On May 7, 2012, Zhejiang University signed a partnership agreement with McGill University to launch an innovative dual-degree program called the Master in Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management (GMSCM). After a year of preparation, on September 13, 2013, the GMSCM program was officially launched with an opening ceremony, welcoming 27 newly admitted students. Representatives of both universities were in attendance, including Professor Saibal Ray, Associate Dean (Research and International Relations) of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University; Professor Jiaping Wang, Dean of Graduate Studies at Zhejiang University; and Professor Xiaobo Wu, Dean of the School of Management at Zhejiang University. Other guests included Rick Savone, Canadian Consul General in Shanghai and executives from Haiying Aerospace Special Materials Co. Ltd., Husky Injection Molding, Pratt & Whitney Aerotech, and Transfar Road-Port Logistics.
The GMSCM is McGill’s first degree program in China and one of Zhejiang’s first international MBA programs. Geared toward high-potential managers, entrepreneurs, and professionals in manufacturing, operations-intensive services, and supply chain sectors, the program is designed to generate best practices through research, discussion, and a cutting-edge curriculum taught by world-renowned professors. The GMSCM prepares students to lead and manage organizations in today’s dynamic and global marketplace and develop companies by providing them with new pools of trained talent.
GMSCM graduates earn two separate degrees—a Master of Management from McGill and an MBA from Zhejiang. Approximately half of the courses are taught by McGill professors at Zhejiang’s campus in China. As the program is part-time, the classes are typically held twice a month during weekends. The GMSCM also includes an international study trip to Montreal, Canada, during which students will visit several local businesses.
The impressive first GMSCM cohort has an average of seven years work experience and over 70% hold management positions. International students in the program hail from Brazil and Colombia. Seven in ten GMSCM students have received scholarships, helping to bring the tuition cost down to at least the level of the domestic MBA program at Zhejiang.
“This new global partnership represents McGill’s growing commitment to Asia,” says Professor Saibal Ray, McGill Director of the GMSCM.
About McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management:
Since 1821 McGill University in Montreal has been one of Canada’s leading and most international post-secondary institutions. It is consistently ranked among the world’s top 20 research-intensive universities, with two campuses, 11 faculties, 11 professional schools, 300 programs of study and some 38,000 students from over 150 countries around the world. For over 100 years, the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill has been recognized as one of the top international business schools in the world. The Desautels Faculty of Management emphasizes an integrated and holistic approach to the teaching, research and practice of management. Desautels’ exacting standards, innovative approach and historic reputation for excellence continue to attract the finest students, the most prominent professors and the most demanding recruiters from around the globe. Education choices at Desautels include all management disciplines, with programs at the undergraduate, masters, doctorate, and executive levels.
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