Ivey-CUPL partnership 
opens new doors in China

CUPL Ivey

Officials from Canada and China came together to celebrate the official launch of a new business-law program from Ivey Asia and China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). Pictured are, standing from left, Jan De Silva, Ivey Asia dean; Iain Scott, Western Law dean; John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs; David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources; Guy Saint-Jacques, Canadian ambassador to China; Sun Xuan Zhong, CUPL Business School dean; and Chai Xiaoqin, CUPL professor; seated from left, Amit Chakma, Western president; and Zhu Yong, China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) vice-president.

The ties between Canada and China were strengthened last week in the field of education with the official launch of a new business-law program from Ivey Asia and China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). The first intake of the program starts on Aug. 9, 2014.

The partnership between the two schools was signed at a ceremony with Western Law Dean Iain Scott, Canada’s Governor General David Johnston and other dignitaries at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel.

The new Ivey-CUPL Executive MBA arising from the partnership is the first of its kind in China and will provide Chinese executives with real-world, case-based learning of leadership and legal practices in international business.

Western Law will participate in delivering some of the course content in relation to business law matters pertaining to securities regulation, corporate finance and corporate law generally.  

“CUPL is one of China's leading Universities and we are honoured and excited to be part of this new important partnership,” said Dean Scott. "The law faculty at CUPL is ranked among the top five law faculties in all of China."

While in Beijing, Scott met with senior officers of CUPL to discuss possible cooperation among the law faculties specifically. 

"We will be looking for other ways to expand our areas of co-operation with CUPL to include students and faculty," Scott said. 

The meeting was part of a larger State visit led by Johnston, and included The Hon. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs; The Hon. Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources; and Western President Amit Chakma, along with other representatives from the fields of business, education and innovation.

“The new Ivey-CUPL program will help us to showcase the high-quality programs Western has to offer as well as provide us with the opportunity to learn more about our education partners in China,” said Chakma. “It brings together two of the top schools in their fields and provides an education that is second to none.”

Ivey Business School was the first international business school to establish a campus in greater China in 1998 and has since been offering both executive MBA and executive development programs in China.

“Together, Ivey and CUPL are providing a new source of talent to meet the needs of multinational organizations in China as well as Chinese enterprises going global,” said Sun Xuan Zhong, CUPL Business School dean. “The program combines Ivey’s business education strengths with CUPL’s legal management expertise to provide a new sought-after talent development environment.”