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Business In China: 6 Reasons To Study In China For Career Progression

Learn about the advantages of studying for business school in China and examples of the career progression it leads to

Mon Apr 29 2024

China is a titan in the world of business. With the second largest global economy, and a commitment to driving industries forward, China is a prime destination for ambitious professionals looking to start their careers in a landscape of growth and innovation

Its industries, ranging from cutting-edge technology and renewable energy to advanced manufacturing, showcase the country's innovation and resilience. 

China's tech sector boasts giants such as Alibaba and Tencent. Its digital economy is worth 42% of its GDP, while its manufacturing industry is world leading.

Chinese business schools, much like the technologically advanced nation itself, are rapidly evolving to equip students for the modern global economic landscape. So, it is no wonder that many of those seeking higher education to expand their skill set and make an impression in the business world choose to study in China.  

Find out six reasons to study in China for career progression.

 1. You’ll learn Eastern and Western business management

China is the world’s second largest economy but to outsiders, its culture can seem difficult to understand. Despite his Chinese heritage, American-born David Wong said he felt his cultural awareness of China was low.

He chose to study an International MBA at Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai, which is partnered with the MIT School of Management. The program helped him to improve his cross-cultural competence, he explains

2. You’ll enjoy cross-cultural career progression 

Understanding how to interact and work with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures is one of the top advantages of business school. 

For Rafael Rezende Macedo, developing this cultural competency was a top priority when he started his MBA at Peking University Guanghua’s School of Management. 

He explains how studying his MBA in China expanded his business acumen and furthered his career by instilling in him an awareness that allows him to bridge the cultural gap between China and other countries in his company. 

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 3. You’ll grow a Chinese business network

Finance is one of the most popular and lucrative careers for MBA graduates, but to succeed in the industry you have to forge a strong global network. When Aneela Khan joined the MBA at Renmin University through a sponsorship from her employer, Habib Bank Limited (HBL), developing a strong Chinese network was a priority. 

After finishing her MBA, Aneela used this network, along with her understanding of Chinese culture and the advanced business skills, to take her career at HBL Pakistan down a new and exciting path. 

4.  You’ll understand Chinese business culture 

Pak Win has launched a particularly original and far reaching career after his MBA at Tsinghua University—he is a global TikTok influencer.

He explains how through the MBA, and working with top Chinese companies, he developed a fluency in the language of business in China that has helped him create a globally appealing platform, and launch his highly successful career as an entrepreneur. 

5. You’ll develop a business skill set that top companies want

Shanghai is a globally significant city where industries from finance, to trade and shipping flourish. 

For Li Jincai and Jiayi Yang, this connection to top companies has been one of the major advantages of their MBA at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Antai College of Economics and Management. The real-world cases they worked on with global corporations during their MBA helped them launch their jobs at multinational tech companies. 

6. You’ll future-proof your career

The Zhejiang MBA imparts on students a range of skills that will help them future-proof their career and prepare them for the business world in China. 

A current student on the Zhejiang MBA, Xin Ye says when she moved back to China from an international masters degree she realized if she wanted to progress her global business career she would need more in-depth and comprehensive business training.