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Haas MFE goes to China

– The University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business has signed a five-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Nankai University in China to deliver graduate level finance courses to executive MBA students in the country's burgeoning financial center of Shenzhen, starting in September.

The Haas School is one of the few business schools to offer a master's program in financial engineering and its Master's in Financial Engineering (MFE) program was ranked "No. 1" in the world by Global Derivatives, a Web site dedicated to financial engineering news and information. Nankai University is one of the top 10 universities in China and was ranked third among business schools in China, according to China's Ministry of Education. The city of Shenzhen is co-sponsoring this joint program.

While several partnerships between Chinese universities and top United States business schools already exist, this is believed to be among the largest to date.

Nankai University's main campus is located in Tianjin, near Beijing, but the Haas courses will be taught at Nankai's new campus in Shenzhen, a commercial city in the south of China, near Hong Kong. Shenzhen is the fast-growing finance and entrepreneurship center of China and houses one of the country's two main stock exchanges. The Shenzhen exchange plans to provide initial public offerings for small technology firms in the coming months.

"For decades, UC Berkeley has welcomed Chinese students to its campus; now we are pleased to have Berkeley faculty teaching business courses in China," said Paul T. Stames, assistant dean for executive learning at the Haas School's Center for Executive Development (CED).

The center will deliver five courses, each consisting of 30 teacher-student contact hours, per year for the next five years. The five courses will count toward Nankai University's executive MBA degree.

The finance courses will focus on financial engineering and are based on five courses from the Haas MFE program. The courses feature derivatives: economic concepts, financial risk management, fixed income markets, asset-backed markets and dynamic asset management.

The Haas School plans to offer similar courses at additional Chinese locations in the future.