Second segment of Future China Advanced Leaders Programme 2013 in Beijing, Xi’an and Yan’an, China

22 April 2013

Second segment of Future China Advanced Leaders Programme 2013 in Beijing, Xi’an and Yan’an, 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

Following the success of the first segment of Future China Advanced Leaders Programme (FC-ALP) held in March, the 20 participants were all geared up to embark on a China learning journey for the second segment from 21 – 27 April 2013. Led by Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of National Development, who is also Business China’s Board of Director, the 20 participants would spend the week in Beijing, Xi’an and Yan’an. Highlights of the trip would be a “Long March” to the birth place of the Communist Party of China in Yan’an as well as interacting with high level officials, academia and business leaders to better grasp the psyche of the contemporary China society.

The first segment of the FC-ALP was held to favourable feedbacks and great success from 18 – 22 March 2013. For the 20 top business leaders, senior executives and heads of organisations, it marked the beginning of a life long journey to ignite their connection with China to becoming China-ready and China-savvy. Participants were given an intense introduction to China’s past, present and future by experts from well-respected think tanks and universities during the first segment.

Strong friendships were forged among the participants after the first segment. Eager to do their part in the deepening of Singapore - China bilateral relations, the participants voluntarily started a donation drive. In 4 weeks, a total of 100,000 RMB was raised for Bethel(爱百福), a China based organisation which was running two projects: the Love is Blind Project (foster care), and Project 555 (training). It was the first and only dedicated organisation which supported the Chinese blind and visually impaired orphan population. The Organisation sought to provide care, education, life skills and livelihood opportunities to blind and visually impaired orphans in China in order for them to live independently as dignified members in society. Founded in 2002 by a French couple, Bethel strived to be as transparent as possible with Finances, with strict internal financial cash management in place within the organisation.

The Cheque Presentation ceremony took place on 22 April morning, at The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, with SMS Lee Yi Shyan and Singapore Ambassador to China Stanley Loh as witnesses. Representatives from the FC-ALP participants, Mr Loh Long Hsiang and Ms Shaw Lay See presented a cheque of 100,000 RMB, to Ms Dong Ning, Bethel’s China Country Director and Mr Zach Johnson, Bethel’s Business Development Director. In his short speech, Mr Loh thanked his 20 FC-ALP course mates for their generous contributions, and was grateful that the course had brought them together, providing opportunities for them to know each other better and building stronger bonds. He also encouraged his course mates to visit the Bethel premises to gain deeper understanding on its operations, as well as on the needs of the visually impaired children.  Ms Dong, Bethel’s China Country Director, expressed her gratitude to the FC-ALP participants for their donation. She remarked that it was heartening to receive support and assistance from any local or international organisation, as it signified an acknowledgement on Bethel’s effort, giving them confidence to develop more high quality programmes to help the visually impaired orphans.

Jointly organised by Business China and Nanyang Business School, the FC-ALP is 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.

The programme’s curriculum is designed to be held over three segments, in order to help participants gain an intimate understanding of China through an integrated in-depth study of its cultural, historical, political, social and economic paradigms.

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


Additional details about the FC-ALP can be found in the following annexes:

Annex 1 – Course Synopsis

Annex 2 – Lecturers’ Profiles

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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.

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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.

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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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Future China Advanced Leaders Programme – Course Synopsis

1)   Contemporary Economies and Social Politics of China

This cluster of topics examines the structural trend in China's urbanization and industrialization and its enormous global impact on businesses. It will also focus on the recent expansion in China’s investments overseas, the policy changes in China, its expansion of domestic market and its implications for growth over the longer term. Industry leaders and analysts will be invited to share their views on the current and future industry trends, China's international relations and social problems of China.

Topics include:

2)   Chinese Heritage and Schools of Thought  

These topics provide a general history of China from the earliest records of Chinese civilization through the forming of the People's Republic, approaching from a wide range of viewpoints such as social, political, religious and philosophical developments. Participants will appreciate the formation of China's social and political culture and how those value systems influence business decisions. Such understanding and insights will facilitate participants’

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readiness to communicate and work with their Chinese counterparts in both business and social settings.

Topics include:

3)   Strategies and Business Management in China

Building on a solid foundation of knowledge on Chinese culture, society and economy, this segment will equip participants with skills vital to exploiting business opportunities in China and useful, culture-specific tools for business competition, corporate leadership, marketing and crisis management.

Topics include:

4)   Chinese Arts and Culture

An appreciation of the finer points of Chinese culture creates important avenues for building beneficial interpersonal relationships. The series of topics covered in this segment will impart first-hand experiences of the most ubiquitous aspects of Chinese culture. Participants will find within these lessons useful talking points and insights to help them connect with their Chinese business counterparts.

