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A Successful Partnership

It was almost a logical conclusion when, in 2010, Mannheim Business School and Tongji University's School of Economics and Management came together to create a program unprecedented in its structure and contents. After all, they have a lot in common: They are both among the most respected institutions of their kind in their countries, are regarded as outstanding in research and instruction and maintain extensive networks of corporate contacts. Moreover, thanks to its history, Tongji University has long maintained exceptionally close relationships to the German scientific and business communities.

Tongji University at a Glance

A Strong Partner

Tongji University in Shanghai is one of the most highly respected universities in China. Operated under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, the university receives targeted support from the Central Government. The predecessor of Tongji University was the “German Medical School for the Chinese in Shanghai,” which was founded by the German government in 1907 as the first major foreign cultural policy project. Its first president was the German physician Erich Paulun.

The 23 departments and colleges of Tongji University are currently home to some 55,000 students in 82 bachelor's, 209 master's and 78 doctoral programs. Tongji University currently employs approximately 4,200 academic staff, including 1,860 full and associate professors. Five professors are members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and seven are members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Tongji University became one of the first Chinese universities to offer programs in economics and management in 1956. The School of Economics & Management (SEM) was founded in 1984. Over 5,000 students are currently enrolled in the SEM. It has attained both EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

Please find further information on the School of Economics & Management (SEM) at Tongji University here.

Advisory Board

High-Level Support

The program enjoys the support of prominent business and political figures in both countries, which is one of the factors contributing to the success of the MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA. The Advisory Board regularly meets with the program directors and representatives of the participants to discuss and plan the ongoing development of the program.

  • Thorsten Amann, STAUFEN.AG (Senior Advisor)
  • Henri Catenos, Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. (Executive Vice President Finance and Administration, Member of the Board)
  • Xiaoqun Clever, Ringier (CTO & Member of the Group Executive Board)
  • Prof. Dr. Qi Dong, Chinese Embassy in Berlin (Minister Counselor for Education)
  • Saori Dubourg, BASF SE (President Nutrition & Health)
  • Bernd Euler, Siemens Ltd. China (Executive Vice President and CFO)
  • Klaus Hartig, Fuchs Petrolub AG (Fuchs Petrolub AG)
  • Dr. Stephan Kothrade, BASF SE (President Greater China and Functions Asia Pacific)
  • Prof. Dr. HUO Jiazhen, School of Economics & Management, Tongji University (Dean)
  • JIANG Mingsheng, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (Vice President)
  • Robert Kietaibl, Voith Paper Asia (Executive Vice President)
  • Dr. Peter Kurz, Mannheim Municipality (Mayor)
  • Dr. Peter Löffler, Robert Bosch GmbH (Executive Vice President, CFO Global Division Automotive Aftermarket)
  • Clas Neumann, SAP Labs China (Senior Vice President)
  • Prof. Dr. PEI Gang, Tongji University (President)
  • Andrea Riedmann, KPMG AG, (Partner Audit)
  • Dr. Michael Schaefer, BMW Foundation Robert Quandt (Chairman of the Board)
  • SHEN Jianhua, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (President)
  • CHENG Dong, Shanghai Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese (Vice Chairman)
  • Dr. WANG Huili, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG (Partner)
  • Dr. Marc Wucherer, Siemens Ltd. China (Executive Vice President)
  • WU Qidi, Chinese Ministry of Education, Tongji University (Former Vice Minister)
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Wüstemann, Mannheim Business School (President)
  • ZHAO Wen, Shanghai Municipality (Vice Mayor)


Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.