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Smith School of Business and Peking University offer new dual-degree program

Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing, China, have announced a partnership that will see commerce students from Smith study in China and earn two undergraduate degrees: one from Queen’s University and the other from Peking University.

Peking-Smith Partnership
Officials and faculty members of Peking University and Smith School of Business at Queen's University celebrate the launch of a new partnership called the “Future Leaders” International Undergraduate Dual-Degree Program.

Starting in fall 2020, up to five Smith Commerce students each year will be selected to take part in Peking University’s “Future Leaders” International Undergraduate Dual-Degree Program.

The students will spend two years studying in the commerce program at Smith, then two years at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing. They will earn a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s and a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Peking University. Classes are taught in English.

“This partnership will give Smith students the opportunity to experience first-hand China’s fast-growing and dynamic economy,” says David Saunders, Dean of Smith School of Business. “We are proud to partner with Peking University in our mission to develop outstanding leaders with a global perspective.”

Through the partnership, Smith becomes a founding member of Peking University’s “Future Leaders” program, alongside 13 other top universities from around the world, including schools in Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Israel. Smith Commerce students will study with students from these countries while attending classes in China.

Peking University launched the “Future Leaders” program in order to develop global leaders equipped with an intimate understanding of China, and who can navigate inter-country exchanges created through China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

“The Belt and Road Initiative has injected new significance into globalization, and Peking University wants to give young people from around the world the opportunity to pursue their dreams while simultaneously making a contribution to the field of education,” says Peking University President Hao Ping.

Earning two degrees from two leading universities will give Smith students with international career aspirations an advantage in the marketplace. Students will have a unique opportunity to develop a broad global management perspective and experience truly cross-cultural learning, both from classmates and professors.

With 115 top international business school partners in 38 countries around the world, Smith provides students across academic programs with the opportunity to study abroad through international exchanges, dual-degree programs and global business projects.