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New Member Spotlight: Peking University HSBC Business School


Institutional Profile

Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS)


Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS) was founded in Shenzhen in 2004 with the vision to bring Peking University’s historical presence and first-tier business education programs to southern China, and benefit from the entrepreneurial spirit of the thriving city. It currently offers a full-range of masters and doctoral degrees in business as well as executive education and community engagement initiatives. PHBS has been accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EPAS, and has a UK campus located in Oxfordshire, England.

Dean: Hai Wen
Accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, EFMD
GBSN Ambassador: Young Joon Park, Assistant Dean of International Relations width=

Current Partnerships with GBSN Member Schools

PHBS partners with various GBSN members, including National University of Management, Copenhagen Business School, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Leuphana University of LŸneburg, TUM School of Management ESCA-Ecole de Management, Maastricht School of Management, Asian Institute of Management, Nova School of Business and Economics, Porto Business School-University of Porto, Wits Business School, University of St. Gallen-School of Management, and Florida International University-College of Business.

Network Engagement

HBS will support the GBSN mission by sharing our expertise and experience in entrepreneurship, as well as insights into China and emerging markets. We will work with other member institutions to address common concerns and rise to challenges.

Institutional contributions to the network platform in the first year

We are ready to be fully engaged in the GBSN activities, sharing all our knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship and innovation to make contributions to the network and strengthen business education in emerging markets.

Institutional engagement with fellow GBSN member institutions

PHBS will participate in collaborative research projects and establish partnerships with GBSN members through the cross-border coffee breaks and annual conferences. Our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is ready to offer lectures, arrange seminars and hold conferences with fellow member institutions.

The biggest challenge facing management in your community and how the institution addresses this challenge

China is now moving from a labor-intensive and industrial economy to a knowledge-based and digital economy. Innovation and entrepreneurship will play an increasingly important role in the success of China’s long-term and sustainable growth. As a leading business school located in Shenzhen, a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, PHBS has incorporated cutting-edge subjects such as fintech and machine learning into our curriculum, and launched a master program in this field.

In addition, our school has established high-level think tanks, including Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and Sargent Institute of Quantitative Finance and Economics (SIQFE). CIE aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Greater Bay Area, and cultivate innovative and entrepreneurial talent with global vision. Headed by Nobel Laureate Thomas Sargent, SIQFE “crunches” extensive sets of data and does theoretical, as well as empirical research, to glean insights about the real world. PHBS has signed an agreement with Ping An Technology to jointly establish a high-level research platform for macroeconomics and finance by incorporating AI technology and big data.

“GBSN Membership will enhance our school’s ties with business schools across the globe. We are a global community with campuses in China and UK. As technology shapes the business landscape, PHBS is on track to lead the way with our research, programs, faculty and alumni, leveraging our location in Shenzhen, China’s front-runner in tech innovation. We look forward to working with other GBSN members to achieve our shared goals.”

– Hai Wen, PHBS Dean

Program Spotlight

Fintech is an important intersection between PHBS and startups in Shenzhen. The fintech program is designed to prepare students for the future of finance with courses ranging from blockchain, AI, cyber security, and information security. One of the things that sets PHBS’ fintech program apart from other schools’ similar programs is fostering students’ leadership skills. The courses will guide students in gaining a strong perspective not only in technology but also in company management and determining the firm’s technology needs.

The curriculum strives to find “chemical bonding” between technology and finance, not only focusing on fundamentals in management, finance and economics, but also dealing with hands-on work in terms of programming. For example, in the AI and machine learning course students use real data, apply the machine learning algorithms, and search for patterns in the data. In the software engineering course they students create a program to suggest portfolio management. It’s a practical real-world example.

Tech giants like Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent have largely fueled the growth of fintech in China, and Shenzhen is on track to become a front-runner in this regard. As Fintech is an important intersection between PHBS and startups in Shenzhen, PHBS will have more interactions with fintech startups in Shenzhen to get feedback on better educating and training students in ways to benefit startups. In the future, PHBS will try to get involved in the startup ecosystem. Learn more