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Future of Globalization: Cross-Cultural Engagement

To coincide with the fifth anniversary of the Global Network for Advanced Management in April 2017, Global Network Perspectives asked faculty across the 29 schools in the network: "What do you think the future of globalization looks like? How will this affect the economy in your country or region? How is your school preparing students for this world?" Read all of the responses. Also, in a session at the anniversary symposium, a panel of experts—including former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry—led a discussion of the future of globalization and its implications for business and management education. Watch the video.

It is clear to see that globalization remains an irresistible trend. With advanced technology and improved living conditions, intercommunication among nations is getting more frequent, which facilitates cross-cultural engagement, providing people a real insight into other parts of the world. Following that, the growth in global trade volumes shows great possibility. China is one of the main beneficiaries of globalization. Given this, I believe that China is going to further promote the globalization process, and to undertake more international obligations. 

As an important gateway to China’s opening-up, Shanghai is also a welcoming and inclusive city, a hub for diverse cultures. Located in Shanghai, Fudan University is proud to have students with in-depth international perspectives and global capacity. The past 30 years have witnessed profound development in the school’s internationalization. The school has brought in advanced managerial thinking through its international collaborative programs. It helps students in China with their capacity for global management, while introducing Chinese business experience and innovation to the world. 

By both “bringing in” and “going global,” Fudan has invited entrepreneurs, scholars, and young professionals to communicate with our students—and sent our students abroad via different international collaborative degree programs, student exchanges, and internship activities—to learn about business practice in a cross-cultural context. The school has also established extensive links to international organizations, offering a variety of international opportunities for students to adapt themselves to culturally diverse communication and coordination.