Launched in 2017, the Program in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership (PIEGL) is a two-year English-taught program recruiting international students from universities worldwide. The program is academically rigorous whilst incorporating strong practical elements through enriched student learning and experiential education. The program places great emphasis on global leadership by integrating the essence of innovation management and entrepreneurship. With the aim of nurturing future business leaders, the program enables you to obtain a deep understanding of the emerging markets and equips you with necessary skills to work in multicultural environment.
Focusing on the leadership skills needed to successfully manage global business, the program is based around an action learning model in which you will get access to business consulting projects from excellent corporate partners.
The program offers you great opportunities to dialogue with the most influential entrepreneurs and executives from Chinese companies, such as Alibaba, Netease and Vanke.
The program is delivered by SOM professors, visiting scholars and adjunct professors who are internationally recognized as leading experts in their fields. Living in Hangzhou, the most innovative and entrepreneurial city in China enables you to open their mind and broaden their vision.
The program facilitates peer-to-peer learning for excellent students with different professional goals, backgrounds and cultures.
The program places great emphasis on global leadership development by integrating the essence of innovation management and entrepreneurship. Through the two years, you will study, live and work with peers from all over the world. You will immerse yourself into cultural experience as well as academic studies. A mixture of case studies, lectures, action learning projects, company visits and cultural events ensure a rigorous and complete learning experience. The program consists of seven parts.
This part provides you with an in-depth understanding of the key challenges and opportunities in the global market.
|Globalization and emerging markets||(1 credit)|
|International business||(2 credits)|
|E-business and Chinas experience||(1 credit)|
|Social entrepreneurship||(1 credit)|
This part develops the advanced knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage organizations in the global context.
|Global strategy and innovation||(2 credits)|
|Leadership and organizational management||(2 credits)|
|Technology leadership and intellectual property||(1 credit)|
This part equips you with an entrepreneurial mindset and skills necessary for a global career.
|Family business in emerging markets||(2 credits)|
|Design thinking||(2 credits)|
|Doing business in emerging markets||(2 credits)|
|Marketing in China||(1 credit)|
|Overview of China||(3 credits)|
|Chinese Language||(2 credits)|
|Management Research Methods||(2 credits)|
You will be assigned to different consulting project teams. Together with faculty and company executives, you will have opportunities to provide business consulting services for selected corporate partners.
You are required to attend at least 6 research or practice seminars.
You are required to write a master thesis under the supervision of ZJU-SOM professors.
- International students (non-Chinese citizens)
- In a good health
- A bachelor’s degree or higher
- Under the age of 40 (exemptions may apply)- TOEFL 90 or IELTS 6.5 (except for English native speakers)
March 10th, 2021
Please make sure all the mailed application documents arrive before the deadline.
2. A photocopy of passport biographic page.
Brief study and work experience
Reasons for application and expectation of the program
Master thesis research proposal/plan
Additional materials (i.e. evidence of awards, social activities or published academic papers, dissertations, …)
Once paper-application documents are received, Admissions Committee will shortlist the candidates for the interview. Overseas candidates will be interviewed via Skype.Interview invitation will be sent to the email provided in the application form.
Decisions of admission will be made following a competitive selection according to the students’ academic performance, study plan and interview performance.
1. Admission Results:If you are admitted to PIEGL, you will receive a pre-admission letter in June, 2020. The admission notice from Zhejiang University will be sent out before the end of July, 2020.
2. Master’s degree programs start in Mid-September every year. For exact registration date, please refer to the Admission Notice.
- Application fee: CNY 800
- Tuition fee: CNY 73,600
- Accommodation on campus: CNY 18,000 (Zijingang campus, twin-room)
- International student medical insurance: CNY 1,600. (Relevant medical insurance items can be found at http://www.lxbx.net)
- Living expenses: approximately CNY 2,000 per month
- Basic learning materialsFor more details, please visit PIEGL
You are encouraged to apply for the scholarships which include Chinese Government Scholarship, Zhejiang University Scholarship, and Zhejiang Provincial Government Scholarship.
Please note that application for scholarships will be processed according to the schedules of different scholarships respectively.
For more details, please visit PIEGL
Experiencing vibrant Hangzhou life: Take a boat ride on the West Lake, hike through the surrounding tea fields and enjoy marvelous landscapes and vibrant life of Hangzhou, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and New York Times world’s top places to go.
You will be allocated at Zijingang campus, Hangzhou, ChinaLife guide on campus: http://iczu.zju.edu.cn/english/redir.php?catalog_id=22249
Events and Traditions
|September||Welcome & Opening||
Receive the warmest welcome from program director and faculty of ZJU.
|October||National Day Golden Week||Explore the marvelous country in a 7-day golden holiday|
|Dragon Boat Competition||Power your team work with a traditional Chinese racing game|
|December||New Years Party||Celebrate the New Year with other SOMers. Be part of the New Years Party!|
||Winter holidays start!|
|February||Chinese Lunar New Year||Take your first experience of celebrating the lunar new year with your new friends|
|May||Cultural Project||Explore local cultures from multicultral perspectives|
|July-August||Summer Vacations||Enjoy the summer with your family and friends or take an internship to enrich your experience|
Enjoy your entrepreneurial adventure, start your career in China
Our experienced career counselors will work with you in all aspects of your career development. They will help you make your career plan, craft your résumé and cover letters, improve your interview skills and assess your job offers.
You will have the opportunity to attend career workshops and programs, both on and off campus, to experience a wide range of industries and career options. Your critical job-search and networking skills will be developed as well.
We own a vast network of employers and alumni companies across all kinds of industries ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. You can access on-campus recruiting organized by the University career advancement team.
Our alumni will benefit from career services long after graduation As part of our alumni network, you will continue to receive individual coaching, career workshops and access to executive education opportunities.
From a young Latvian Architects perspective moving to China, studying in one of the Worlds best Universities and refining managerial skills among 62 PIEGL students representing 41 countries was... yes, a Challenge.
During the past 2 academic years a lot has happened:
- Unmet expectations interacted with mind-blowing serendipty;
- Intercultural household conflicts resulted into acknowledgement and better understanding of diversity of people, their needs and values;
- and most importantly: Gaps between assumptions and experience were challenged and filled.
If given a choice, I would be honored to live and enjoy all as the frustrations as small, and big victories again. Thank you, Zhejiang University, for the value.
My recommendation to future PIEGLs: Dont fight the gravity, but exercise it. Be present.
-Ervins Gorelovs, PIEGL 2017
The picture in the left:
- PIEGL team got selected as one of the 12 finalists among 203 teams from all over the world and represented Zhejiang University in the prestigious SCB Future Leader Challenge competition in Thailand, June 2018.
From the left: David OConnell, Ervins Gorelovs, Aisling Maguire, Simohn Engelbrecht
In order to adapt, thrive and understand a rapidly-changing environment, it is necessary to associate yourself with the culture and values of that particular environment, at least for a period of time. Being able to form part as a student in the first cohort of the PIEGL programme has enabled me to gain a fresh perspective on what it means to work in a multicultural environment, as well as experiencing how China views the world and vice versa. Beyond academics, serving on the International Student Council representing PIEGL and being a member of a selected team to represent PIEGL and ZJU in the Siam Commercial Bank Future Leader Challenge in Thailand, has reminded me about the endless opportunities that exist if you are willing to give of yourself. There is beauty in uncertainty if you choose to be intentional and present wherever you find yourself. I am proud to say that I was part of it all.
- Simòhn Engelbrecht, PIEGL 2017