The opportunity to study the language of economics brought together 50 business executives and political leaders from Nigeria and 10 Africa-based Chinese managers from the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for a four-day Executive Education Programme titled “Economic Environment”. Taught by China Europe International Business School Professor of Economics Bala Ramasamy, this is the first of four fully-funded Executive Education Open Programmes that CEIBS will offer this year as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives in Africa. 

AVIC International’s Nigeria Representative Mr. GanLijun praised Prof. Ramasamy for the way in which he shared his rich knowledge of Chinese and other Asian economies. He also praised CEIBS for providing an international learning environment. “Another benefit of the programme is that our Chinese team studied together with the local team,” said Mr. Gan. “The diversity of the backgrounds, cultures, and views of the participants helped a lot. We were able to get to know each other, and the network we built with the African participants will be beneficial for our business in Africa.” 

His comments were echoed by Mr. Su Tiansu, AVIC International’s Kenya Representative. “This was my second time attending a course taught by Professor Ramasamy. Each time I acquire new knowledge,” he said. “I would like to thank CEIBS for organizing this programme, which I believe was beneficial to all the participants. Professor Ramasamy knows how to guide us to think, to ask questions and to find answers ourselves.” 

Nigerian participants were equally enthusiastic. "I have attended quite a number of executive seminars at top-rated business schools around the world but none was as impactful, engaging, educational and contemporary as the CEIBS seminar taught by Professor Bala Ramasamy," said Mr. George Zangir, President of the Nigerian-based company Value Seeds Limited.