TIEMBA Alumni Reunion

 April 25-27, 2013 marked the second Tsinghua-INSEAD (TIEMBA) Alumni Reunion event - this time held in the capital city many have fond memories of - Beijing.  Since the inaugural reunion in Hong Kong in early 2011, another two cohorts (TIEMBA 2012 and 2013) have graduated and the TIEMBA community has grown in numbers and strength.  Since its inception in 2007, the TIEMBA programme has had 6 intakes of 242 participants, representing 35 nationalities.

From afar and near, 58 alumni members congregated in Beijing over the 3 days to rekindle old friendships, make new friends and celebrate in being part of this special community of graduates from both Tsinghua and INSEAD - two world-class business schools and a top-ranking EMBA programme which formed a milestone in their careers and personal journeys.  

The reunion event kicked off to a great start on Thursday evening with cocktails and dinner at the popular Face Bar near Worker’s Stadium in Chao Yang district.  In keeping with the TIEMBA tradition, many participants adjourned to other watering holes in the neighbourhood after dinner to continue with their revelry.  

On Friday morning, at the familiar Shunde Building of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, Dean QIAN Yingyi gave a welcome speech to the TIEMBA alumni participants and congratulated them for organizing the reunion gathering.  His point that the social value and camaraderie gained from the EMBA is as important and meaningful as the accolades given to the TIEMBA programme resonated with many participants.  Dean QIAN said proudly that I am glad to see the growth of the TIEMBA alumni network, and congratulate you for this self-organized gathering. I am happy to share your joy of reunion, and your faith for the prosperity of this programme. While your career success and financial wellbeing are fundamental inputs for usual rankings, I hope that you are proud of the value you take from this TIEMBA programme and the value you make to the society as a consequence. I feel strongly that our TIEMBA programme is unique and peerless in Asia and the world. This view is supported by the fact that Tsinghua-INSEAD EMBA was ranked No.4 in the world by Financial Times Global EMBA rankings 2012.
 Dean QIAN Yingyi

LI Hongbin, C.V. Starr Chair Professor of Economics, gave a lecture titled “China’s Growth Story – Strong As Ever Or Getting Vulnerable?” and provided participants with an up-to-date take on China’s government policies and how those policies are shaping economic and social behaviour in the country.  In the afternoon, LI Jack Jinliang, Associate Professor of Finance and also the teacher of Risk Management in several TIEMBA cohorts shared his views of the “Challenges to the Chinese Economy under the New Leadership”.

Saturday’s theme was “Social Entrepreneurship – Empowerment and Creating a Difference in China and other communities”.  The co-founder of Boy Interactive Technology Development Corporation – Mr. CAO Jun, who is a congenital cataract blind, shared with participants his inspiring story of how he created software for the blind to make use of smartphones like ordinary people.  Subsequently, Mr. Cliff Chien, Executive Director of China Social Innovation Forum gave participants an insight into strategic CSR and its positive relevance to the competitive edge of corporations.  
Group Photo

For the second part of Saturday, several TIEMBA Alumni members took the stage individually to share with the audience their experience and personal journeys in starting up their own businesses. After a fulfilling day on social entrepreneurship, the 2013 TIEMBA Reunion drew to a memorable close over cocktails, a sumptuous dinner and more cocktails in a private dining area of Mesa restaurant in The Village @ Sanlitun.  As they say, “All good things in life must come to an end”, at least until the next TIEMBA Reunion in 2015...