The International MBA programme combines rigorous academic modules with a wide range of professional development activities aimed at fostering your managerial and leadership capabilities.

International MBA (part time)


The International MBA programme combines rigorous academic modules with professional development to foster your managerial and leadership skills.

Delivered in an environment that combines Eastern and Western cultures, the International MBA programme is a passport that will enable you to manage and lead confidently in global contexts.

The programme is delivered at International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), one of the leading institutions worldwide to be triple-accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Association of MBAs (AMBA).

The degree is granted by our founding partner, the University of Liverpool, a 134-year-old UK institution and a member of the prestigious Russell Group. The programme therefore adheres to standards from the UK quality assurance system for higher education.

Who should join?

  • You are a manager with 6 years of professional experience or more, with the ambition to progress to senior management or leadership roles in your company.
  • You are an entrepreneur leading your own organisation towards further growth in international markets.
  • You wish to develop your leadership mind-set and find solutions to strategic problems facing your organisation at both local and international levels.

Why should I study the International MBA at XJTLU?

  • Learn from internationally qualified faculty, who are also key opinion leaders in their fields
  • Gain knowledge in a practice-focused and industry-based environment
  • Collaborate with professionals from a variety of local companies and industries
  • Benefit from the University’s international network, including the University of Liverpool Management School alumni
  • Enjoy the flexibility that allows you to study while working full-time
  • Earn a degree from the University of Liverpool that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the International MBA programme, you will have:

  • a broad theoretical and practical understanding of management in a globalised and cross-cultural environment
  • strong awareness of how the external environment, including political, economic, social and technological factors, impacts organisations at a national and international level
  • the ability to research, analyse and find solutions to problems in both domestic and international companies
  • critical thinking, problem-solving, report writing and business presentation skills
  • important soft skills, such as emotional intelligence, negotiation, leadership and people management.

This programme can fast-track your career by enabling a strategic mindset and an all-round view of the organisation. You will explore the complex dynamics of globalisation and cross-cultural management and learn knowledge across contexts, from textbook cases to real-life scenarios.

Nuno Camara

Programme director

I travel a lot for my job so XJTLU’s location, and the flexible programme, was important for me. Studying this programme will benefit my career.

Alex Walschewski

Student, International MBA, Germany


IMBA typically attracts mid-career and senior-level candidates looking to progress to the highest echelons of their organisations and industries. Previous graduates are usually promoted in their organisations after graduation. Some may change their career directions, either within or across sectors. Some graduates set up their own companies, often in high-tech and knowledge-intensive industries in Suzhou. In all cases, the programme has witnessed significant growth in students' personal and professional development.

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