It was originally established in 1911 under the name “Tsinghua College” and had been renamed several times since then: from “Tsinghua School” which was used one year after its establishment, to “National Tsinghua University” which was adopted three years after the foundation of its university section in 1925.

The university is one of the nine tertiary institutions in the C9 League and, along with Peking University, is frequently regarded the top university in mainland China by most national and international rankings. With a motto of Self-Discipline and Social Commitment, Tsinghua University describes itself as being dedicated to academic excellence, the well-being of Chinese society and to global development.

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📚About the Program

Master’s in Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) at Tsinghua University (THU)

The Tsinghua – INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) is a unique partnership between INSEAD, one of the world's leading business school, and Tsinghua, one of China’s most prestigious universities. The programme takes place across INSEAD’s three campuses in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Fontainebleau, and Tsinghua’s two campuses in Beijing and Shenzhen.

As a participant, you will exchange perspectives within an elite, dynamic, culturally diverse class of experienced managers and be part of two powerful alumni networks. The TIEMBA is where life-changing leadership development meets technical mastery of key business disciplines. And both make an immediate impact in your organisation. It is the best of East and West, learning and working, technical knowledge and soft skills — in a single programme.

The TIEMBA Advantage

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  • Two Degrees from Two Prestigious Business Schools
  • You will obtain two management degrees from two top institutions in China and in the world.


  • Gateway to Global Networks
  • INSEAD provides you access to an international alumni network, while Tsinghua’s alumni community is the key to opening many doors in China.

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  • World Experts as Faculty
  • Access to truly top faculty who deliver a robust curriculum through a rich variety of learning styles.

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  • Deep Leadership Insights
  • Our Leadership Development Programme runs throughout the programme, taking leadership skills to the next level.

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  • Learn from Diverse Participants
  • Learn alongside and from classmates who have a wealth of global experience.

Two Prestigious Schools

Tsinghua University

To study at Tsinghua University is to join an institution whose history is intertwined with China’s extraordinary economic growth story of the last few decades. In fact, the founding dean of the School of Economics and Management (SEM), Professor Zhu Rongji, went on to become China’s fifth Premier in 1998. Today his vision of a school where China’s business elite could learn about best global practice and its implementation in the Chinese economy is a reality. Tsinghua SEM has become one of the world’s most acclaimed business schools: a magnet for entrepreneurial activities and outstanding professionals from throughout China and beyond.


INSEAD is one of the world’s largest and highest-ranked graduate business schools. More importantly, it’s a unique environment that brings together people and ideas from different cultures to change lives and transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching across three equal-status campuses in three world regions. Every year, INSEAD’s 145 expert faculty from more than 40 countries inspire over 1,300 master participants, while more than 10,000 executives are drawn to its campuses to participate in Executive Education.

Bridging East and West

Global business knowledge plus an in-depth understanding of the Chinese context. This is the equation for career success in today’s world economy. But how do you become an expert in both?

This challenge is what motivated us to create the Tsinghua–INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA): a unique, modular, dual-degree programme for experienced executives. Our goal is to offer participants the best of both institutions: one of China’s most elite universities and one of the world’s top international business schools.
Fifteen years from 2007 to 2021 and 589 alumni and participants later, the TIEMBA is consistently ranked one of the top EMBA programmes in the world by the Financial Times. We are proud of our seamless East-West partnership, as well as the advantages that it offers our participants. The TIEMBA runs across Beijing, Shenzhen, Singapore, Fontainebleau and Abu Dhabi providing unparalleled multicultural perspectives and insights into some of the most dynamic regions of the world. The programme fuses intense leadership development training with a rigorous yet highly applied management curriculum, and stands at the intersection of two of the world’s most powerful alumni networks.

It is thus no surprise that the TIEMBA has built a remarkable track record of producing successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. Imagine what we can do, together, for your East-West success.

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📖Program Curriculum

12 Core Courses
During the first seven modules, you will take compulsory courses covering the breadth of global business. Exams usually take place at the end of each module.

Corporate Finance
Data, Models and Decisions
Financial Accounting
International Economics
Macroeconomics and the Chinese Economy
Managerial Accounting
Strategic Marketing
Process Operations Management
Organisational Behaviour
Strategic Talent Management
Strategy Management

4 Elective Courses
Electives allow you to delve deeper into the topics of your choice – with pass/fail assessment to encourage you to leave your comfort zone. They are held over two weeks during the French summer, when INSEAD’s Fontainebleau campus is at its most idyllic. The module is shared with INSEAD’s Global Executive MBA classes to ensure greater choice – and new networking possibilities. Alumni are also invited to return, further broadening your network and offering you a chance of truly lifelong learning after graduation. Electives currently offered (but varying according to demand) include:

