• Sep 28, 2016 Annual Faculty Retreat held July 2016
    SAIF Annual Faculty Retreat 2016 was held in Shanghai on July 18th and 19th. Full-time professors, special-term professors, management team and representatives from relevant departments attended the two-day retreat. Presentations given by deans and program heads focused on the School’s achievements in institution building and AACSB Accreditation, and programs’ progress in admission and teaching respectively. Participants had discussions on a broad range of topics in teaching, learning and research, including international collaboration, teaching innovation, China related research, faculty development, etc. The goals for the faculty retreat are to build a shared picture of the School’s strategic directions and challenges, to share innovative ideas and suggestions to enhance teaching and learning, to develop collaboration across departments, and to strengthen ties among full-time professors and special-term professors.
  • Oct 19, 2015 Notre Dame MBA Student @ SAIF-2012
    Editor's Note: Brendan Kelly, a 2nd year MBA student at Notre Dame, has become a pioneer in the school's relationship with SAIF. Brendan shared his experience of studying and life in Shanghai through a blog post.Two QuestionsTwo months ago, my fiancée and I arrived in Shanghai with four suitcases, a couple of guidebooks, and maybe a dozen useful phrases in Mandarin. We had no place to live, no working Chinese cell phone, and only a rudimentary understanding of the layout of the city. Our friends back home were split into two camps, defined by two very different questions, “Why are you moving to China?” versus “When can we come visit?” The answer to the second question was easy: as soon as we sign a lease. The first question is more profound and requires further introspection, but our instinctive response was “Because we can.”The OpportunityIn March of 2012, Notre Dame announced a new partnership with the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The new partnership opened up an exchange program where Notre Dame MBA students would have the opportunity to take classes at SAIF and live in Shanghai from August to January. My fiancée and I talked about the program, what implications it could have on our futures, and ultimately decided that the opportunity to live and study in a city as dynamic as Shanghai was too good to pass up. When we eventually received word that I was accepted into the program we were elated but anxious. We love Notre Dame and cherish the Mendoza community that first led me to believe that Notre Dame was the right place to further my business acumen. We would be loath to leave our friends and family more than 7,000 miles away. However, the more we considered the opportunity, we realized that spending six months in Shanghai was more than just a chance to study abroad, it was the best way to follow one of my favorite dictum’s from Mark Twain, to “never let my schooling interfere with my education.”The ProgramSAIF's MBA program focuses almost exclusively on finance so my seven elective courses run the gamut from Private Equity in Practice to Corporate Governance in China. While I often miss my classmates and professors from Notre Dame, my new colleagues at SAIF have all proven friendly, intellectually curious, and thoughtful. The bulk of my classmates are Chinese Part-Time MBA students. The insight that they provide to our classes after working full-time in many of China’s leading financial companies has been invaluable to my education. My fellow foreign exchange students, a mix of Danish, German, Canadian, Thai, Icelandic, and British graduate students have further emphasized the international make-up of Shanghai and have been a great support system as we navigate the waters of Shanghai together.The ExperienceDuring our first few days, we were truly overwhelmed by the size and pace of Shanghai. Skyscrapers dominate the business districts on either side of the Huangpu River and towering apartment buildings are as numerous as neighborhood noodle shops. The noise on the street is an endless cacophony of shouted conversations, continuous construction work, and thousands upon thousands of bleating car and motorized-bike horns. However as we spent more time here, became more acquainted with the labyrinthine streets, and delved into the rich cultural milieu of our new city we have grown to love it here. We have both been taking Mandarin classes and have learned enough that we can have brief conversations with friends, order off of almost any menu, and even read a few dozen Chinese characters.While we occasionally miss some of the comforts of America, Shanghai is beginning to feel like home. And thanks to the Notre Dame Club of Shanghai, we have even been able to catch most of the Notre Dame Football games. It has made the world feel very small and interconnected to cheer on the Fighting Irish knowing that our friends and family are doing the same thing half a world away. Perhaps that’s been the most immediate lesson of my education so far: the world is staggeringly large, but the networks we create and the communities we become involved can help connect us, even 7,000 miles away.
