[photopress:aspen_institute.jpg,full,alignleft]Professors from Tsinghua University, Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and Renmin University’s School of Business are to work with the Aspen Institute in the United States to develop courses on sustainable development.
There are three projects ivolved:creating an online database of course materials and ideas on teaching sustainability; developing an Executive MBA module; and organising a conference in 2007.
The website will include features of the Aspen Institute’s CasePlace.org. This offers hundreds of case studies and and suggests courses that have a green slant. However the new project will focus on Chinese topics and feature interactive tools to allow Chinese academics to communicate with each other online.
Judy Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, said, ‘For the private sector to help drive productive and sustainable development of the Chinese economy and society, business leaders will need a new array of skills. Chinese business schools are responsible for educating many of these leaders, but too many of them currently lack focus on business responsibility and opportunity around key social and environmental issues.’
Or, putting it more simply, green issues need to be part of the education system of future leaders of industry in China.
The Financial Times