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MBA students reflect on Cass China Symposium

Wednesday, 24 June, 2009

The annual Cass China Symposium in Shanghai drew to a conclusion last Friday 19 June after a week which saw Cass students learning about how to do business in China.  As well as hearing from leading experts and heads of business in the region the students also made site visits to Tomkins, Siemens Medical and the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Speaking about her experience of the China Symposium, current Executive MBA student Rosemary Okolie said opening lecturer, Ronnie Chan, Chairman, Han Lung Properties Ltd, was her stand-out speaker: He was so animated and as he opened the Symposium he set the tone for the rest of the week.
Full time MBA student Fahad Hashmi also enjoyed Ronnie Chan saying: I like the way he approaches business.  I love his intensity and enthusiasm.  He wants to be number one and it’s the top or nothing for him.
Lawrence Liu, Executive MBA, said I enjoyed learning about the psychological side of Chinese society which Ronnie Chan revealed.  Knowing how people think is very important if you want to do business in China.
Shafira Muttalib-Mehra, Executive MBA student, said: James Bruce from Univlever was exceptionally good.  He gave us information we could take back and use in business.
Palak Tewary, Executive MBA student, nominated Denis Ku, Partner at Egon Zehnder as her favourite speaker saying: The questions he answered about HR, people and business culture in China was very informative and relevant to anyone looking to work in the region.
Murray King, Managing Director Shanghai, APCO Worldwide was highlighted by Shelini Saksene, Executive MBA, for his presentation: Murray was very precise and helpful in his advice for specifically starting a business in China and was a great addition to the Symposium.

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Ronnie Chan addresses the Cass MBA students
Not only was Ronnie Chan popular with the students, but the media were also keen to hear from him
Cass MBA students enjoy a break in the China Symposium

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