  • Oct 14, 2015 Industrial Mentor Plan
    SAIF MF program is always devoted to establishing the strategic cooperation relation with the financial industry and providing more high-quality industrial resources for students accordingly, allowing them to closely keep pace with the demand and development of the industry either in classroom learning, skills training or personal career development. The cooperation of SAIF with the industry not only rests on school and each teaching projectlevel, but also covers every student deeply. To help every student develop better and broadenstudents’ industrial vision, SAIF recruits nearly 100 senior administrative personnel with richindustrial experience and successful experience from the famous enterprises and institutes infinancial industry as the industrial mentors of the students. Each industrial mentor only coach oneto two students on average. SAIF organizes the exchange meeting for industrial mentors and students. However, the communicationefficiency and contact degree between mentors and students more depend on the students’sociability. These industrial mentors will not only become the students’ good teachers in careerdevelopment, but also may become good friends of students in life, which is a great help to thefuture development of SAIF MF students.
  • Oct 14, 2015 China Academy of Finance Research (CAFR)
    China Academy of Financial Research (CAFR) is the open research platform and high-end think tank with international level founded relying on Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF). CAFR in SAIF is to help all sectors of society solve major financial problems and challenges by applying modern financial economic theory and practice experience and provide the innovative thoughts, programs, products and technologies meeting the needs of market and policy to the construction and development of China’s modern financial market.SAIF CAFR has an international first-rate research team composed of more than 50 famous financial scholars, senior government officers and officials of financing institutions home and abroad in total at present. This team not only has the global vision and has a good knowledge of the financial theory and practice, but also deeply understands Chinese market. In the just two years since SAIF CAFR was founded, it has obtained rich achievements: publishing more than 20 articles in international top magazines; completing 14 researches on major financial problems involved with the international, national and regional level; “Chinese Summer Institute of Finance” founded by it has become the most influential academic communication platform for finance in China; “Shanghai Finance Forum” organized by it has become the high-end communication platform for Shanghai to construct the international financial center.SAIF CAFR attaches great importance to the long-term cooperation with all sectors of society. At present, the financial institutes we have established the cooperation relations with include: Shanghai headquarter of People's Bank of China, Wind Information, Shanghai Municipal Development & Reform Commission, Financial Service Office of Shanghai City, and Shanghai Financial Association. In the future, CAFR will carry out the wide and deep cooperation with all sectors of society continuously.
  • Oct 14, 2015 Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)
    Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) founded in 2013 is a high-end advisory board to gather the industrial excellent entrepreneurs’ idea bank and give advice and suggestions to the long-term development of MF program. Each adviser of IAB is the leader in financial industry. They have very rich industry experience and leadership recognized in the industry. They all have great impact on their respective field of financial industry.Moreover, they are also devoted to the education cause, making contribution to the future of financial industry in China through becoming the industrial adviser of SAIF MF program. The course setting of SAIF MF program is developed by the senior professors of IAB and SAIF together, to ensure the knowledge we teach to students is closed connected to the need of industrial development. We invite members of IAB to the MF classroom to ask them to comment on our teaching, and invite them to communicate with students face to face, helping MF students better understand financial industry.The IAB members are:Mr. Jeffrey Chen, General Manager and a board member of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.Mr. Xiaosheng Chen, Chief Strategy Officer, GM of Institutional Client Division of SWS Co. LTDMr. Hiroki Miyazato, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Haitong Securities., LTDMr. Andrew Kuo, Senior Advisor of Blackstone Private EquityMr. Xinjun Liang, Vice Chairman and CEO of Fosun GroupMr. Xinyi Liu, Executive vice president and CFO of Shanghai Pudong Development BankMr. Victor Yan, Managing Director, Head of Market Risk and Basel Director China, Standard Chartered BankMr. Lijun Lin, President of China Universal Asset Management
  • Oct 14, 2015 CFA Program Partner
    CFA Institute, an organization whose members are global investment professionals, is responsible for holding the examination “Chartered Financial Analyst” and “Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement” around the world, and publishes research result, carry out career development project and formulate the voluntary report standard for profession and investment performance based on ethics. CFA institute has about more than 100,000 members in 133 countries and regions as well as 136 member associations in 57 countries and regions.CFA courses and examinations held by CFA institute is considered as the strictest examinations in global investment profession, formulating the global standard in investment knowledge, professional standard and code of ethics. CFA certificate holders can show their customers, employers and colleagues that they have studied a set of rigorous professional courses with the knowledge covering wide investment field, and commit to abide by the highest code of professional ethics. Thus, CFA is considered as the “Golden Standard” in the investment industry. The investors also hope to find those professionals with CFA certificates, for this qualification is considered as the commitment with professional skills in the field of investment.As a CFA program partner, the curricula of SAIF MF is highly recognized by CFA. CFA institute provides several scholarships and other assistance in study to SAIF MF every year. CFA China also keeps good cooperation with SAIF MF program and we have held several large competitions across the whole country together.
