MBA in China: China's Growth Story, Luxury fastest growing Market & Focus More on Innovation

MBA in ChinaThe People's Republic of China (PRC) is constituted by Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. The latter two are former British and Portuguese colonies respectively, and enjoy greater political, social and economic freedom, while remaining as part of China. The Chinese economy has been growing at an astonishing rate, registering an impressive 10% growth over the past 10 years. In 2007, the Chinese economy was valued at $3.4 trillion, surpassing Germany’s $3.3 trillion to become the world's 3rd largest economy. By 2009, China's GDP had almost doubled, rising to $5.9 trillion, pushing Japan's $5.5 trillion into 2nd place. Today, the world's most populous nation is home to the world's 2nd largest economy, touching $11.4 trillion in 2011, behind USA's $15.3 trillion. To put things into perspective, the GDP of Latin America is valued at below $6 trillion. According to estimates, by 2030, China is expected to overtake USA to become the world's largest economy. China is already the world’s largest creditor owning around 21% of all US Treasury securities outside USA.

China's spectacular growth is driven by exports. China is the world's #1 exporter in 2011, with exports valued at $1.9 trillion, almost $400 billion more than USA. It also has the world's largest labor force, comprising 795 million people, almost twice that of India's 488 million. Agriculture contributes around 10% of the GDP, while accounting contributes nearly 50% towards the workforce. Driven by exports, industry sector accounts for a massive 47%, while services account for just 43% of the GDP. The services sector share is well below that of developed countries, with Germany's at 71%, and USA’s at 80%. This goes to show just where the future growth of the Chinese economy lies, and displays the massive potential that the sector holds.

The interesting points to note are the subtle shift in orientation of the Chinese economy. The focus was once on manufacturing at low costs, even if it meant copying designs and ideas from other products, even to the extent of duplication. Today, innovation is high on the agenda, shifting the agenda from 'Made in China' to 'Innovated in China.' There are 8 companies in the Forbes' list of the world's most innovative companies. Companies like Baidu, Huwei, Wuliangye Yibin, Baosteel Group and Dong Feng motor lead in this regard. In fact, Chinese infrastructure companies are rated as the best in the world, particularly in construction and transport.

Another shift is from an export driven economy to one based on internal consumption. China is already the world's 2nd largest importer, taking in goods worth $1.7 billion. Rapidly rising wages and a higher standard of living are prime contributors to the expansion of the internal market. By 2020, China is expected to consume 19% of the world's luxury goods. What's more, by 2030 66% of the globe's middle class is expected to live in China.

China is not surprisingly the focus of the world's best companies, offering MBA students a vast array of opportunities. The expected growth in the services sector is one opportunity. China is the largest producer and consumer of agricultural products. In 2010, the Chinese contribution to global manufacturing was 19.8% that led China to become #1 in that sector. China is also the world's top choice for relocation of manufacturing facilities. China is the world's largest producer of steel and automobiles, while ranking as the top consumer for the latter and for PCs. It is the 2nd largest Internet user after USA. The tourism industry is China's fastest growing market and is expected to capture 8.6% of the world market to become #1 by 2020. MBAs in China can also look forward to a low cost of living, efficient infrastructure, nimble government machinery and vast travel, cultural and culinary opportunities.  

Here are out top 5 picks for the Best MBA in China


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is located in Hong Kong, and the MBA program has a strong China focus. The Doing Business in China course is part of the required curriculum, and will help managers tackle China's dynamic business environment, covering all aspects of successfully running businesses in China, today. The General Management in China career track offers electives that cover management, leadership, marketing, investment and finance in China. There is also a 2-week Mandarin course before the program begins.

Students study real-world cases based on China and gain from field trips that cover a gamut of companies in places like Beijing and Shanghai. The China Club gives MBA students a deep experience of Chinese culture and networking opportunities. The school also provides networking opportunities with Chinese business leaders, and has an extensive alumni network that dominates Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and the Pearl River Delta area.

While around 80% of the MBA intake of 2012 was comprised of students hailing from outside China and Hong Kong, the graduating class of 2011 had 88% finding employment in Asia. The average base salaries ranged from $76,125 to $109,936, for experiences ranging from 2 to 10+ years. The highest base salary was $182,051. The major hiring companies include 3M, Hua An, Accenture, Johnson and Johnson, JP Morgan, Louis Vuitton, Bank of China, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Cisco Systems (China), Citigroup, P&G, Deloitte Consulting, Shenzhen Capital Group, The Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, Google, and HSBC.


The China Europe International School has an MBA program that gives a deeper insight into the globe's most important market - Shanghai. It offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum with an intense China focus. Advanced international theories are taught along with its application in the dynamic Chinese market. The course is taught in English, and foreign students must attend a pre-course in Chinese. Students can also learn it throughout the duration of the MBA program for free. The required ‘China Within the World’ course stresses on the critical political, economic, trade, and cultural issues that determine business success in China. The 'China Discovery Week' is held every year, offering a lecture series that explores the latest issues regarding businesses in China. Other courses are China Management, and China HR.

