Professor Edward Snyder, Dean of Yale School of management.
Edward Snyder, dean of Yale School of Management © Rosie Hallam

Yale School of Management is to spearhead the university’s push into China with a leadership centre in the country’s capital. The Yale Leadership Centre in Beijing will host programmes from schools across the university and will open in October.

Yale SOM dean Edward Snyder said the centre is meaningful given the importance of China and the US to the global economy, “but also given their central roles in all major issues facing business and society.”

Since joining Yale from Chicago Booth in 2011, Prof Snyder has focused on extending the business school’s global footprint through a network of partnerships with business schools around the world, including several in Asia. The Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM), as it is called, includes Renmin University School of Business in Beijing, Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The new centre will complement the work of the GNAM, says Prof Snyder. “This resource in Beijing will advance our objective to be the most global US business school, with extended lines of sight into all sectors and regions.”

Neil Shen, founding managing partner of Sequoia Capital China, is one of three donors who have given funding for the leadership centre. “We want this centre to . . . cultivate academic and cultural exchanges across a broad range of subjects between China and the United States,” said Mr Shen. “This can have widespread benefits for the future of China and, we feel, for Yale as well.”

The centre will provide offices for Yale professors who are visiting China as well as workspace for the school of management’s MBA, Masters and doctoral students. The centre will be inaugurated in October with a conference on business and society.

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