Future China Advanced Leaders Programme 2013: Fast Track to Business Success in China

18 March 2013

Future China Advanced Leaders Programme 2013: Fast Track to Business Success in China

 - Embarking on a life long journey to understand and connect with China, becoming more China-savvy and China-ready in the process.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
                          -      Lao Tzu

18 March 2013 marked the beginning of an encore journey for Business China and Nanyang Business School with the 2nd installation of the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme (FC-ALP). And for the 20 top business leaders, senior executives and heads of organisations, it would be the beginning of a life long journey to ignite their connection with China to becoming China-ready and China-savvy.

This year, the FC-ALP cohort comprised of a diverse array of participants stemming from varying country, industry and demographical profiles. Over the next 3 months, they will gain exclusive networking opportunities with Singapore and China business and industry leaders, government officials, as well as Business China Board of Advisers and Directors.

As a first-of-its-kind business management course, the FC-ALP course structure is unique in its design to encompass in-class lessons taught by experts from well-respected think tanks and universities on the political, economic, social, cultural and historical paradigms of China. At the same time, it also comprises a week of experiential learning journey in China during the second segment of FC-ALP.

The recently concluded “Two Meetings” of China’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, saw some major restructuring of China’s governmental frameworks, carried out with unprecedented swiftness and determination. Why the succinct actions of economic reform on one hand and reiteration of fundamental Communist roots on the other? Why the urgency and what are the implications to foreign investments? What are ways to decipher China political leaders’ take on foreign investors? There is no better time to trace the legacy of the Communist Party of China (CPC) right from its origins than now.

In the second leg of the FC-ALP, participants will embark on a “Long March” to the CPC birth place of Yan’an in Shaanxi Province. Lead by Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Business China Board Director and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of National Development, the delegation will spend one week in Xi’an and Yan’an to interact with high level officials, academia and business leaders to better grasp the psyche of the contemporary China society.

Gracing the FC-ALP welcome dinner was Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs & Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Sam Tan. Mr Tan remarked that, “I am heartened to note that today, Business China, has not only grown in the extent of her initiatives, but also in extending her reach beyond Singapore, providing Singaporeans the chance to experience China first-hand. All these cannot be achieved without hard work from the Secretariat, the concern and support of the Directors and Committee Members; and most importantly, the visionary stewardship of Chairman, Mr Chua Thian Poh. It is my belief that Business China will continue her steadfast growth for the next five years and beyond.”

Emphasising on the importance of the course, Chairman of Business China, Mr Chua Thian Poh said: “The FC-ALP is unique in that it not only has business strategic elements, there are also social, political and cultural contents, enabling participants to have  an all-rounded, intimate understanding of contemporary China. With this carefully crafted programme, participants would be able to embark on the fast track to deciphering the intricate business ethics in China, all within 3 months comprising of a week of contact time in each month. At the same time, they would be able to meet and network with fellow participants, lecturers and their local China hosts.”

Nanyang Business School Interim Dean Professor Gillian Yeo said: “For more than two decades, Nanyang Business School has been privileged to participate in the development of China’s economy. More than 10,000 of the country’s public and corporate leaders have completed our bespoke Chinese-based executive and degree courses, such as the EMBA and MSc Finance programmes. In turn, we have gained valuable insight into China, and enjoy broad and deep relationships with the country’s academic, public and private sectors. This intimate understanding of China, combined with our global leadership in international business and management theory and practice, is what makes Nanyang Business School the New Silk Road, where the best of the East and West come together. This unique combination is the reason for our collaboration with Business China in the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme, which provides to those outside of China an insider’s perspective into the country’s business culture and practices.”

The FC-ALP is jointly organised by Business China and Nanyang Business School for high caliber individuals who have been identified as future leaders or upper echelon managers of their organisations. First launched in 2012, the FC-ALP is the only general management course in Asia to comprehensively address the complex dynamics between social, political, economic and cultural factors that are fuelling China’s rapid rise. Designed to provide an immersive and holistic learning experience, the Programme will give participants a comprehensive and first-hand understanding of doing business in China.

Detailed course dates for the FC-ALP as below:
Singapore:   18 – 22 March 2013
China:        21 – 27 April 2013
Singapore:   27 – 31 May 2013

Journalists who are interested to attend and cover the second segment of the Programme conducted in China, may contact us for more details.

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For further enquiries, you may contact:

Ooh Yi Hui (Ms)
Associate (Corporate Communications)
Business China
Tel: 6213 0410
Fax: 6842 2633
Email: yihui@businesschina.org.sg

Feisal Abdul Rahman (Mr)
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Email: feisalar@ntu.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6790 6687
(65) 9675 1517

About Business China

Business China was launched in November 2007 by our Patron, Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. A platform integrating language, economic and cultural elements, Business China’s mission is to nurture an inclusive bilingual and bicultural group of Singaporeans through extensive use of the Chinese language as the medium of communication, so as to sustain our multi-cultural heritage, and to develop a cultural and economic bridge linking the world and China.

For more information, please visit www.businesschina.org.sg

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg 

About Nanyang Business School

Consistently ranked among the world’s premier business schools, NBS has been nurturing leaders for business and public service, advancing global management knowledge and practice for over 50 years. Our curriculum melds rigorous academic theory with real-world business practice, while our faculty leads global thought and research in several fields of business and finance. Our 35,000 alumni hold positions of responsibility in business, government and public service in 45 countries. At NBS, we believe that responsible leadership in business and government is crucial to securing a sustainable future for our world. Through teaching and research, we are grooming a new generation of leaders with the knowledge, skills and passion of pursuing lasting success that seeks not only economic profit but also the interests of the community and environment. NBS is a well-respected brand name in China, having trained more than 10,000 of the country’s business and public leaders since 1992 through a comprehensive suite of postgraduate and executive education programmes.

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