Participants of Future China Advanced Leaders Programme 2013 will have the opportunity to visit Beijing, Xi’an and Yan’an for cultural immersion. In Beijing, participants are able to attend lessons conducted by professors from renowned universities such as China Foreign Affairs University on top of having valuable networking opportunities with officials and business communities.

Xi’an and Yan’an are both famous historical and cultural cities within Shaanxi Province. Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, is the political, economic, and

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cultural center of the northwest. It is full of rich cultural heritages that witness the social changes at different historical stages of China. Xi’an unearthed more than 4,000 historical sites and tombs and over 120,000 historical relics.

Holding a prominent place in Chinese military history, Yan'an is a revolutionary sacred place in China. It used to be the location where the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee led the Chinese people in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. Other than rich historical relics, Yan’an holds many places of historic interest and scenic beauty.


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Future China Advanced Leaders Programme - Instructors Profiles 

Tan Kong Yam (Lecture: China’s Economic Trends)

Tan Kong Yam is presently Professor of Economics at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

From June 2002 to June 2005, he was a senior economist at the World Bank office in Beijing where he worked on issues of macro stabilization, integration of the fragmented domestic market, banking reform, international trade and investment as well as regional inequality. In 2004, he was a member of the World Bank expert group on the eleventh five year plan (2006-2010) for the State Council in China. The expert group provided analysis and policy recommendations on urbanization, regional inequality, innovation policy, energy and water policy as well as strategy on banking reform to the Chinese government.

Prior to that, he was the chief economist of the Singapore government at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (1999-2002 May), Head, Department of Business Policy, Faculty of Business Administration at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is a graduate of Princeton (1975-79, class of 1931 scholar, Paul Volcker Thesis prize) and Stanford University (1980-83). Prior to joining NUS, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, World Bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and was the Director of Research at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore.

Wang Minzheng (Lecture: Understanding the Government Mindset for Business)

Mayor Wang Minzheng is a renowned expert on Chinese macroeconomics, economic system reform and developmental economics. He is mayor of Zhaotong City, Yunnan Province and also a delegate to the 11th National Congress in China. In recent years, he has been awarded the titles of "China Outstanding Mayor of Urban Development" and "China Top 20 Mayors Promoting Energy Saving and Emission Reduction". Mayor Wang served on the State Economic and Trade Commission and several other government agencies. He is also Chief Editor of the influential Exploration of Economic Problems. 

Mayor Wang studied at internationally renowned universities including Beijing Institute of Technology, Nanyang Technological University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds an MBA and PhD in Economics.

Wee Chow Hou (Lecture: Western and Eastern Leadership)

Professor Wee was a former Merit, Colombo Plan and Commonwealth Scholar, and winner of the Academy of Marketing Science (USA)1984 PhD Paper Award and the 1985 Doctoral Dissertation Award. One of his co-authored cases also won the 1999 Best Case Award in the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. He has over 230 publications in various international, regional and local journals and proceedings; and is the author/senior author of several best-selling books. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the Thunderbird International Business Review (USA), Global Business and Organizational Excellence (USA), China Business Review (China) and Journal of Management (Taiwan). He has consulted/conducted executive training for over 250 major organizations in over 30 economies/countries, including Fortune 500 companies, and is best known for his works on applying Sun Zi Bingfa and other Chinese classics to modern business strategies and practices. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences.  Professor Wee also sits on several boards of publicly listed companies in Singapore, and is also a member of various advisory boards locally and internationally.

Chen Shaoxiang (Lecture: Managing the Value Chain in China)

Professor of NBS IT and Operations Management Division, Dr Chen also heads China Executive Development Center under the China Programs that has trained more than 8,000 senior executives, mostly from China, in the areas of Management, Finance, Banking, Economics and Human Resources.  He obtained both his PhD & MBA degrees from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Prior to joining NTU, he has lectured in Docent, K.U. Leuven, Belgium and Nanjing, China. A two-time teaching award winner, Dr Chen also won 2004 the Research of the Division Award. His consulting and executive training clients include IBM, Bell Alcatel, Ford Motors, DHL, TNT, Nissan, SATS (Singapore Airport Terminal Services) and NCB (National Computer Board of Singapore), ERASMUS (Netherlands) and SASOL (a South Africa chemical company).


Wu Wei (Lecture: Managing Crisis in China through Leadership)

Associate Professor Wu Wei is the Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration at the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and Head of the Politics & Public Administration Group at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. He is also the Director, China Affairs Office. Dr Wu received his MA degrees from both Stanford University and Xiamen University, and he has a Ph.D. in Communication from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

Prof Wu specializes in communication and management, and has conducted a wide range of studies on media effects and public relations. He has published in top-ranking international journals, and made presentations at major international conferences. Prof Wu has taught courses in Government-Media Relations, Public Relations, and Organizational Communication, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also conducted extensive training and consulting services for various government agencies and companies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. His recent research projects involve studies on public communication, government-media relations in Singapore, and NGO management in China.

