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Ivey takes home gold for education outreach in China

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  • Dec 1, 2014
Ivey takes home gold for education outreach in China

For the second time in a row, Ivey Business School has won a Gold Education Excellence Award from the Canada China Business Council (CCBC) for its pioneering business education efforts in China. Ivey also won the inaugural Gold Education Excellence Award from CCBC in 2012.

John Irwin, Ivey’s CFO, CIO, and Vice President of the Ivey Group of Companies, accepted the award at the 4th Canada-China Business Excellence Awards ceremony in Toronto on November 28. 

The award honoured Ivey’s achievements in expanding Canada’s relationship with China through education, research, alumni relations, and student and faculty exchanges.

Ivey’s history in China traces back 30 years. It began with The China Project in 1984, a partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing to teach Ivey’s case method to Chinese faculty and students, and was solidified when Ivey opened a campus in Hong Kong, The Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute, in 1998. At that time, Ivey was the first Canadian and the first international business school to establish a permanent campus in Greater China.

Irwin said those pioneering efforts laid the groundwork for the School’s future success in China.

“We were pioneers in those early years in China and therefore had to blaze our own trail,” he said. “The way of the pioneer is always rough, but those early initiatives set the stage for our increasing engagement in Asia.”

The CCBC Business Excellence Awards is a biennial event, which recognizes organizations that have played a leading role in growing and expanding business relationships between Canada and China.