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Discover China

The tour provides delegates with the opportunity to gain deeper insight into the world’s most successful businesses. It is a unique opportunity to experience business environments that are culturally, physically and institutionally different from those in Australia.

Participants will spend eleven days meeting with and gaining insights from ‘Chinese insiders’, including visits of organisations such as Alibaba, Adidas and Lenovo*. Participants will develop practical insights and a fresh perspective that they will be able to apply to their organisations or start-ups and to evaluate the opportunities for doing business in China. It will also provide valuable opportunities for professional development and lifelong learning.


*Activities may be added to, cancelled or substituted without notice

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Why choose CBS’ China Business Tour?

  • Learn from and engage with China’s fast moving innovation culture
  • Expand your knowledge of doing business in China
  • Get an introduction to the Chinese entrepreneurial landscape
  • Develop global business skills
  • Develop cross-cultural collaboration skills
  • Discover more about yourself, both personally and professionally
  • Experience the challenges and opportunities facing organisations in China
  • Extend your global awareness and enhance your international perspective as a manager
  • Gain valuable insight into the operations of global corporations in different counties
  • Build an international network and make life-long friends
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Beijing - Capital of China

Beijing is China’s political, economic, and cultural center. The world’s third most populous city, Beijing is still rooted in ancient history, even as the city reaches towards new heights, both metaphorically and physically. Zhongguancun, also known as China’s Sillicon Valley, sits to the north-west, and is the birthplace of numerous technology firms, such as Lenovo. Zhongguancun Technology Park also houses the Chinese headquarters and research centres of numerous world-renowned technology firms, including Google and Microsoft.

Shanghai skyline

Shanghai – Science and Technology Innovation Centre

As an international centre of economy, finance, trade and shipping, Shanghai is also at the forefront of promoting scientific and technological innovation. Implementing an innovation-driven development strategy and striving to build a science and technology innovation centre with global influence, the city has more than 300 national, municipal and county-level development zones, industrial parks and high-tech parks.

Hangzhou skyline

Hangzhou – Internet and Innovation City

Famous for its West Lake, Hangzhou hosted the 2016 G20 summit and is also the home of e-commerce giant Alibaba. In recent years, the city has rapidly mushroomed in such areas as the Internet of Things (IoT), life sciences and other high-tech companies. In spite of its already thriving economy and broader global economic downturn, Hangzhou not only counts itself among the “trillion-dollar GDP club”, but was also ranked first among China’s second-tier cities in GDP growth rate in the first half of 2016.

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Tour Details

1 – 11 May, 2019

Approximate $8,000*
This includes deposit, return flights, internal travel within China, accommodation, airport transfers, networking events, lectures, all education materials, pre and post-briefing sessions and a welcome meal.
This cost does not include travel visa, meals and other expenses participants may incur during the trip. Non-Curtin delegates will also have to arrange for their own travel insurance.
A non-refundable deposit of $3,950 is required by 21 March 2019 to secure your place.
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*Cost is subject to change based on airfares and accommodation fluctuations


The Curtin MBA / Exec Ed China Business Tour was outstanding. I attended the 2018 program, visiting Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. The tour included visits to WAGO in Shanghai and discussions with various business and trade centres in the different cities.  We were warmly received at Foxconn, Tencent (Mr John Lo – Curtin Alumni) and other Hi-tech entrepreneurial centres. We were entertained by robots that walked and talked – and others hard at work building Apple computers. The tour concluded with a visit to the Shenzhen Arbitration Commission. From this tour the team gained an understanding of the magnitude of potential offered by our trade relationships with China. It opened minds, started conversations and welcomed involvement.Export talks for my innovative agribusiness project commenced immediately on our return. This tour also cemented the friendships of a group of West Australians  “the China Group’ – forever networked. What a privilege – thank you all!

Cathie Bowen

You can read more about the experiences shared by participants of the 2018 tour here

Information for Current Students and Non-Curtin Students

The process for registering for this tour will depend on whether or not your are a current Curtin student - please ensure you read the instructions below prior to applying.

Current Curtin students

Taking part in this tour requires enrolling in the unit MGMT5017 International Business Study Tour in the semester 1 study period and involves pre and post-tour course work. This study tour is also suitable for online students and will be treated as a “one week intensive study in China”. The program cost is inclusive of everything listed in the Tour Details section above, unit fee and student travel insurance.

The deadline for enrolment and tuition fee payment is 21 March 2019.

Non-Curtin Students – SMEs, Entrepreneurs and Corporates

If you are currently not a Curtin MBA student and would like to join the tour, please submit an expression of interest below. You will benefit from this tour if you are a start-up, small to medium sized business (SMEs), or executive looking to understand and make connections in the Chinese market.

There are two streams to select from if you are a Non-Curtin Student:

Stream 1: Join the Curtin MBA stream at an approximate cost of $8000 as outlined above.

Stream 2: Join the CBS, powered by Global Pathways, stream where you will receive the additional value of the program outlined below. The customised workshop and bespoke mentoring program will enable you to identify in-market opportunities, scope relevant commercial and financial strategies and equip your leadership teams with the skills, language and tools required to translate these into tangible commercial outcomes.

This collaborative program has been specifically designed to enable participating entrepreneurs and businesses to:

  • Develop a structured path to business development in China;
  • Understand the legal, intellectual property and tax considerations in doing business in China;
  • Craft and finesse powerful and distinctive value propositions to showcase promote and market services/products;
  • Enable long term growth and sustainability as part of a trusted and collaborative network; and
  • Build strong and valuable business networks both locally and internationally.

The workshops are delivered by highly experienced industry experts in the lead up to travelling with the delegates to China. Delegates are supported throughout the program, including travel, with as much or as little assistance as they require. Our program coaches and mentors are senior members of multinational companies, investors, senior government officials, as well as technical and subject matter experts.

The total approximate cost of this stream is $14,500*. This includes deposit, return flights, internal travel within China, accommodation, airport transfers, pre-departure and in-country networking events, a welcome meal, and all materials for the workshop program delivered prior to travel (1-day per week over 3 weeks).

This cost does not include travel visa, meals and other expenses participants may incur during the trip. Non-Curtin delegates will also have to arrange for their own travel insurance.

A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 is required by 21 March to secure your place.
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*Cost is subject to change based on airfares and accommodation fluctuations.

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Scholarships Available for Curtin MBA Alumni and Curtin Ignition Alumni

There are two scholarships available to attend this program:

  • One partly funded scholarship to the value of $5,000 to be awarded to a Curtin MBA Alumnus
  • One partly funded scholarship to the value of $5,000 to be awarded to a Curtin Ignition Alumnus
  • Scholarship recipients will be responsible for the remaining payment (approximately $3,000) and for arranging and paying for their own visa and travel insurance.

    A panel of cross-discipline Curtin staff will determine the scholarship recipients. The Curtin panel’s decision will be final, with no correspondence entered into.

    Apply for a scholarship
    The deadline for scholarship applications is 14 March 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 18 March 2019.

Head of School of Management, Fuming Jiang

Find out more

We will be holding an information session on 28 February, from 5pm - 6:30pm to answer any questions that you might have. about the tour, scholarships, the schedule and outcomes.

This session will also feature a 30 minute education session on ‘What are the first things you need to know about doing business in China’, facilitated by Professor Fuming Jiang, from Curtin Business School.

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Express your interest

If would like more details about the tour, please complete the expression of interest form below. Alternatively, if you are ready to make payment, please proceed to the payments link.

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