In the past 30 years, China has opened its doors to become a strategic player in global economics and politics. China is now significant for the E.U., the U.S. and Africa, as well as its Asian neighbors.
At its center is Beijing, one of the world's great, ancient capitals, which has undergone a modern transformation amid China's rapid economic growth and the city's makeover for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The city is host to more than 150 embassies, as well as the Chinese government and central party that direct China's provinces and cities.
Webster University was the first U.S. university recognized by the Ministry of Education to offer the MBA in China. In Beijing, Webster partners with Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), which was founded in 1962 as an institution for both foreign and Chinese-born students. It has trained hundreds of thousands of students from more than 160 countries in Chinese language and culture.
Home to 13 million people, Beijing has plenty of attractions outside the classroom – both ancient and modern. Everywhere you turn, more businesses have established footholds in Beijing because of the government's essential role in investment and commerce. It's a very livable city with efficient mass transit and a lively, cosmopolitan nightlife.
Professor Xiao is an expert in political science and analysis, and offers Global MA students insights into China's government as well as communist party. An associate professor and director of the postgraduate student department at China Foreign Affars University (CFAU), his is a recipient of the CFAU teaching prize. Xiao is the author of Contemporary Wester Political Science. He is also a former Fulbright Professional Associate who studied at the University of Virginia.
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