China Lab

For 10 years, Project Teams of MIT Sloan MBA students visited the Chinese campuses participating in the MIT-China Management Education Project to teach IMBA students about career-related issues not usually included in their curriculum. In Spring 2008, Project Team was replaced with China Lab, a new stage in collaborative student activity. Working in small IMBA-MBA teams, Chinese and MIT Sloan students form 12 four-person teams for three-month project internships. Each team — two IMBAs, two MIT Sloan MBAs — partners with a Chinese entrepreneurial firm, conducting a consulting project on the firm's greatest challenges. Mid-way through the program, each team spends two weeks on-site at the firm's headquarters, and the IMBAs come to MIT Sloan at the end of April as the project concludes. China Lab thus builds on the G-Lab model by integrating for-credit classroom-based education, faculty mentoring, and real work for real impact. China Lab so far has brought together 104 students and 23 companies, spread throughout the greater Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai regions.

Read more about 2009's China Lab and similar programs.