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Prospective MBA Students Praise SAIF Autumn Camp

The October 5th Autumn Camp, hosted by SAIF, was widely praised by prospective full-time MBA students. This camp aimed to give students a chance to fully understand SAIF’s MBA program and experience this fantastic city.  The event attracted 50 participants with a wealth of qualifications and experience.


Short Profile of the Autumn Camp Members
Camp members originated from places as diverse as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, etc., and worked for such renowned employers as PWC, KPMG, Earnst&Young, IBM, Intel, Nokia, China Construction Bank, China Merchants Bank, etc.

20% of these held a master’s degree or higher. A number of these graduated from China’s top universities like Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, etc.  30% of these held impressive GMAT (average 697) and GRE scores. 

During the three days of camp, all were deeply impressed by SAIF’s unique academic atmosphere, highly professional staff and close links with the financial industry.


October 5th
First Day

Doctor Pan Jie (Associate Director of SAIF), Doctor Du Qianqian (Assistant Professor of SAIF), and other SAIF staff attended the opening ceremony for the Autumn Camp. Pan Jie explained the “predestine” that so many people have chosen Shanghai, also financial career, and SAIF in the end. He delivered the best wishes to all participants and hoped that everyone enjoyed this wonderful gathering, and gained happiness.

Xu Guodong (Assistant Head of MBA Program) then explained the background of SAIF and its MBA program, which had been a particular interest to the Autumn Camp members. Later the current MBA students had broad interaction with them to share their experiences of studying at SAIF and talked about its benefits to their future career.  


Following the opening ceremony, Professor Lian Ping (Chief Economist, Bank of Communications) delivered an in-depths speech “Exploration of China’s nowadays financial hot-spots and the currency policy”.


In the evening, Autumn Camp members cruised the Huangpu River (Shanghai’s equivalent to Seine in Paris) and enjoyed the picturesque riverside scenery.  


October 6th
Second Day
In the morning, Liu Zhengyu (Training Manager, Haitong Futures) gave the speech “Trading and Life”. He outlined the obligatory qualities of people working in the financial industry, and the secrets of being a successful financial trader.


After lunch, Zhang Zhen (an instructor of outward development) organized teambuilding activities for the Camp members. In the teambuilding games, members showed strong teamwork spirit by successfully finishing a miraculous task: sorting 30 puzzled cards in 1 minute. Mr. Zhang concluded that out of over 1000 teams he had worked with, there had been only 7 winners.   This was quite an inspiration to the camp members.


This day ended with a tutorial lecture for China’s nationwide MBA entrance exam.


October 7th
Third Day

On the morning of October 7th, the Camp members visited “Oracle Bay” at Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone (Shanghai’s equivalent to Wall street in New York). Oracle Bay is a human capital project aiming at promoting the fostering of financial talents. One of its functions is providing up to six months accommodation and living allowance for participants.  This initiative is jointly run with financial bodies and universities. 

Nan Jun (Vice-manager of Talents Development at Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone) said, SAIF and “Oracle Bay” shared the same goal of promoting Shanghai’s financial environment in the aspect of human resource. There was great potential for collaboration, e.g. providing the talents with supporting facilities, internship opportunities, etc.

The Autumn Camp was successfully concluded after Lujiazui tour. The participants said it was a memorable experience in their entire life, and they all looked forward to meeting each other again at SAIF next year.

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