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UI's Gaeth Notes Challenges for MBA Programs in China

An article that explores why Western schools are leaving China and closing executive MBA programs gives several reasons, including red tape, difficult partners, and weak demand. Recently another, not entirely unexpected, challenge has arisen: a growing number of sophisticated programs taught in Mandarin and Cantonese. Thirty Chinese universities are now authorized by Beijing to provide executive MBA programs. "The Chinese schools are coming right at the teeth of what I offer," says GARY GAETH, the associate dean of the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie School of Management," which will start a program with the highly regarded Peking University this year. "And their MBA programs are every bit as good as everyone else's."


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