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President and Provost of University College London (UCL) Visits NSD


Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost of University College London (UCL), leading a delegation, visited the National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University on November 28, 2019.

Professor Yao Yang, Dean of NSD, Professor Chen Chunhua, Dean of the BiMBA Business School of the NSD, Assistant Professor Lv Xiaohui, Deputy Dean of the BiMBA Business School of the NSD, Dr. Du Guiying, BiMBA Assistant Dean, Ms. Liu Changyan, Assistant Dean of NSD and Director of the MBA Centre, and Mr. Wang Xianqing, Director of NSD's Public Relations Department, received Professor Michael Arthur and his delegation. Both sides had a friendly and in-depth exchange of views.


Professor Michael Arthur was accompanied throughout his visit by Dr Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice-Provost (International) of UCL, Dr. Katharine Carruthers, Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia), Prof. Bert De Reyck, Director of the UCL School of Management (SoM), Mr. Michael Manlangit, Programme Director for the School of Management, and Mr. Ciaran Moynihan, Head of Global Partnerships, Global Engagement Office of UCL.


Professor Michael Arthur's visit to NSD was of strategic significance for deepening mutual trust and enhancing cooperation.

In 2016, PKU and UCL signed a joint statement to jointly deliver an MBA program at PKU's campus. The program is run jointly by NSD and SoM, and qualified degree candidates will earn MBA degrees awarded by UCL. The first batch of part-time and full-time MBA students began their studies at the beginning of September 2017, and graduated this year. This year marks the third year that the program has been running successfully.


During the meeting, Professor Yao Yang first gave a warm welcome to Professor Michael Arthur and his delegation in the opening remarks. Yao said the PKU-UCL MBA program set a stellar example of the two sides delivering unique courses on the basis of complementary strengths, which played a positive role in producing next-generation international talent with leadership potential. He hoped this program could be world-leading in global MBA education through collective efforts from the two sides.

According to Professor Chen Chunhua, the cooperation between NSD and UCL is well underway with noticeable results achieved in curriculum provision, teacher arrangement and student management. She hoped in the future the two sides could continue to strengthen communicayion and cooperation, further leverage the advantages of the two universities and take this program to a new level, with the aim of living up to the high expectations of the students for the program and attracting more talented candidates.

Professor Michael Arthur spoke highly of the achievements of the PKU-UCL MBA program. He said when he exchanged with the first batch of the students in a symposium held during his visit to NSD in 2017, he was deeply impressed by their excellent performance. He added that he looked forward to attending their graduation ceremony scheduled for this Saturday and UCL will provide stronger support for the cooperation and development of the program.

Afterwards, the two sides discussed the latest progress of the MBA program,  scholarships, and some issues needed to be addressed together.

About UCL

The University College London (UCL) was founded in 1826. It is a founding college of the University of London (UOL) and a member of G5, a group of top universities (the other four are the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and the London School of Economics) in the UK. UCL enjoys top capacity for scientific research, teaching force and economic strength, and is one of the Golden Triangle universities as well as a member of the Russell Group, an association of top 24 research universities in the UK and UK’s equivalent to “Ivy”. It also boasts the highest budget received from the government education funding. UCL ranks eighth in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, making it the third in the UK, secon only to Oxford and Cambridge.


About the PKU-UCL MBA program

In 2016, PKU and UCL signed a joint statement to jointly deliver an MBA program at PKU’s campus. The program is run jointly by the National School of Development of PKU and the School of Management of UCL. NSD is a leading economics and public policy think tank and SoM is a leading business school focusing on technology, innovation, analytics and entrepreneurship. This program is one of the fine examples where world-leading universities combine their teaching force, expertise and excellent teaching resources.