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Tsinghua MBA Exchange Forum

November 3rd, 2005
Tsinghua University seal

Today was the International Exchange Forum at the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management. Danna and I were obligated to present about the glory that is the Sauder School of Business. Danna was almost overcome, while attempting to describe how great Vancouver is. After all it was recently named the number one city in the world for “liveability” by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

According to the introduction Tsinghua currently has 40 partner schools, 74 students currently out on exchange, and 46 incoming exchange students from 21 different schools. It seems some schools don’t require their students to participate in these events. Several notable schools that didn’t present include:
Warsaw School of Economics Presentation

The schools scheduled to present were:

Some of the Chinese in the audience

I don’t remember the Copenhagen presentation, perhaps it didn’t happen. Although our presentation was good, with the highlight being the awarding of our lucky draw prize, probably the most enjoyed presentation was that given by the Wolfs about Cologne.

I know I learned a lot watching all the presentations. I learned:

  • UCLA has no oncampus housing for exchange students
  • Cologne has 64,000 students
  • At Bocconi they eat an extra meal a day
  • Reims had an alumni speak in Chinese, what would the French language preservationists say to that?
  • AIT is 40Km from Bangkok
  • Nanyang is in the jungle
  • ESSEC has students at arch-rival Peking who were thus denied the lucky draw prize, by the powers that be
  • Swedes like chocolate
  • There are two types of trains in Hong Kong
  • I’d rather watch dancing girls than yet another Business School presentation
  • Poland is the center of Europe not Germany and has the most beautiful women

Kenny's presentation

About the dancing girls, after about seven presentations I was getting really thirsty so I ventured outside to try and find a vending machine. When what do I see in the lobby of the Sunde building, but a team of girls rehearsing a dance. There were also a lot of pink balloons. Inspired I ran and got my camera to document this, so people will believe me. Luckily the leading dancer Ren Wangyu 任望宇, spoke excellent English and told me that they were in fact undergrads (mmm undergrads) rehearsing for the school festival. They didn’t even have any music, Wangyu just had to call out the time in Chinese. The festival is December 4th, I’m so there.

There was a team of dancing boys rehearsing on the otherside of the lobby, they didn’t have any music either. Tsinghua isn’t sexist. I have no idea what the pink balloons were all about.

Dancing Girls of Tsinghua School of Economics and Management

Two more things before I go to bed. I’ve joined another online networking site, this one is in Chinese. I had to rely heavily on Babelfish to register and I’m not even sure which classmate invited me, someone I just met last week I think. I signed up on a lark, the only word in my profile not in Chinese I think is UVIC. The site is called Tianji. I invited Danna to join, she might be able to tell me more.

In other Tsinghua MBA news, Anders, Martin, and Mathias made the finals of a case competition hosted by Booze Allen Hamilton. As a result they will be flying off to Germany on the 17th for the finals.

This webpage seems to do reasonably well in the search engines for “Tsinghua MBA” so I think anyone considering doing an exchange semester there would benefit from reading our official exchange report which I put online complete with pictures and helpful links.

Update January 21st 2013

Given how I was treated by the administration and how I continue to suffer now over seven years after graduation, I can not recommend the Sauder MBA program or the University of British Columbia.


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