Huang Huaguang (Lecture: China’s Political Structure)

Mr. Huang Huaguang studied at the Department of Politics of the University of

Florence (Università degli Studi di Firenze) in Italy from June 1986 to February 1988. He took on the role as Deputy Director of Italy Office of Western Europe Division of the CPC International Department in 1993 and as Director of the General Office of the Bureau in 1994. He was First Secretary at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Italy from 1996 to 1998, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Committee of Fengnan City, Tangshan Municipality, Hebei Province from 1999 to 2000. In June 2000 he took office as Deputy Director of Western Europe Division of the CPC International Department and in 2005 as Diplomatic Attaché of head of bureau level and Deputy Director of Western Europe Division. In February 2007, he became Director of the Western Europe Division and in March 2011, as Director General of Research Office of CPC International Department.

Wang Shouchang (Lecture: Chinese Philosophical Legacy and its Business Implications)

Professor Wang is currently professor of philosophy of Peking University and chairperson of Chinese Culture Institute, chief editor of China’s Xueren magazine, and deputy secretary of International Confucianism Federation.  He is a sought-after speaker on Chinese philosophies worldwide.  He has published widely in Confucianism, Taoism and Mohism.

Zhang Guogang (Lecture: Chinese History and its Influence on China’s Business Practices)

Professor of Humanities at Tsinghua University, Ph.D. in History, Director of the History Department and Institute of Humanities of Tsinghua University (2004 – 2010), Ph.D. supervisor, Ministry of Education Changjiang Scholar, Distinguished Professor, Alexander von Humboldt of the Federal Republic of Germany, guest professor or visiting scholar in Sinology at the Hamburg University, Cambridge University, Free University of Berlin, University of Trier and Waseda University, member of the History Teaching Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education, President of the China Tang History Society, Vice President of the China Foreign Relations History Society, Vice Director of the Academic Committee of the China Yan Huang Culture Research Association, honored with First Prize for Excellent Academic Works (in Humanities and Social Sciences) of Scientific and Technological Research Achievements of the Higher Education Institutions from the Ministry of Education (2009), First Prize for Excellent Works on Humanities and Social Sciences from the Beijing Municipality (2008), First Prize for Excellent Teaching Achievement from the state (2006), Award for Excellent Chinese Books (2008), and chief supervisor of the “Elite courses” of the Tsinghua University and the state. Major works include Chinese Academic History, The History of Chinese Families, History of China-Western Cultural Relationship, Chinese History, and Buddhism and Society of the Sui and Tang Dynasties etc.

He has given lectures on Sinology and leadership, and management from the perspective of history for the “Ministers’ seminars” held for the central government departments, General Office of the CPC Central Committee, state ministries and commissions, training departments of the major banks, and for EMBA and EDP courses of the School of Economics and Management of the Tsinghua University, School of Economics and HSBC Business School of Peking University, Beijing National Accounting Institute, Renmin University of China, Wuhan University, Xi’an Jiao Tong University, Hunan University, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences of Chinese University of Hong Kong and Singapore Raffles School of Business etc.

Chong Siong Hin (Lecture: Marketing in China)

Mr. Chong is Adjunct Professor at Nanyang Business School, NTU.  He is currently the Chairman of Xian Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd, a very successful pharmaceutical company, which he has built and is closely associated with for the past 20 years in China. Today, Xian Janssen is one of China’s best known and highly successful foreign pharmaceutical companies and has good reputation in the marketplace for bringing innovative Western medicines to the Chinese people and for the strong training and development of its key leaders. The company is also known for its high ethical values in doing business in China. He is also the Chairman of Rdpac (China foreign pharmaceutical industry association) since 2007.  In addition, he was also Regional Vice President for 5 years, running the Asia Pacific pharmaceutical  business for Johnson & Johnson from 2004 to 2009.

Apart from the 20 years of Johnson & Johnson experience, he was also general manager of Seacold Technologies Pte Ltd in the manufacturing of refrigerated marine containers in Singapore and also, worked as a CFO and auditor in other industries.

In March 2006, he was recognized as the Outstanding CEO (Overseas) of the Year” in the Singapore Business Awards 2005 for his leadership in building Xian Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd as China’s leading foreign pharmaceutical company.

In 1996, he was awarded a “Friendship Medal” by the State Council of China for his contributions to the Chinese economy as a foreign expert. And in 2002, he was made an honorary citizen of Xian. In November 2009, as part of the 60th National Day celebrations in China,  he was recognized as one of top 60 leading figures who has contributed to the Chinese pharmaceutical industry in the “ 60 years, 60 people” recognition organized by 13 Chinese industry associations .

