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Ivey Takes Home Gold: Canada’s Premier Business School Earns Prestigious Education Excellence Award

November 30, 2012

LONDON, ON – November 30th, 2012 – The Richard Ivey School of Business is honoured to receive the inaugural Education Excellence Award from the Canada China Business Council  (CCBC) for outstanding achievements in expanding Canada’s relationship with China through education, research, alumni relations and student/faculty exchanges. Ivey was unanimously chosen by independent judges to receive the Gold Award in the education category, which was presented by His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada at a gala event in Montreal on Tuesday.

Paul Beamish, Director of Ivey’s Asian Management Institute and Engaging Emerging Markets Centre and Jan De Silva, Associate Dean of Ivey Asia were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the School at the awards ceremony of the CCBC AGM and Policy Conference in Montreal. The event was attended by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

“Ivey is not only a pioneer, but also a leader in management education in China,” said Dean Carol Stephenson. “It is a tribute to the foresight of our faculty, who  recognized China’s global significance almost 30 years ago, as well as staff, students and alumni who have contributed to the success of our Chinese programs over the years. In particular we owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Henry S. Cheng, who provided the space for our campus in Hong Kong in 1998 – (Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute) the first permanent campus established by a North American business school in China.”

Ivey has had a long-standing relationship with China, which started with the “China Project” in 1984, a partnership with the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and eventually other Chinese schools, to educate Chinese students and faculty using our renowned case method and help to develop management education in China with a focus on developing global leaders.

Under the leadership of Jan de Silva, Dean of Ivey’s Hong Kong campus, the school offers executive education and EMBA programs to more than 1,000 executives annually in greater China. These include the recent development of leadership programs in partnership with the Agricultural Bank of China and the China University of Political Science and Law.  Since 1997, Ivey’s London-based Asian Management Institute has been developing Asian business case studies through an International Case Development Program and leading case teaching workshops, and research partnerships throughout the region.


About the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University

The Richard Ivey School of Business ( at Western University is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Development at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.


About the CCBC:

The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) is the country’s Canada-China bilateral trade and investment facilitator, catalyst and advocate. Founded in 1978 as a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan business association, CCBC provides unparalleled insight into Sino-Canadian trade and investment issues and develops connections that ensure its members’ business success. In addition to its focused and practical services, the Council is also the voice of the Canadian business community on issues affecting Sino-Canadian trade and investment.


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