Introduction & Highlights

Build Global Impact and Leadership through Education and Knowledge

Global markets are expanding rapidly, opening new doors for multinational firms while making them more susceptible to competition in their own backyard. Fast-paced technological advances are making established products and services obsolete, changing the way business is conducted. The current rate of economic growth in China has outpaced existing models of economic thought and has created immense needs for education and knowledge.

The W. P. Carey School of Business is committed to providing advanced managerial education that will prepare students for leadership in this dynamic global business environment. Such a commitment is fully reflected in the strategic vision of the school. The need to excel in globalization is a critical to building Arizona State University as a New American University.

Program Overview

China is a dynamic and evolving global economic and political power that must be part of the plan for any business school with global aspirations. The W. P. Carey School of Business has a set of relationships that have evolved over the last decade that have already yielded significant results for the school, ASU and our partners in both the U.S. and China.

In November 1998, the business school collaborated with Motorola to establish a customized MBA program in Beijing, China, with a curriculum focusing on high-tech management. The program plays a pivotal role for Motorola to excel in management localization, market penetration and talent retention for its China operations. To date, the program has graduated more than 130 students who are among the global leaders of Motorola.

In 2003, the W. P. Carey School of Business launched an Executive MBA program in Shanghai. The EMBA in Shanghai is delivered in collaboration with Shanghai National Accounting Institute (SNAI), which was founded by former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and is under the governance of China’s Ministry of Finance . The EMBA in Shanghai has attracted senior management of China’s largest firms and government officials in charge of policymaking and regulation. Most students and alumni hold the title of chairman, CEO, president or vice president of China’s largest firms located in Shanghai, the country’s financial capital.

In addition to the EMBA in Shanghai, the W. P. Carey School offers Executive Education Programs to Chinese firms and multinationals with operations in China. Our annual Executive Forum in Shanghai has also attracted the participation of global business leaders, high-ranking government officials and elite academics to share their thoughts on the emerging global issues facing China. Speakers at past forums have included Dr. Robert Mondell, Dr. Edward Prescott, Dr. Lawrence Klein, Han Zheng, Li Yong, Lou Jiwei, Hu Yanzhao, Howard Schultz and Roger Dow. Through the forums, we are able to offer an exclusive platform for exchange between leaders to cultivate and expand business opportunities, build global connectivity and explore common ventures of interest.


2005 - Graduation Ceremony for Shanghai EMBA Students

Graduation Ceremony

The first W. P. Carey EMBA in Shanghai class graduated in June 2005. The commencement was held in Shanghai and was presided over by ASU President Michael Crow. It was the first time in the university’s history that degrees were conferred by an ASU president outside of Arizona. Lou Jiwei, Executive Vice Minister of Finance, and Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng addressed the graduates.

2004 - Launched 1st Annual Executive Forum

Executive Forum

The W. P. Carey School of Business is recognized as one of the leading providers of EMBA education and it offers unparalleled opportunities to learn and network with the best business minds from both the U.S. and China.

In June 2004, the opening of the first annual Executive Forum attracted many eminent business leaders to speak and participate in learning.

2003 - Launched EMBA Program in Shanghai, China


Classes began on Sept. 20, 2003, in the W. P. Carey EMBA in Shanghai, an Executive MBA program for top Chinese business leaders co-sponsored by the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Shanghai National Accounting Institute (SNAI).

2001 - Graduation Ceremony for EMBA High-Tech Track

Graduation Ceremony

A key vision of Motorola is to invest in the local community. Consistent with this vision, this W. P. Carey MBA China Program not only facilitates the development of local employees to become future senior managers at Motorola, but also enables direct transfer of management education to Tsinghua University, a premier university in China and a strategic partner of human resources for Motorola China.

After three successful EMBA cohorts, W. P. Carey continued to work with Motorola China in developing other executive education programs for its employees.

1998 - Launched EMBA High-Tech Track with Motorola in Beijing, China


In November 1998, the W. P. Carey School of Business took an important step toward internationalizing its programs when it began exporting its MBA program to Motorola employees in China.

The program shares the merits of the internationally recognized W. P. Carey MBA, but is distinctive in the way it meets the special needs of Motorola's technical professionals located in China.