Applied Corporate Finance:
Applied Corporate Finance
Financial Statement Analysis
International Financial Management

Brand Management
Customer Insight
Strategic Market Orientation

Industry and Competitive Analysis
(Big) Data Analytics for Business
Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise:
Private Equity, Growth Equity and Venture Capital
Realising Entrepreneurial Potential
Corporate Entrepreneurship: Managing Innovation to Drive Growth
Social Entrepreneurship: Building Impact Ventures

Organisational Behaviour:
Power and Influence in Organisations
Psychology of Leadership

Decision Sciences:
Management Decision-making

9 Key Management Challenges (KMCs)
KMC courses – run before and after the Electives – cover broad, multi-disciplinary, whole-company issues, reflecting the uncertainty, changeability, open-ended problems and incomplete information of real life. You will usually be assessed through written assignments based on your experiences at work. Choices typically include:

Digital Economy
Financial System in China
Frontiers of Chinese Contemporary Issues Research
Future Thinking
Managerial Psychology
Sustainability & Innovation for Business
Techmark Management Simulation
Winning in Emerging Markets
Your First Hundred Days

The final component of the programme is your thesis: a live case study with you as the central character. With support from the faculty, you will write about a real-world project, such as a new venture or corporate innovation – with ample time to work on it after the final module. Following the “defence” of your submission at Tsinghua, your work will also be translated into Chinese and published for all to read.

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🏫About Tsinghua University (THU)

Tsinghua University is located in the North West of Beijing in the University District (Haidian District). The campus is in between Peking University and Wudaokou which is the centre of the University District. 

Tsinghua University is well known for its beautiful campus with lakes and greenery and beautiful buildings, it is located on the former site of Qing Dynasty royal gardens and retains Chinese-style landscaping as well as traditional buildings, but many of its buildings are also in the Western-style, reflecting the American influence in its history. Along with its rival and neighbor the Peking University, it is known throughout China and the wider world for having one of the most beautiful campuses. Tsinghua University’s campus was named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world by a panel of architects and campus designers in Forbes in 2010; it was the only university in Asia on the list.

Campus Life:

Tsinghua campus is large with many facilities including high quality sports facilities, swimming pool, library. It is also located close to Wudaokou which is the center of the student district in Beijing and has many international restaurants and bars.

Student Associations:

International students are encouraged to participate in various extracurricular activities and join the student associations of the University. International students office also organizes extracurricular activities for international students, including welcome party for new students, New Year’s party, graduation party, tourist visits to Chinese cultural and historical destinations, sports competitions, etc.

Tsinghua University has more than 110 student associations covering five domains: science and technology, physical training, humanities, arts and public welfare. To name a few: the Students’ Performing Arts Club, Zijing Volunteer Service, Students’ Association of Science & Technology, Photography Association, Foreign Languages Association, Association of Student International Communication (ASIC), etc.


Located in the north of Tsinghua University, Zijing Apartments (紫荆公寓) is the most modernised student dormitory in China and the largest, able to accommodate 22,400 students. Zijing comprises 26 blocks, with 23 buildings ranging from 7 to 15 stories. The total construction area amounts to 350,000 m2 (3,800,000 sq ft). The cost for the apartments are below.  New students should apply at the reception desk of Zijin Building 19.


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🏠 Accommodation

Located in the north of Tsinghua University, Zijing Apartments (紫荆公寓) is the most modernised student dormitory in China and the largest, able to accommodate 22,400 students. Zijing comprises 26 blocks, with 23 buildings ranging from 7 to 15 stories. The total construction area amounts to 350,000 m2 (3,800,000 sq ft).

  • You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.
  • You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.
  • We have an article about how to find accommodation off campus here.
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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

840 RMB

Tuition fee:

130,625 USD in total

💸 Living Expenses in Beijing

Expense Average costs
Accommodation On average, a single room student dormitory accommodation will cost about RMB 1500 per month, or about RMB 18,000 per year, including utilities.
Food A meal at the university canteen/restaurant or in a fast-food restaurant outside would cost about RMB 7 to RMB 30. The average monthly bill for students that will study in Beijing, China can be between the range of RMB 1800 to RMB 4000.
Transportation A one-way local transport ticket in Beijing costs about RMB 4. The taxi start rate costs about RMB 13, plus the additional taxi rate per kilometer of about RMB 2.30. A monthly transport pass for university students in Beijing would cost around RMB 200.
Extra costs: Some extra costs for university students who will study in Beijing, China are books and study materials around RMB 210 to RMB 350 per month (increased costs for those studying Sciences, Medicine, or Art), and medical insurance of about RMB 400 per six months.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English) (Tsinghua University Graduate Programs)
  • Personal Statement Letter - Tsinghua University (Personal Statement Letter for Master's degree and Doctor's degree programs.)
  • Second Recommendation Letter
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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