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The CHEMBA grads during their visit to the Twin Cities.

During their trip to the Twin Cities, the CHEMBA grads met with the CEOs of Carlson Companies, H.B. Fuller, Medtronic, Sit Investment Group, and General Mills, and toured 3M and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Gifts to U result in MBAs for 38

by University of Minnesota Foundation

From eNews, November 13, 2003

Thirty-eight executives from the Guangdong Province in China wrapped up a whirlwind 10-day visit to the Twin Cities on Monday with a University of Minnesota graduation ceremony--an event delayed six months by the SARS outbreak in China. The Chinese visitors were part of the Carlson School of Management's inaugural class for its China Executive Master's in Business Administration (CHEMBA) program, which was based in Guangdong Province--the epicenter of the SARS outbreak early this year. The CHEMBA partnership between Carlson and the Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou city was made possible by gifts from U donors with strong ties to the South China region: Gene Sit, CEO of Sit Investment Group, whose family is from Guangdong Province; Jean Ip, a 1966 alumnus whose mother graduated from Lingnan; and Michael Illbruck, a 1985 Carlson graduate whose company has operations in China. "In Eastern cultures, an American MBA is highly respected," says Mary Maus Kosir, director of international programs at Carlson. "We're among the elite who offer it in China." During their trip to the Twin Cities, the CHEMBA grads met with the CEOs of Carlson Companies, H.B. Fuller, Medtronic, Sit Investment Group, and General Mills, and toured 3M and the Federal Reserve Bank. The program, which began in 2001, is modeled after Carlson's domestic executive MBA program and consists of 16 courses (taught in English) over 16 months, including a 10-day overseas residency. During their trip to the Twin Cities, the CHEMBA grads met with the CEOs of Carlson Companies, H.B. Fuller, Medtronic, Sit Investment Group, and General Mills, and toured 3M and the Federal Reserve Bank. The Carlson School first offered global executive MBAs in 1996, beginning with the Warsaw School of Economics (Warsaw Executive MBA program). This was followed by the Vienna Executive MBA program established in March 2000 with the Vienna University of Business Administration and Economics in Austria. To learn more about the Carlson School's new China Executive MBA program, see http://www.csom.umn.edu/Page619.aspx. For information about giving to the U, see http://www.giving.umn.edu.

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