said that the MBA programme at Fudan throughout the fifteen years has provided 'The best of two worlds.' By this he meant the study programme and the students, who have completed the masters’ programme in addition to their daily work. Students’ experiences of 'the real life', has brought the academic study to a new level.
He also mentioned that the financial crisis. Today, many criticise the corporate financial leaders, and believe they are the cause of the recession. But the picture is complex, and the MBA is still relevant. “Yes, I would say that business education and learning has become even more important after the crisis”, said Colbjørnsen.
- You are the future leaders and we are proud to see this year’s results. Act with integrity and ethics in your future challenges!
- All over the world you have 1500 graduate colleagues. Stay involved! Called BI’s president.
We are proud
You have worked very hard over the last years and I look forward to following your careers, said Professor Ren Mingchuan, the academic director of the BI-Fudan MBA Programme, in his speech to the graduates. He stressed that the MBA programme is a successful international cooperation. - Last week, Fudan University celebrated 150 years. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, we are proud of you and we will continue with new courses in order to streamline future leaders, said the director.
The Associate Dean of the China Programmes at BI Norwegian School of Management, Professor Jan Ketil Arnulf, said in his speech that he was impressed by the experience that MBA students possess. - Our challenge in the MBA programme is to create not just directors, but real leaders, these being leaders who can make a real difference. Analysis and control is important, but there is one thing you can not control, and that is the future. My biggest hope is that you are not waiting for it, but that you go out and create a good future, said Arnulf.
Best student, the best faculty
Several of the students who were voted 'Best Student' in their classes, were not present during the graduation ceremony in Oslo.
Best student MBA 9 was Mr. Huang Tieshan.
Best MBA thesis 9, was Ms. Shirley Tang and Ms. Cathy Tian.
Best student MBA 10 was Mr Wan Zhong
Best thesis MBA10 was Ms. Huang Xiaoying, Mr. Hans Ge and Ms. Chen Min.
Best Student Educational MBA was Mr.Teng Guanghe.
Best faculty, both for MBA 9 and MBA 10, was this year, as last year, Professor Randi Lunnan.
Very nice! But perhaps a little unfair, there are several great teachers that make a great effort. We have long days, with a core from 9 to 17, but often work to 20 and 21.
The classes at the MBA programme in Fudan are large. The students are very enthusiastic. They take MBA education in addition to their usual work and they require state education, - says Lunnan.