Timeline and Milestones

Eighteen years ago, City University of Seattle began providing the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program to Beijing-based students.

MBA Class of 2013 The first cohort group was launched in December 1996. Two years later, the program was granted approval by the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council.

In the past 18 years, the program has experienced success and growth. CityU of Seattle started with a group of 30 students and now has more than 1,900 alumni throughout China.

In 2001, CityU offered a corporate MBA program for Schneider Electrics, China. The following year, CityU signed an agreement with the Boeing Company to offer the MBA program to the aviation community in China. By the end of 2009, CityU graduated 305 students from the Boeing-sponsored MBA program.

In addition to the CityU China MBA program, CityU has partnered with several other Chinese universities to offer student exchange programs. CityU is proud of the university’s ability to bring American education and a highly sought-after American degree to Chinese students. CityU plans to continue to offer and deliver best-in-class, innovative programs so CityU may contribute to the country’s economic development and managerial modernization. Please see below for a complete timeline of CityU’s success and growth in China.

  • 1996: Launched the first joint venture MBA program
  • 1998: Received accreditation from the Office of Academic Degrees Committee of State Council in China
  • 2001: Launched corporate MBA program for the managers of Schneider Electric of China in Beijing and Shanghai; 40 students graduated from this program
  • 2001: Chinese Ministry of Education awards a positive evaluation for CityU’s joint MBA program
  • 2003: Launched the Boeing-sponsored MBA program for the Chinese aviation community and the National Development and Reform Commission
  • 2004: Ranked top 10 most influential joint MBA program provider in China by the World Manager Weekly
  • 2005: Established the CityU China Alumni Association in Beijing
  • 2006: Hosted the CityU China Program 10-year anniversary in Beijing
  • 2008: Established a new partnership to offer the joint MBA program with University of International Business and Economics in Beijing
  • 2009: Established new partnerships to offer student exchange programs:
    • Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering
    • Shenzhen Polytechnic
  • 2010: Ministry of Education of China provides approval for MBA program with University of International Business and Economics in Beijing
  • 2013: Launched the AMECO-sponsored MBA program for senior managers at AMECO Company
  • 2014: The story continues...