A  Part-time MBA Program for Managers who need to cope with global and disruptive issues.
An International MBA that focuses on the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world.

Matan Vilnay, Israel's ambassador to China, recently wrote: "To support actual, responsible continued growth of productive business relationships that have long term potential, the Israeli market needs more experts on modern China in a range of topics, such as the economy and business administration." (INSS Insight, No. 906, March 19, 2017)

The International MBA Program of the University of Haifa empowers Israeli managers and business people to achieve this very goal.

For the past 10 years it has provided its graduates with an MBA degree that focuses on China and the Far East. Thus, several courses are specifically dedicated to in-depth study of the Business Culture in China, India, Korea and Japan.

News & Events

Covid-19 pandemic impacts on globalized supply chains

On April 21, in a webinar organized by the Webster Business School in Geneva, Professors Dominique Jolly and Chalom Schirman of the Haifa IMBA discussed the long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemics on globalized supply chains. 

Among the issues raised: 

 * Possible consequences of “economic decoupling” between China-centered and US-centered blocks 

 * Impact on international trade of China’s “dual circulation” strategy. 

 * Aftermaths of the Rare-earth minerals and semi-conductors’ shortage 

 * Prospects of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).  

China is rapidly and increasingly becoming the hub of the world economy. The International MBA of the University of Haifa is the only MBA Program in the Middle East focusing on East Asia.

Evaluating the China-Iran Treaty impact and scope

Professor Chalom Schirman, Head of the International MBA published the following opinion on the China-Iran Treaty of cooperation signed at the end of March 2021:

Evaluating the China-Iran Treaty impact and scope 

This Treaty caused more ink to flow in Western and Israeli newspapers than in Chinese or even Iranian ones and it stems from Western and Israeli paranoia rather than from an attempt to understand Chinese intentions / strategy / policy in the Middle East. 

In the IMBA, at the University of Haifa, we train our students to analyze China's economic and business strategies.

At the level of global geopolitical analysis, it is obvious that, following the disastrous American-Chinese meeting in Anchorage, China seized the opportunity to thumb its nose at the Americans by showing that it could seriously reduce the impact of the American sanctions over Iran. 

Arguably, that it remains at the declarative and politically symbolic level might raise, in some, an apprehension of future Chinese moves.  

However, identifying the Treaty as a preliminary sign of a Chinese forced entry into the Middle East through the Shiite-Persian door (like the Soviet strategy in Egypt and Syria in 1955-1975) is showing little or no understanding at all of China's geostrategy and foreign policy. 

Certainly, China’s primary global objective is to gain international recognition of its being a great Power on the international scene. Nonetheless, throughout its long history, the Chinese hegemonic ambitions have always been exclusively regional and restricted to its geographical environment.  

Furthermore, nothing indicates that -in the years or decades to come-China will abandon its very cautious foreign policy and will get involved in the biggest and most dangerous international maze that is the Middle East.  

Consequently, China might, indeed, seek to eliminate the American influence (and possibly in a foreseeable future, its military presence),but within the Western Pacific Rim (a sort of Monroe Doctrine with Chinese characteristics).  

At the regional level, a closer examination of China's geopolitical and geo-economic interests and strategy in the Middle East, reveals that, as The Diplomat writes: «Despite the fanfare surrounding the agreement, something is still holding China-Iran relations back –whether that’s Chinese reluctance to tangle with Iran’s sanctions-ridden economy, Iranian fears of lost sovereignty, the complex geopolitics of the Middle East, or a combination of all three”.  

Likewise, Bill Figueroa, who devoted his PhD thesis in History at the University of Pennsylvania to Sino-Iranian relations in the 20th century, notes that the agreement in question “is not a big deal”. It is, he writes, just a vague declaration of intentions without any figures, measurable objectives or specific cooperation programs. Mainly, everything that is in this treaty “already exists and in no way exceeds the standards of Chinese engagement with other countries in the region.”.  

The Chinese engagement in the Middle East, in general, is purely economic and commercial (also technological with Israel) and this engagement is far superior with Sunni countries (and Israel) that China will certainly not want to antagonize.  

“In short”, he concludes, this agreement is an attempt to bring Sino-Iranian relations “back in line with the rest of the Middle East”, rather than an expansion beyond the Chinese existing norm of engagement with the region. And we may add: it will take several years during which the Middle Eastern reality will again change as it has in the past decade.

To sum up, not only should Israel not see this Sino-Iranian document as an imminent or future danger, but on the contrary, Israel should continue to strengthen its good relations with the Chinese Power.  

Israel-China: business cooperation in Hi-Tech

On January 11, 2021, the Israel-China Chamber of Commerce invited (on Zoom) Shlomo Gadot, the CEO of Inuitive, a very successful Israeli Hi-Tech firm that has been cooperating with Chinese firms for the past 10 years. Inuitive, located in Ra’anana, with offices in Shanghai, is a leading fabless semiconductor company in the area of 3D imaging. In 2020, it raised an investment of USD106 millions from Chinese consortium Yinniu Microelectronics. 

Among the many interesting points raised by Gadot who knows well China and learned how to cooperate with the Chinese, we offer the following quotes: 

  1. We need to reinforce our [technological and business] activity in China, while keeping our relations with the USA and Japan. 
  2. I have spent more time in China than in the US, in the past 10 years. I believe all Israeli companies should do the same. 
  3. [A good prerequisite for doing successful business with Chinese] is first to learn their culture and to talk with them in a way they understand and like to hear. 
  4. What will build us in the near future are our relations with China that will become the world leader in semiconductors.  

ANT IPO and Jack MA

On January 5th  2021, Professor Chalom Schirman, Head of the International MBA at the U of Haifa and visiting lecturer at Tongji, ECNU and Hunan Universities, was interviewed on the TV channel I24 News, on what happens to Jack MA, the founder and former CEO of the AliBaba Group. 

Professor Schirman highlighted two major managerial issues linked with the refusal of the Chinese regulator to authorize the IPO planned by ANT, the financial subsidy of AliBaba. 

  1. The market economy reforms in China, launched by DENG Xiaoping, encouraged the emergence and development of private companies from the 1980s to 2015. President XI Jinping is now indicating that China needs to re-equilibrate the mix between SOEs (State Owned Enterprises) and private companies, in favor of the former. 
  2. China will not allow the domination of strategic sectors of its economy by private powerful monopolies and “oligarchs”, particularly in the very sensitive domain of finance. 


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