On 22nd April, to connect new students with senior alumni, a Sunday breakfast social was held at the University of Manchester China Centre. The workshop tutor Professor Oswaldo Lorenzoand and more than 10 workshop starters and alumni from different industries such as healthcare, HR, marketing, finance etc presented the mixer. The networking session began at 8:30am, thirty minutes before the workshop to make it convenient and feasible for workshop attendants. While being so early on a weekend morning, alumni arrived on time to spend a quality half hour sharing their experience, answering questions about company, sector and personal journey. The short and yet condensed session provided golden opportunities for GMBA starters to get first-hand feedback from seniors on how the programme would progress and what kind of preparations are recommended to take.
On 22nd April, China Centre Continue Study Club invited Dr. Chen Dafei, previously a visiting scholar at the University of Manchester, to deliver a talk on the very hot topic of short-term challenges and long-term difficulties of China's economic development. More than 70 alumni and students attended the talk. Dr. Chen first analyzed financial risks and structural deleveraging in its logic and method. Then he explored the trade friction between America and China focusing on its cause, confrontation and prospect. He particularly looked at Chinese currency’s exchange rate and call it as a smokeless "currency war". To finish the 3-hour session, Dr. Chen briefed on disappearing demographic dividend and its impact on China's economy. During the Q&A session, alumni expressed their concerns regarding the ongoing Sino-US trade war and relevant impact on them as Chinese residents and businessmen.
On 22nd April, Michelle Ma, AMBS MBA Alumnus, a manager of a famous commercial bank with 4 years working experience in Dubai, offered to share with alumni her experience and prospectiveS on the economy and culture of Dubai. To ease in and familiarize alumni with Dubai, Michelle started her introduction with showing Dubai’s tourism icons such as Dubai Tower, Jalor hotel and its bright sun, beautiful beach, large shopping centers and luxurious hotels. Then Michelle analyzed Dubai’s economic ties with China especially when Dubai is one of the most important city of China's "the Belt and Road Initiative” and China continue to maintain its largest trade country of Dubai in 2017. Particularly, Michelle helped to unveil the mysterious city in Middle East to audience and talked about how to look at this finance and economy center and the richest city in the Middle East Region, the "trade center" of Middle East and South Africa, and the host city of world expo 2020. During the Q&A sessions, questions were raised around topics such as unbalanced sex ratio at workplaces, religious influence in everyday life and culture shocks Chinese might face in Dubai.
On 18th April, a group of more than 20 students and alumni visited Guan Sheng Yuan Group Internet and Finance Park (“GSY Park”), which occupies 12,000 square meters in central Shanghai. The GSY Park, originally the headquarter site for the Guan Sheng Yuan Group, now mainly provides free community space for the public and incubation sites for start-ups in areas such as internet, finance, and innovation.