The program aims to produce leaders of the future with global visions, innovative abilities, entrepreneurship and social responsibilities.
Launched in 2004, the EDP program draws on resources in and outside the university to form a distinct faculty that consists of international trainers, management practitioners and university professors. The program has developed a series of courses covering tourism management, real estate management, foreign trade, health care administration and financial guarantee. Targeted at providing continuing trainings for managers and executives, the program has enrolled more than ten thousand students since its inception. More than eighty percent of students hold senior managerial positions in private businesses and state-owned enterprises before enrollment. In 2009 and 1010, the program was awarded the first prize in continuing education. It was also enlisted as the most exemplary institute for business training and consulting in Zhejiang Province.
The program is committed to establish its own high-end brand in the provision of training and consulting services to enterprises and in its endeavour to promote social and economic development. The program makes constant efforts tailoring its curriculum designs, administrative procedures and alumni services to the needs of students
Taking full advantage of the resources of the school of management, the program has established full-scale cooperation with foreign institutes of higher education. Such cooperation aims at setting international standards as well as attracting overseas trainers and students for the program. A joint course was launched in 2009 with Harvard Business School. In 2011, the program cooperates with the University of Maryland and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore to open a new course on leadership and innovation. In this course, students with different national backgrounds share insights with professors from the above three institutes of higher education. The course provides a unique chance for students to acquire global perspectives and different cultural experiences. The program is initiating similar joint courses in the near future.