Whilst Peter Cowley, our Cambridge Angel blogging from China, highlights how China wants to retrieve its entrepreneurial overseas talent, a Chinese-born entrepreneur and Cambridge graduate is facilitating the reverse.
Hao Qingzan launched Garine Youth Union in Cambridge in 2011, a programme bringing top Chinese business students to Cambridge to participate in a series of seminars in Real Estate and Finance run at the Judge Business School, and to introduce them to the Cambridge environment. The programme proved so popular that it ran a second time in 2011, then again in early 2012.
Qingzan, with his small team in Cambridge and China, has apparently hit upon some serious demand. Beginning on 22 July, two different programmes will run in Cambridge with a total of 85 students each paying several thousand pounds.
A strong range of speakers has been secured, including the head of finance at Judge Business School and several local business leaders. Garine has also attracted serious investors and now seeks to roll out similar programmes in new locations.
A new Oxford programme will be introduced this coming winter, bringing potential Chinese business talent to the city to focus upon career development and entrepreneurship.
Qingzan also informs Cabume that his main business is expanding into executive education and training, with a third programme for a group of top Chinese business leaders being developed and executed in 2013. In particular, this will hopefully strengthen business links between China and Cambridge.
In response to growth, a new company has been set up called 'Cambridge Global Enterprise for Education' or CGE Education. After this summer, Garine Youth Union will be integrated into this company, as CGE seeks to expand partnerships beyond the UK into the USA and further afield. CGE also expects to take on some new staff in the UK, USA and China, all with the aim of “connecting China with the world by providing high-quality educational programmes”.
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