Thunderbird signs partnership with Peking University in Beijing

November 6, 2008

Thunderbird School of Global Management continues to expand its global learning network through partnerships with top business schools around the world, including a new partnership with Peking University in Beijing, China.

In the partnership, Peking University will become a new site for Thunderbird students to participate in a six-week study abroad module starting in Spring 2009. Thunderbird students will be able to take the following courses: Regional Business Environment – Asia, Managerial Accounting, Global Finance, Global Marketing Management and Mandarin Chinese.

Thunderbird and Peking University’s School of International Studies have also agreed to work together to develop a dual degree program and executive, non degree programs.

Under the agreement Thunderbird and Peking University also intend to jointly train Chinese diplomats and future leaders to increase their global mindset and global management abilities in order to promote the process of China’s globalization.

“Thunderbird is delighted to announce that we have joined with Peking University in an exciting new partnership,” says Robert Widing, Ph.D., senior vice president and provost of Thunderbird. “Peking University is widely regarded as the finest university in China and we are thrilled by the opportunities this opens up for their students and ours, which will enable them to increase their global connections”

Founded in 1898, Peking University is the first national university in Chinese modern history. Peking University has an enrollment of more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students.

“Peking University is thrilled to partner with Thunderbird, a leader in global management,” says Yansong Li, assistant vice president of International Cooperation for Peking University. “Through the partnership, Chinese students and corporate managers will benefit from Thunderbird’s expertise, which will help China’s globalization process. Also, Thunderbird students who study at Peking University will acquire deeper knowledge about China, which will help the world understand China more.”

The partnership with Peking University adds to Thunderbird’s growing offerings with schools around the world, including dual degree’s programs with Vermont Law School in the United States, ESADE in Barcelona, Spain; INCAE in Costa Rica; and Adolfo Ibanez in Chile.