Ivey and CUPL finalize plans for new business-law program in China

The ties between Canada and China were strengthened today in the field of education with the official launch of a new business-law program from Ivey Asia and China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL).

 October 18, 2013

 October 18, 2013

BEIJING, CHINA, October 18, 2013 – The ties between Canada and China were strengthened today in the field of education with the official launch of a new business-law program from Ivey Asia and China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). The first intake of the program starts on August 9, 2014.

The partnership between the two schools was signed at a ceremony with Canada’s Governor General David Johnston and other dignitaries at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel.

The new Ivey-CUPL Executive MBA arising from the partnership will be the first of its kind in China and will provide Chinese executives with real-world, case-based learning of leadership and legal practices in international business.  It meets the needs of Chinese organizations as they move toward a global business strategy.

Western University President Amit Chakma, also in Beijing for the signing ceremony, said the university already has strong research and education partnerships in China. In addition to Ivey Asia, Western is the first international university to set up a permanent tech-transfer centre in China, WORLDiscoveries® Asia, for international science collaboration and technology commercialization.

“The new Ivey-CUPL program will help us to showcase the high-quality programs Western University has to offer as well as provide us with the opportunity to learn more about our education partners in China,” he said. “It brings together two of the top schools in their fields and provides an education that is second to none.”

Ivey Asia Dean Jan De Silva noted the new program cements Ivey’s commitment to China. Ivey Business School was the first international business school to establish a campus in Greater China in 1998 and has since been offering both Executive MBA and Executive Development programs in China.

“This is a natural extension of our long history of engagement in China,” she said, adding that Ivey’s programs in China are helping to address the talent shortage of internationally capable executives. “Chinese businesses are seeking the knowledge to transform from domestic giants into strong international players. Ivey’s case-method experience is increasingly recognized as a practical, real-world approach to building the international capabilities that are in great demand for Chinese executives today.”

Sun Xuan Zhong, Dean of the CUPL Business School, said the concept of legal-business management is new in China, but the understanding of international legal rules is critical given the increasingly globalized nature of business.

“Together, Ivey and CUPL are providing a new source of talent to meet the needs of multinational organizations in China as well as Chinese enterprises going global,” he said. “The program combines Ivey’s business education strengths with CUPL’s legal management expertise to provide a new sought after talent development environment.”

About Ivey Asia
Ivey Business School at Western University was the first international business school to establish an Asian campus in Hong Kong in 1998, Ivey Asia ( and is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Ivey Asia offers a top-ranked Executive MBA program, as well as a diverse range of Executive Development programs to more than 1,000 executives annually. Renowned for its case-method teaching, Ivey Asia is recognized as one of just four exclusive Case Study Method schools globally and is the world’s foremost producer of Asian and Indian case studies and largest overall producer of business cases after Harvard Business School. The Case Study Method draws on extensive research and business experience, where Ivey Asia faculty provide an engaging and intensive educational experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities needed to tackle leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate, Masters in Science, and doctoral degree programs at its campus in London, Ontario, Canada. Ivey Asia also runs a Summer Business Program for pre-university students.

About China University of Political Science and Law
Established in 1952, CUPL, a leading law school in China, has played, and continues to play, a key part in the formation of China’s legal system: from the drafting of the 1954 Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, to the enactment and implementation of almost every major law of the PRC since then.  Directly under the supervision of the State Ministry of Education, CUPL leads China’s jurisprudence theoretical innovation and represents China’s international exchanges in the field of law.  The university focuses on law with accompanying disciplines in the areas of economics, management, science and philosophy. In 2009 it was ranked by the Ministry as 2nd among the top law schools in China.  CUPL has more than 200,000 alumni, many in senior roles in business, legislation and legal practice.
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