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Fifth annual Cass China Symposium begins in Shanghai

Week long event focuses MBA students' minds on doing business in China

Monday, 15 June, 2009

The fifth annual Cass China Symposium in Shanghai, which aims to equip Cass students with the knowledge needed to work effectively in China, was opened today by Ronnie Chan, Chairman of Han Lung Properties Ltd.  This event also provides the perfect opportunity for the students to network with more than 1200 China-based alumni, the largest of Cass's alumni communities.

The week-long China symposium allows the 100 Cass students to learn about the Chinese market and business first-hand through an intensive array of lectures and discussions with leading business representatives. During the students will also be making site trips to visit Tomkins, Siemens Medical and the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Highlight speakers include Captain Wei Jiafu, President and CEO, COSCO; Ronnie Chan, Chairman, Han Lung Properties Ltd; Daniel Chang, Managing Director, Moet Hennessy Diageo China Ltd; Emma Walmsley, Vice President, L'Oreal China; James Bruce, VP Finance, Unilever China; and Julia Wu, General Manager, Deutsche Bank Shanghai.

Presentations will also be made from representatives of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shanghai Futures Exchange and Hurun Report, confirming the strategic value of the Symposium for guest speakers.

The annual China Symposium is one of the highlights of the Cass calendar, and the event's continued success is testament to the School's strong ties to the country.  The event is now in its fifth year and is one of the most popular events in the School's calendar, which further signifies the Cass commitment to China.

Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass Business School said: In these challenging economic times it is more important than ever for business schools to provide business and financial education at an international level.  Cass is proud of our truly-world class alumni who are living and working in the region and we want to continue to strengthen our ties with the local business community.  As China's economy continues to develop there is a real role for leading international business schools to play in the education of Chinese business leaders of the future and of business leaders generally, who will work in China or with Chinese companies.

Cass Business School has a highly international student body, drawing students from more than 100 countries across the world. Chinese students are well-represented at the School, with up to 14 percent of the student body across undergraduate, specialist Masters and MBA programmes consisting of Chinese nationals.

Over the past 20 years Cass has produced many well-known alumni from the East Asia region, such as Dr Liu Mingkang, Chairman of the Chinese Banking Regulatory Commission, and Mr Tae-Shin Kwon, former Vice-Minister of Finance and Economy for South Korea.

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Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass Business School

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