China’s environmental concerns are well documented. Sunny Sheng is on a mission to mend her motherland. And the full-time MBA program at Copenhagen Business School is her chance to have an impact on a global scale.
The Danish institution’s MBA was recently rated as the third best program globally in Corporate Knights’ Better World MBA Rankings, which evaluate schools on environmental, social and governance metrics.
Sunny plans to work in Denmark's world-famous renewable energy industry immediately post-MBA. CBS’ career events and alumni networking sessions have already provided a wealth of industry contacts.
Previously, she worked at Intel China, the Chinese business of the US tech corporation, for seven years in several roles including as carrier manager. Before that, she worked as delivery control team lead at Foxconn, also in China.
Which sustainability aspects of the MBA were most attractive to you?
I chose The Copenhagen MBA for its focus on responsible management and sustainability business practices.
Since China is a developing country, our focus in recent years has been on economic development, but we have overlooked the sustainability part. This has resulted in environmental damage and has affected the air, earth, water, food, and the working environment. These issues have become too serious to ignore. I want to work on this area to improve this situation and save my motherland, and I believe Copenhagen is the right place to learn.
What opportunities do you see to work in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability? What are your career plans?
Danish renewable energy, such as wind and solar, is world-famous. I plan to work in the renewable energy industry in Denmark post-MBA. If the company has projects or investments in China, it would be perfect.
We have regular career events and alumni parties, which are a really great way to broaden our network. Luckily, I’ve already met a CBS MBA alumnus who works at Dong Energy, a big clean energy company, during an alumni breakfast, and I’ve managed to connect with him afterwards on LinkedIn with a view to gain further insight into the company.
I also linked up with guest speakers from different companies including Maersk, Red Cross, Deloitte, and the UN, in the Managing Sustainable Corporations course.
What opportunities have you had to hone a network of contacts in the NGO/sustainability fields?
Luckily, one of my classmates worked in the NGO field for several years. She can help me to broaden my NGO network. Also, some of the guest lecturers have connections to the NGO and sustainability area.
We also have a Net Impact team and we plan to arrange some activities on urban sustainability during the MBA.
What do you do for fun in Copenhagen?
Copenhagen is known as a bike city, which is another reason I chose to come here. I like cycling and I already had some good experiences cycling in Chinese rural areas, such as Kaiping Diaolou and Fujian Tulou.
Copenhagen’s cycling-friendly environment still impresses me — the density of the urban area, the short distances between one area of town to another, its flat terrain, and an extensive, well-designed system of cycle tracks all make cycling perfectly possible and enjoyable.
During the weekends, I like to ride my bike for sightseeing around the city to experience the Danish happiness and its special culture of “hygge” [roughly translatable to “cosiness”].