MSM and Nanjing University Business School (NUBS) recently started a path-breaking Executive MBA in Healthcare Management – the first such in China. MSM Dean Professor Wim Naudé officially opened the program on the 7th of November 2015 at a special function in Nanjing, China that was also attended amongst others by the Dean of NUBS Professor Kunrong Shen and the Vice-President of Nanjing University, Professor Zhong Yang.
(Main photo: MSM Dean Professor Wim Naudé with NUBS Dean Professor Kunrong Shen with some of the new guest professors who will teach in the Healthcare Management Executive MBA)
Welcoming no less than 31 students into the program, Dean Naudé indicated that it was his privilege to meet so many extremely well qualified and motivated students – many with doctorate degrees, and all well-entrenched in the medical sector in China. “The health sector in China is undergoing tremendous change”, Naudé said, explaining that “as the country gets more affluent and the old-age population growing, the demand for different types and better quality healthcare is increasing”. As a result, there is also a strong demand for managers and entrepreneurs to contribute to the expansion and development of the healthcare system.
Dean Naudé also welcomed fifteen new guest professors into the program; all are experienced and highly qualified practitioners in the field of healthcare in China.
Prof. Dr. Wang Yonghong, CPC General Secretary and Director of the Health and Family Planning Commission, of Jiangsu Province, spoke on behalf of newly appointed guest professors. She told the audience that Jiangsu Province has been chosen by the Central Government to pilot the healthcare reform project. To successfully respond to the challenges confronting healthcare sector, such as changing demographic, emergence of new technology, pressures on funding, just to name a few, healthcare professionals need not only medical expertise, but also management knowledge and skills. Dr. Wang believes this new EMBA program answers to the training needs of healthcare professionals in China in a timely manner.
(Prof. Dr. Wang Yonghong, Director of the Health and Family Planning Commission, of Jiangsu Province: the MSM-NJU MBA in Healthcare answers to the needs of healthcare professionals in China in a timely manner)
Dr. Zhang Qiang, a pioneer and entrepreneur in healthcare reform in China, shared his experience with the new EMBA students of establishing the Dr. Smile Medical Group – the first private medical group in Mainland China consisting of top quality specialized medical teams.
MSM’s investment in the development and offering of this Executive MBA in Healthcare Management is evidence of the School’s entrepreneurialism, and innovativeness. “We don’t focus on enrolment of large numbers of students at all costs”, says Naudé, “rather we prefer to keep classes small and the teaching immediate on the level of the intermediate student” adding that “ this leads to better quality teaching, based on more relevant material, and allows us to source in the best quality of faculty to do the job”.
In 2014 MSM has been nominated as a finalist for the AMBA Innovation Award of the year, in recognition of its flexible and entrepreneurial initiatives to bring the MBA-degree to the developing and emerging world. Its prestigious MBA’s, ranked by Eduniversal and accredited by NVAO, AMBA, ACSBP and IACBE attracts hundreds of applications each year from across the world, and is currently offered across the world with partners in more than a dozen countries.
Interested in healthcare management, and/or to pursue a degree in healthcare management? If so, click on the links for information on admissions, financial aspects and deadlines for our program in Maastricht and in Nanjing.