China Lab pairs MIT Sloan MBA students with international MBA (IMBA) students from five premier business schools in China. Tasked with a specific project that caters to a participating host company's needs, each four-student team works across cultures and time zones from January through April to put traditional classroom learning into real-world practice while addressing critical business issues and promoting economic growth.
Each spring, China Lab sends 24 or more student teams to an equal number of Chinese host companies to work on-site on their projects with their Chinese IMBA teammates. In like fashion, the IMBA students visit MIT Sloan for a week in late spring, continuing their project work with their Sloan teammates, attending classes, and partaking in a rare opportunity for an intensely interactive experience with academic, intellectual, cross-cultural, and personal gains for all involved. Several participating companies and entrepreneurs request teams year after year, attesting to the strength and impact of previous years’ projects.
For a closer look at two China Lab projects, please watch this video: