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WMG in China

What is WMG’s relationship with China?

Our Chairman and Founder, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, has maintained a close personal relationship with China for over thirty-five years. Through his regular visits to China, delivering keynote lectures and developing strategic partnerships, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has had many discussions with state and city leaders including Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong; Vice-Premier Ma-Kai; President of the China-EU Association, Mr Chen Haosu; Minister of Education, Mr Yan Guiren; and Vice Mayor of Beijing, Mr Gou Zhongwen. These have enabled us to fully understand the needs of Chinese industry and the evolving landscape in China.

Working with organisations such as the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), we have delivered education programmes to managers from most of the major industries and institutions across China. This includes companies in the automotive industry, aviation, aerospace, banking, construction, defence, oil and gas, and, transport, in addition to the provincial governments.

Our award-winning Integrated Graduate Development Scheme, launched in Hong Kong in 1990, was the first time that an education programme had been run in full partnership with industry in Hong Kong.

We continue to offer postgraduate qualifications through Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council, and have expanded across mainland China, including Beijing City University, training over 2,000 professionals from over 650 companies, ranging from intensive training to Master’s degrees.

Mr Xu Bingjin, President of the China-Europe Association for Technical and Economic Cooperation, says:

“Professor Lord Bhattacharyya trained a large number of excellent talents for Chinese industries in the automobile, aviation, aerospace, transportation and national defence sectors, and has made outstanding contributions to the development for the cause of Sino-British friendship.”

Made in China 2025

China’s State Council unveiled its new national plan in 2015, with a strong focus on manufacturing. ‘Made in China 2025’ is the first of a series of action plans design to transform China from a manufacturing giant into a manufacturing world power by 2049, the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

What role can we play?

Our strengths and expertise align closely with the main priorities of the State Council’s plan and we are keen to work with Chinese partners to:

  • Improve manufacturing innovation
  • Integrate information technology and industry
  • Strengthen the industrial base
  • Foster Chinese brands
  • Improve green/sustainable manufacturing
  • Promote breakthroughs in key sectors
  • Advance the restructuring of the manufacturing sector
  • Promote service-oriented manufacturing and related service industries
  • Internationalise Chinese manufacturing

We have consistently been able to make an impact across a wide variety of manufacturing sectors around the world, which demonstrates not only our credibility, but our suitability to be a part of the Made in China 2025 plan.

We are also able to provide intensive training to improve competitiveness and develop next generation business strategies. We can assist companies and other organisations in improving skills and innovation, particularly in the areas of:

  • Brand strategy
  • Sales and service systems
  • International trade and acquisition
  • IPR protection
  • Entrepreneurship

Education programmes in China

A key strength of our education programmes is the fact that they are centred on industrial and business relevance, and underpinned by our leading research expertise.

SAFEA programmes

We enjoy a close working relationship with the Chinese government body responsible for all overseas training; the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). Some 1,500 senior managers have now benefited from the SAFEA courses and those that have developed from them.

These courses have been of benefit to a wide range of organisations including the China Development Bank, China National Petroleum Corporation, Great Wall Asset Management Corporation, SINOPEC, China North Industries Corporation, Sinotrans, Dong Feng Corporation and BAIC.

Intensive training

We design and deliver intensive short programmes for the senior managers of major organisations in China, and have being doing so successfully for over 10 years. These include the China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), China Aerospace Talent Development and Exchange Centre (CA-TDEC), China Development Bank, and SAIC.

We also work with major institutions such as the Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (BJAST), Beijing Vocational College of Labour and Social Security (BVC), Liaoning University, Zhejiang Supply Chain Association, and Zhejiang Province Economic Information Commission (ZPEIC).

These intensive courses are tailored for each organisation, and comply with Chinese Government regulations for overseas training. A typical course would consist of an intensive three-week period of taught modules relevant to your business, plus industrial visits to world class organisations with whom we have strong partnerships.

We can incorporate subjects such as:

  • Project management
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Management of teams, and performance improvement
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing awareness
  • Operations management
  • Management of change
  • Cultural issues in business
  • Leadership
  • Supply chain management
  • Collaboration and partnerships

All of these modules would be tailored to individual company needs. Technically oriented modules are also available.

Postgraduate qualifications

Approved by the Chinese Ministry for Education, the following programmes are delivered in China by visiting WMG tutors from the UK.

Beijing City University
  • MSc or Postgraduate Award in Programme and Project Management

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • MSc in Engineering Business Management
  • MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Postgraduate Award in e-Business Management
  • Postgraduate Award in Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Hong Kong Vocational Training Council
  • MSc or Postgraduate Award in Programme and Project Management

  • MSc or Postgraduate Award in International Technology Management


Vice Premier Ma Kai

Full-Time MSc Students

International Education Centres

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WMG in China(PDF Document)

华威制造工程学院中国项目 (PDF Document)

Key Contacts:

Principal Fellow and Head of China Programmes

Director of Internal and External Relations

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