Future China Advanced Leaders Programme Commencement Ceremony 2015
The 24 participants of the 4th Future China Advanced Leaders Programme (FC-ALP) celebrated the completion of their three-month journey with a Commencement Ceremony on 22 May at Conrad Centennial Singapore. Gracing the dinner as Guest-of-Honour was Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister of National Development and Business China Board Adviser. Minister Khaw conferred graduation certificates to this year’s graduates, which comprised successful entrepreneurs, next generation business owners and C-suite executives from a diverse array of industry sectors.
Some 100 guests including Business China Board Director and Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of National Development Mr Lee Yi Shyan, witnessed the momentous occasion. In April, SMS Lee joined the participants for part of a week-long experiential learning journey to the central China cities of Wuhan and Changsha during the second segment of the 3-part course, to uncover co-development opportunities in these cities.
Minister Khaw in his opening address shared that, “China remains a robust global economy. Their emphasis is now on quality growth and long term sustainability. As they seek to move up the value chain, they are paying particular attention on technology and innovation. These are issues which Singapore has direct experience in, and in that regard, Singapore can play a role in. Our companies who have been involved in Singapore’s past economic restructuring efforts, I believe, could be of value to China.”
The highlight of the evening was the entertaining performance by the graduating class who had the audience in stitches with their humourous anecdotes and impersonations as they recapped their learning journey across 3 different cities.
Beginning of journey of connecting with China
Following 3 weeks of intensive lectures and extensive networking sessions spanning across 3 months, the FC-ALP graduates emerged better informed, connected and positioned to engage China.
Class representative for this year, Mr Chua Wee Thia, Senior Vice President of GIC Pte Ltd shared his thoughts on how the course has helped him to gain practical knowledge on China. “China, with its massive size, population and centuries of rich culture and history, is a land filled with endless possibilities. Yet understanding China’s interpersonal intricacies and learning how to manage its constant evolvement is a challenging task,” he said.
“FC-ALP provided me with a rich knowledge base to facilitate my understanding of China. The knowledge gained is concise, holistic and extremely practical in my quest to connect with China. One of my personal takeaways was the interaction sessions with local Chinese and Singapore leaders, which gave me first-hand insights into the business and financial environment of China, allowing me to tap on the wealth of information and experience from these leaders. I truly appreciate the opportunities this programme has given me, especially in the of forging lasting bonds and partnerships with my fellow participants.”
Into its fourth edition this year, the FC-ALP is jointly organised by Business China and Nanyang Business School. It is the only senior executive management course in Asia to comprehensively address the complex dynamics between social, political, economic and cultural factors that are fuelling China’s rapid rise.