Columbia Business School and SAIF Enters into Strategic Partnership


Columbia Business School, founded in 1916, is one of the six Ivy League business schools. Columbia Business School has been pioneering business practices and educating leaders from around the world for nearly a century. In 2011, its Executive MBA (EMBA) Program was ranked 2nd worldwide by Businessweek

On April 25, 2012, an international strategic cooperation agreement on Finance EMBA program was signed between Columbia Business School and SAIF at Datong Square. As one of the strategic partners of SAIF EMBA Program, Columbia Business School has successfully cooperated with SAIF to carry out the international module of SAIF Finance EMBA in New York in October, 2011.  



At the signing ceremony, both sides negotiated details of the partnership program and shared the experience of how to run a world-class business school. First, Prof, Chang Chun, Executive Director of SAIF, pointed out that higher requirements will be expected from finance practitioners with the continuous financial reforms committed by the Chinese government. “The cooperation with Columbia Business School is definitely helpful in achieving SAIF’s mission which is to develop world-class financial professionals.” said Prof. Chang.



Mr. Michael Malefakis, Associate Dean for Executive Education at Columbia Business School, then summarized two points in common of the two schools: located in the financial hub of the home country: Shanghai and New York; the professors all have pragmatic research in financial practices and solid industry knowledge. Moreover, Mr. Malefaski considered that further cooperation between the two schools will also go hand in hand with the financial industry development in Shanghai and New York.

“SAIF is committed to becoming a world-class business school in terms of strategic mission, management, curriculums design as well as operation mode. Cooperation with Columbia Business School is a great step ahead in SAIF’s internationalization.” said Dr. Pan Jie, Deputy Director of SAIF.

SAIF Finance EMBA program emphasizes  SAIFer’s international exposure and better cross-cultural communication skills . By virtue of the high-profile connections in the U.S and International financial industry, SAIF Finance EMBA participants will  access more financial projects and business opportunities in a broader way. .

The international module of SAIF Finance EMBA program is composed of  intensive studies and business tours. Columbia Business School will provide SAIFers with cutting-edge and comprehensive financial curriculum and strongest faulty. The participants will be awarded Advanced Executive Certificate.