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The China connection

The role of private enterprise in transforming China's economy

Realising the Chinese Dream

The case of Shenzhen

Realising the 'Chinese dream' was at the heart of this unique event which brought the University of Cambridge to Beijing to host a forum on the role of private enterprise in transforming China’s economy on 25 March 2014.

The Forum was chaired by media entrepreneur and talk show hostess Yang Lan. Around 150 people attended with hundreds more participating through live streaming. Forum organiser and Director of the Cambridge MBA and Executive MBA, Simon Learmount, said:

"We were delighted to hold our first Cambridge-Beijing Forum among so many friends this week and we are determined to make this the start of a long and fruitful partnership. Cambridge and Shenzhen, in particular, are so similar and have so much to learn from each other that it will benefit both cities to work together for the good of both the Chinese and UK economies. Wang Shi said that 'understanding China via a Chinese perspective is the distinguishing characteristic of Cambridge Judge' and we intend to make this the guiding principle of our relationship."

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Mr Wang Shi and Dr Simon Learmount

Mr Wang Shi and Dr Simon Learmount at the Summer Palace in Beijing, during the 2012 International Business Study Trip.

Mr Wang Shi, one of China's most renowned business leaders, and Chairman and Founder of China Vanke Co. Ltd, China's largest residential developer, has come to Cambridge to write a book with EMBA Programme Director Dr Simon Learmount, about business ethics in China.

To find out about more about Mr Wang Shi's research and his experience of Cambridge, follow him on Weibo

Chinese innovation: the Cambridge connection

For well over a century, the University of Cambridge has been enriched by its links with China. It was in 1888 that it established Britain's first professorship of Chinese, kindling a spirit of intellectual cooperation that has grown ever brighter. All the while, the University's profile within China has risen - thanks in part to eminent alumni such as Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien, novelist Louis Cha and Olympic table-tennis champion Deng Yaping.

The Leaving Cambridge Stone
The "Leaving Cambridge" stone at the Backs of King's College, Cambridge © Cmglee

Chinese premier, Xi Jingping, and the Chinese Dream


What does the Chinese Dream mean for private enterprise in China?

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Markets to play "decisive" role in the Chinese economy


Shenzhen a model for economic modernisation in China.

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Programme Director, Dr Learmount, talks to CCTV


Dr Simon Learmount talks to CCTV about the Third Plenum and about the Executive MBA.

CCTV Simon Learmount News Broadcast

EMBA alumnus, Kai Dai, talks to CCTV


Entrepreneur and Managing Director of The Chinese Weekly, Kai Dai, talks to CCTV-news about creating his own opportunities and his resolve in following through on his ideas.

CCTV Kai Dai News Broadcast

International Business in China


The 2012 class chose China as their destination for studying international business. During the trip, Programme Director Dr Simon Learmount, was interviewed by Destination Magazine, China, and by The Global Times.

Read the Destinations Magazine article

Read The Global Times article

EMBA alumni featured in Chinese Weekly


Li PengThe Chinese Weekly has published profiles of two CJBS alumni as part of a British Council project looking at the benefits of a UK education for Chinese participants.

Read the Chinese Weekly article

Read an english translation of Chinese Weekly article