Columbia Engineering and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) Launch New Partnership Aimed at Business and Technology Leaders


Members of CKGSB’s Global Unicorns Program will convene on Columbia’s campus to create an international bridge of innovation and leadership


NEW YORK, N.Y. — Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science today announced a new executive education program developed in partnership with Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), China’s first privately funded, research-intensive, and not-for-profit business school, providing a unique opportunity to create an international bridge to foster collaboration in technical innovation, application, and leadership. The partnership between the two reputed academic institutions blends intellectual leadership with Columbia Engineering’s renowned researchers and cutting-edge research facilities and facilitates a transnational collaboration between academics, researchers, and business leaders.

The week-long event titled “Frontiers in Digital Innovation: AI, Future of Tech & Data Science” will take place from May 20 to 24, 2024, on Columbia’s historic campus in Morningside Heights, and will be open to rising business tech leaders and entrepreneurs in the US and China. Applicant’s eligibility will be determined based on technical proficiency and professional track record.

The program features a rich and innovative curriculum co-created by David Yao, its Faculty Director and Piyasombatkul Family Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia Engineering, and Xiang Bing, CKGSB’s founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization. Program participants will connect with industry peers from around the globe to forge valuable partnerships and gain new insights into how AI algorithms and data analytics will shape responsible business practices and opportunities, navigate future technology landscapes, and embrace cross-cultural perspectives.  

“The accelerating pace of technical development positions us at the leading edge of unprecedented advancements,” said Soulaymane Kachani, Senior Vice Provost of Columbia University. “This transformation underscores the necessity for decision-makers across the globe to not only comprehend but also adeptly apply these emerging capabilities to the practices of their organizations. As AI reshapes the landscape, understanding its potential is crucial in harnessing its benefits, driving innovation, and steering the future of business in a world where technology and strategy must converge seamlessly.”

Xiang Bing, the Founding Dean and Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of China Business and Globalization at CKGSB says, “We are thrilled to be one of the first schools to offer a program that reflects our commitment to fostering the next generation of visionary leaders who will not only be able to navigate the complexities of AI and data science, but also shape a future where innovation is synonymous with social purpose, global responsibility and sustainability. Our collaboration with Columbia Engineering means that we will be able to offer students a unique experience through the global resources and seasoned faculty presented by both schools.”

“Academic dialogue is essential to successfully navigate the rapidly evolving business landscape,” said Shih-Fu Chang, Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. “By fostering cross-border collaboration and exchange of ideas, we can create a deeper understanding of diverse markets and technological trends. This collective wisdom not only accelerates innovation but also equips business leaders with the agility to adapt to and partner on developing human-centric solutions for the new challenges we will face together in an increasingly interdependent world.”

Program participants will come out of the week with new perspectives and understanding of the road ahead, well-prepared to lead their organizations to not only achieve their goals but also shape the emerging global landscape with positive societal impacts.


About Columbia Engineering

Since 1864, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University has been a resource to the world for major advances in human progress. Today, Columbia Engineering is a global leader in engineering education, research, and impact. Located in the heart of New York City, the school convenes more than 250 faculty members and 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students to push the frontiers of knowledge and solve humanity’s most pressing problems.


About Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) is China’s first privately funded, research-intensive, and not-for-profit business school. The school aims to cultivate transformative business leaders with a global vision, sense of social responsibility, innovative mindset, and ability to lead with empathy and compassion. Today, CKGSB stands apart for its 46 full-time, world-class faculty, more than half of whom previously held tenure or senior professorships at top business schools. CKGSB’s alumni also represent the best and brightest in Greater China and the wider region. In fact, more than half of CKGSB’s 20,000 alumni are at the CEO or Chairman level and, collectively, they lead one-fifth of China’s 100 most valuable brands. CKGSB has so far nurtured 136 unicorn companies.

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