School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University Established Strategic Partnership with Microsoft on AI Business Education


Shanghai, China – August 30, 2019 – School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, together with Microsoft, the China Europe International Business School and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business announced the launch of the first Microsoft AI Business School in China, combining the dual resources of offline interactive teaching and online courses. MA Jia from School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Roan Kang, General Manager, Marketing and Operations, Greater China Region, Microsoft, LIU Jing from the China Europe International Business School and Jay Liu from the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business attended and witnessed the launch ceremony.


Tsinghua University is one of China’s most prestigious universities, and its School of Economics and Management is one of the first business schools in China to receive the accreditation from both AACSB and EQUIS. With the mission to advance knowledge and to cultivate leaders, the School is dedicated to the economic development and well-being of China and the world.


In this partnership, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University will join hands with Microsoft to build an AI curriculum and to develop business leaders with AI mindset. The two parties will work together to develop not only credit courses for the MBA and EMBA programs, but also a variety of academic activities in the field of AI, e.g. executive seminars, industry roundtables, forums, and online courses. School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University is responsible for crafting the curriculum, while Microsoft will provide guest speakers and lecturers, real world cases, and latest AI related technologies.


Professor XU Xin, Associate Dean of School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University said, “Our School has been dedicated to promote the innovation through our forward-looking curriculum and activities. Microsoft is one of the Advisory Board members of our School. The strategic partnership with a focus on MBA and EMBA AI courses will further bring the cutting-edge technical perspectives to future business leaders, and to build up a talent pool for the future business community to embrace, upgrade, and transform with the help of emerging technologies. Our cooperation with Microsoft is a long-term partnership, and we hold high expectations and anticipation for our future cooperation.”


Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, said that “AI is the defining technology of our time. In this digital economy, the businesses that will fare best will be those who understand and embrace the true potential of AI solutions. As leaders, I believe we have a responsibility to prepare our employees and businesses for this new frontier, and that begins by having a comprehensive understanding of how to develop a holistic AI strategy whilst also building a culture of trust and learning amongst your workforce. No leader should have to go on this journey alone, which is why I am excited for the launch of the AI Business School in China. By providing business leaders, start-ups, and entrepreneurs with insights from top industry executives on how to maximize the opportunity of AI, I truly believe we can catalyze enterprise innovation in China.”


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Roan Kang, General Manager, Marketing and Operations, Greater China Region, Microsoft, MA Jia from School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Jay Liu from the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and LIU Jing from the China Europe International Business School attended the launching ceremony