  • Sep 23, 2015 Reinforcing Research with a Focus on the Chinese Financial Markets
    Ph.D. Finance, University of California, Berkeley, 1999 Ph.D. Applied Physics, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 1991 M.S. Physics, Michigan State University, 1988 B.S. Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 1985
  • Sep 23, 2015 Contributing to the Success in Overseas Mergers and Acquisitions by Chinese Ente ...
    Ph.D. Finance, University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business in 2008 M.S. Mechanical Engineering Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2003 B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tongji University, China in 1998
  • Sep 22, 2015 Being a Leader in Chinese Financial Research and Contributing to the Economic Gr ...
    Ph.D. Economics, University of Toronto, Canada, 1992 M.A.. Economics, University of Toronto, Canada, 1988 M.S. Operations Research, Chinese Academic of Sciences, 1982 B.S. Computer Science, Capital University of Economics and Business, 1982
  • Sep 14, 2015 How to Make a Profound Impression to the Employers in Interview?
    Title:How to Make a Profound Impression to the Employers in Interview?Time:Thu, 2014-09-11 07:31 - 07:31On April 10, 2014, the lecture on job hunting was carried out at the classroom of SAIF MF program, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Concerning various problems the students meet in the interview for job hunting, Norman, the employment lecturer, shared with students about successful and efficient interview experience and skills through explanation and examples.Norman Yan, the lecturer, has worked in the financial industry in China, Asia and North America for over twenty years and had remarkable accomplishments. Now, he serves as the global CEO and director of Xinhua Index in FTSE (Financial Times and London Stock Exchange).Norman provided the employment guidance to the students from the following aspects:What kind of people does the employer want? Norman summarized the general thought of employers from his own interview experience: “Employers want to know how you think.”In the interview, employers will ask various strange questions. Tesla Motors once asked such a question: “You are on a raft which is in a tank filled with water. Will the water level in the tank rise or decline when you anchor out of the raft?” Do not just answer rise or decline. Actually, there is no standard answer for such question. The rising and declining of water level depends on many factors. For example, is the anchor in or outside the tank? Will the raft flow on the water surface or sink underwater? All these will affect the final results. In fact, employers don’t need you to give an answer like the teaching book.What they expect is the creative thought you have showed in such process and your personality traits.Therefore, to make a profound impression to the employer in the interview, you shall think what he wants, and what aspects he wants to know from you in his view at first. In this way, you can half the work with double results.For finding a job, you can win only after knowing yourself and your opponent. Therefore, of course knowing the employer is important, and knowing yourself is also necessary. Each one should have a clear understanding about himself. Such understanding is reflected in three aspects:ability, enthusiasm and your value to the employer.First of all, starting from the view of ability, you should have the needed hard power suitable to the industry of the employer, including the professional skills and special occupational skills. Hard skills are the threshold of ability. Meanwhile, you should also have your own soft power which includes richer content and is a necessary skill for getting along with people, such as communication ability. The active and effective communications are considered as the key to win the employer’s trust. At last, an important factor of judgment ability is acknowledgement and judgment. To make the most reasonable decision and judgment when many factors are not assured is also just the quintessence of case analysis for anchoring result of Tesla Motors.On the basis that knowing your own ability, you shall know your inner heart. What’s your interest and enthusiasm? Only a job bringing you joy and income may be permanent and grants you with better development opportunity. So, the best way to ask your inner heart is “supposed you were given with one million yuan, what would you do”. The answer is in your heart. After you know your ability and interest, you shall think what value you can create for others, think what you can use your own advantages to do for others and how to overcome your own shortcomings to prove your own value and practice your own value. All in all, the other side of success is sufficient preparation and timely opportunity, and opportunities usually are left to the ones with preparation.After the lecture is finished, the students still asked questions actively and conducted the deep exchange with the lecturer concerning the problems which may be met in many job hunting cases, and Norman also made the explanation patiently. The students all felt they could not only learn the professional knowledge of finance, but also improve the soft skills at the classroom of SAIF MF. All these make people enjoy the lifetime benefits.