Mr. Chong obtained his accountancy degree in 1981 and MBA in 1991 from the National University of Singapore.  He was awarded the “Reginald Quahe Gold Medal” for topping the class of MBA.

He Weifang (Lecture: Chinese Law)

Professor of Law at Peking University School of Law in Beijing, China.  He is a prolific scholar and popular teacher in the areas of jurisprudence, constitutional law, legal history, comparative law, and related subjects.  He is also one of the most prominent public intellectuals in the Chinese legal academy, and a frequent commentator in various media outlets, including social media.  He is a 1982 graduate of the Southwest Institute of Politics and Law in Chongqing, where he was a member of one of the first law school classes assembled in China after the Cultural Revolution, and received his LL.M from the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing.  He began his teaching career at the Institute of Comparative Law of the China University of Politics and Law in 1985, and moved to Peking University Law School in 1995, where he advanced to the rank of full professor and Ph.D supervisor.  From 2009 to 2011, he taught at Shihezi University in Xinjiang.  He helped establish Comparative Law, the PRC’s first scholarly journal on comparative law, and for almost a decade served as editor-in-chief of the Peking University Law Review.  He has served as a visiting scholar at the Program in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Japan.  He was selected in 2001 by China Youth magazine as one of the top 100 young people who might shape China in the 21st Century, and in 2011 by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 global thinkers.  A new book of his recent writings translated into English, titled In the Name of Justice: Striving for the Rule of Law in China, has just been published by Brookings Institution Press

Yang Yiyong (Lecture: Social Problems of China)

Mr. Yang is Vice-President and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Social Development Research.

1985, Bachelor of Engineering, Tsinghua University; 1988, Master in Economics, Capital University of Economics and Trade; 2000, PhD in Economics, Renmin University; postdoctoral research, Institute of Sociology, China Academy of Social Sciences. Formerly with: National Planning Commission; Haidian Bureau of Labor, Beijing; Income Distribution Reform Office, State Council. Since 2001, he has been Deputy General Director, Institute of Economic Research, NPC. Since 2008, he has been Research Professor and General Director, Institute of Social Development, National Development and Reform Commission. Concurrently, he has been Deputy Chief Editor, China Price Journal and Member of Senior Research and Technical Position Committee and Academic Committee, NDRC. Vice-President, China Labor Society. Executive Director, China WTO Research Association. Senior Consultant, Ministry of Science and Technology, National Population and Family Planning Commission, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Leading Group of Compiling the 12th Five-Year-Program, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and National Women Federation.


Zhu Liqun (Lecture: China's International Relations and Related Issues)

Professor Zhu earned her BA, MA and Ph.D. degrees respectively from Nankai University (Tianjin) and China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing).  She did research in the United States, Ireland and Paris as a visiting scholar.  She was also a Fulbright visiting research scholar from 2003 to 2004 based at the Elliott School of International affairs, the George Washington University. Her current research focuses on China’s foreign policy and its relations with international society. Her publications include: China and International System: Processes and Practices(forthcoming), Olympic Games and Beijing’s Internationalization: A Study of Norm Socialization(2010,Editor and co-author);International System and China-EU Relations (2008, Editor and co-author), Security Organizations and Security Structure in the Post-Cold War Europe (2002, monograph), International Structuring in Practice: Two Mechanisms (World Economics and International Politics, no.1, 2012), “China and international system: mutual socialization and logic of practicality”(Foreign Affairs Review, No.1,2012), “Civil society and governance: the Chinese experience”(in Global Governance: Building on the civil society agenda, EU institute for Security Studies, 2011).

Wu Qiong (Lecture: Internationalization of Chinese Companies-Implication for Singapore Businesses; Policy Making: The Role of National Development and Reform Commission)

Mr. Wu participated in the projects of industrial policy and regional economic research organized by UNDP, the World Bank, ADB and the General Office of the State Council while working as the assistant researcher in the Forecasting Department, Development and Research Centre of the State Council.

He also worked as the Deputy Director of the Economic Strategy Planning Committee of the Chinese Research Institute of Policy and Sciences. During his time at the State Commission for Economic Restructuring, Mr. Wu Qiong took part in the UNDP project of “Restructuring and Management of the Chinese Large State-owned Enterprises” and organized a series of projects in corporate restructuring, merger& acquisition, financing and IPO.

As a guest professor in China National School of Administration, he lectures on the “Industrial Structure and Regional Economic Development”. He was also the guest professor of “China PE Core Class” jointly organized by Peking University and China Equity Fund Association.

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