The Integrated Strategy Project allows MBA teams of 4 to 6 to take up a consulting project at a top notch company in Shanghai, elsewhere in China or abroad.
A current issue of importance for the company is tackled with the help of a senior faculty member and a mentor from the organization. The school also offers access to 12,000 alumni - China's largest alumni network.

The class of 2012 had nearly 36% international students. 81.9% of the class found employment in Mainland China and 9.7% in Asia Pacific. The median salary was $68,000 and the highest was $179,200. Incidentally, foreign students earned more than their local counterparts. Top companies that hired include A.T. Kearney, Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company, Cargill, Coca-Cola, LMVH, PepsiCo, Shell, UBS, Citigroup, Bayer, Chrysler, Michelin, Amazon, Apple, Huawei, IBM, Dow Jones, Harvard Business Review and Walmart.

Read the Second Part of the Series - MBA in China: Top Industries, Average GMAT, Fee and Accreditations

2019 MBA Research Guide - Choose your MBA

"I attended three MBA Tours in US and Canada. I could just scratch the surface compared to what the guide has included. Thank you guys for the amazing book"

F1GMAT's Comprehensive MBA Research Guide will teach you how to select MBA programs through a bottom-up approach. 

Articulating your Post-MBA Goals and Career Path is the FIRST step. Which program will give you that hike in Salary, Switch in Career, Change in Location or Job Satisfaction?

We cover them all through our extensive analysis. 

Pages: 500

+ How to Choose the Best MBA Program: Factors to Consider
Define Post-MBA Goals
Pick your Path: Generalize or Specialize
Use Moral Algebra Method 
Use Multi-Attribute Utility Theory
Understand the Top 5 Risks
Measure MBA Career Service Team's Effectiveness
Use Bookending to Calculate MBA Admission Chance
Use Net Present Value to Calculate MBA Return on Investment
Don't Fall for the Mere Exposure Effect
Best Practices to find the truth in MBA Information Session or MBA Tour

Comprehensive MBA Research Guide:
Top MBA Programs by 19 Specializations:
+ General Management
+ Finance
+ Consulting
+ Marketing
+ Strategy
+ Operations Management
+ Supply Chain Management
+ Luxury Management
+ Information Systems
+ Hospitality Management
+ Accounting
+ Energy
+ Non-Profit
+ Wine
+ Sports
+ Sustainability
+ Leadership Development
+ Military &
+ International

+ Top MBA Program Ranking
Top 20 MBA Programs - Tuition Fee (2018)    
Top 31 MBA Programs in United States – Total Cost & Salary (2017)    

Top 60 MBA – GMAT and GPA (Average & Median)
Top 20 European MBA Programs - Tuition Fee, Total Cost & Salary    
Top 20 European MBA Programs (Based on Actual Salary Increase)    
Top 20 European MBA Programs (Short-term return on investment)    
Top 20 Affordable European MBA Programs    
Top 10 MBA in UK – Salary & Fee (2018)  
Top MBA Destinations Based on Happiness Index    
Top MBA Destinations based on Innovation Index    
Top 10 MBA Job Markets based on Cost of living and Purchasing Power    
Top MBA Destination: By Economy    

+Comparisons - Top MBA Programs
Wharton vs. Columbia MBA (2018)  
MIT vs. Stanford MBA   (2017)
Haas vs. Ross MBA    
Kellogg vs Ross MBA    
Booth vs Wharton MBA    
MIT Sloan vs Tuck MBA    
IIMA vs. ISB   

Harvard vs. Stanford MBA (2017)

+ MBA in France (2018)
Top Industries in France   
Top MBA Programs in France  

  Class Profile   
  Post-MBA Salary

Scholarships in France
External Funding 

+ MBA in the UK (2018)
Top Industries in the UK   
Top MBA Programs in the UK

  Class Profile   
  Post-MBA Salary

Scholarships in the UK
External Funding 

New Visa Rules: Post-Brexit

Download F1GMAT's MBA Research Guide (2019)

Navigate F1GMAT

F1GMAT Services (MBA Applicants) 

F1GMAT's Books

MBA Salary(Latest Salary Data)
MBA Admission Interview Tips



MBA Application Essays

MBA Recommendation Letter

GMAT Tutorials

GMAT Question Bank

Top MBA Programs

Get F1GMAT's Newsletters (Best in the Industry)
Included in the Newsletter:

  • Ranking Analysis
  • Post-MBA Salary Trends
  • Post-MBA Job Function & Industry Analysis
  • Post-MBA City Review
  • MBA Application Essay Tips
  • School Specific Essay Tips
  • GMAT Preparation Tips
  • MBA Admission Interview Tips
  • School Specific Interview Tips
  • Funding Guidance and
  • Special Consultation Service (only for Subscribers)

Subscribe to F1GMAT's Newsletter