Pascal Lamy addresses the first HEC Executive MBA class in Beijing
The first class of the HEC Executive MBA Program, offered in Beijing, opened in September 2006
is sponsored by Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director General of the WTO and alumnus of HEC Paris. On
June 19, in the presence of SASAC Vice Chairman Mr. WANG Yong, Mr. Lamy will address the
class in Beijing, allowing privileged discussion with participants on issues related to globalization
and China’s role in the world economy.
Mr. Lamy gave the following statement upon accepting sponsorship of the class:
“I am pleased and honoured to accept the invitation to be the inaugural sponsor of the very first
HEC EMBA class in China.
You are an exceptional group of business leaders, living an exceptional period in the development
of China. I congratulate you for your professional accomplishments and for your assiduity in
pursuing further business studies at HEC.
As a graduate of HEC myself, I am naturally proud of HEC, but more than that, I applaud the
continued pursuit of higher education. The acquisition of knowledge is a never-ending endeavor
which requires hard work but also, I hope, one in which you also find enjoyment. I think that
building strong bridges is essential to creating a better understanding among nations and peoples.
Open trade is one of those bridges. It is key to the promotion of sustainable growth and
development, the improvement in living standards and the reduction of poverty.
I also see you, the participants in this Executive MBA program, as bridges. You are bridging
cultures and borders for the success of your companies and country. As your class sponsor, I wish
you and the organizations you represent great success.”
With more than 70 participants from some of China’s most prestigious state and private enterprises,
the program is offered under the auspices of the Training Center of the State-owned Assets and
Supervision Commission of the State Council (SASAC). In establishing the Executive MBA
program in China, HEC Paris is engaged in a unique partnership to provide Chinese business
leaders the tools and concepts needed to excel in the fast-paced international arena and to facilitate
the transformation of Chinese enterprises into the global economy.
The mean age of participants in the class of 2006 is 43, bringing to the classroom on average 20
years of professional experience. They represent China’s most prestigious enterprises, and 33%
have the titles of Chairman, President, CEO or Chairman of the Board. The program is also open to
participants coming from private enterprises, as well as multinationals.
Founded in 1881, HEC Paris produces ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. HEC
Paris offers a unique portfolio of executive education and graduate management programs: HEC
Grande Ecole (Master of Science), 20 Specialised Masters, MBA program, Executive MBA, TRIUM
and PhD. With 105 permanent faculty, HEC was recently ranked the No1 business school in Europe
by the Financial Times (December 2006).
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