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China Business Development


Course Description

About the programme

The postgraduate in China Business Development prepares Bexperienced or future professionals for every aspect of doing business with China. Courses of high academic quality are enriched by hands-on input from practitioners. Participants will be offered an all-around training, including: basic Chinese, intercultural management, Chinese economy, exporting to China, purchasing in China and investing in China.

Target audience

Bachelors or Masters aspiring to a job in which they will do business with China, and who, therefore, feel the need to upgrade their diplomas with knowledge of international business, especially that related to China, for example engineers, economists, lawyers, sinologists, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, bachelors in management, marketing, communication, tourism;
Students from all disciplines following some modules during their master’s education;
Professionals who wish to broaden or reorient their career in the field of Chinese business.

Added value

The postgraduate in China Business Development is one of the most comprehensive programmes in the field of Chinese business because it covers every aspect of doing business with China - export, import and investment – and all of this with a multidisciplinary approach.

Professional experience

We recognize the importance of research and professional experience. The second semester is fully dedicated to the student’s professional preferences. In order to make this possible, all compulsory courses are taught in the first semester and entail a certain degree of self-study.

Depending on the availability of trainee posts, students who wish to acquire professional experience may opt for a four-month internship. Students who are more research oriented may opt for a research project consisting of writing a thesis or one or more papers on any subject dealt with in the programme. The third option is following specialized elective courses.

Versatile programme

Graduates will be able to:
- understand the Chinese mentality;
- understand the jargon of international business development;
- develop business with China (export, sourcing and international investment);
- reflect on the future developments of China’s economy;
- detect business opportunities;
- conduct reports on China’s various economic sectors (market reports);
- discuss international business with bankers, legal advisers and lawyers.

Admission requirements

Applicants should
- Hold a university degree (master’s or bachelor’s).
- Have a good command of English is required (TOEFL: ibt 80, IELTS: 6.5, or interview)
- Additionally, all students from the P.R. China must obtain a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the German Embassy in Beijing before being allowed to enrol in any institution of higher education, language course or other preparatory course in Flanders (Belgium). Please note that the APS certificate is also required for obtaining a student visa to Belgium. Students planning to study in Flanders are advised to contact the Academic Evaluation Centre in Beijing, , as soon as possible in order to make the necessary appointments required before applying for a visa. More information on APS can be found at their website.

Visit the China Business Development page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kar-Men Pang

2849.jpg The postgraduate China business Development has given me a decent insight and knowledge about China in different ways. I learned the most during my internship of four months in Delaware IT Consulting, although I couldn’t imagine to survive without the instructive courses I followed in the first semester! The internship itself gave me a lot of opportunities and responsibility for their operations/activities in China and I feel blessed to have found this internship thanks to this postgraduate. All said, this program has given me a valuable experience from both, theoretical and practical point of view.

(Student Profile)

Claudio Scarano

2850.png Picking the right course for your career is indeed difficult. Mind you, on enrolling to the Postgraduate in China Business Development I was afraid that the course would have not satisfied my expectations. But fortunately, I was wrong! Very young course, the postgraduate in CBD is able to provide students with theoretical knowledge as to Chinese political, social and economic matters, as well as practical job-oriented issues (e.g. Chinese language, import/export management, IPR, marketing and investment analysis): you will not find it as a typical “academic” course since you will be taught not only by professors but also by professionals and researchers of the field; what’s more, along the academic year, you have the great opportunity to participate in open seminars, where you can meet expertise and enhance your professional network.

The organization of the course is very flexible and “studentoriented” as it helps students achieve their goals rather than being cumbersome and bureaucratic. Talking about my personal experience, after the class-lessons, I received a couple of proposals for a traineeship in China (at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Guangzhou and in another organization in Beijing), but I chose to have my internship in the banking sector in Brussels (a happy choice!): from the very beginning, I realized I was already trained enough to work on my own!

All in all, I can tell that the postgraduate in CBD and BICCS gives you a great opportunity to grow professionally and personally, whether you choose to seize it or squander it. I believe it is worth seizing it; it is up to you!


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

• Bachelors or Masters aspiring to a job in which they will do business with China, and who, therefore, feel the need to upgrade their diplomas with knowledge of international business, especially that related to China, for example engineers, economists, lawyers, sinologists, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, bachelors in management, marketing, communication, tourism;• Students from all disciplines following some modules during their master’s education;• Professionals who wish to broaden or reorient their career in the field of Chinese business.

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