Future Academy website goes live

27 February 2015

BEIJING: A website for the Future Academy, the prestigious low carbon leadership and educational platform founded by The Climate Group, is now online.

The MBA-modeled program is designed to train entrepreneurial young people to become future leaders of China’s emerging low carbon economy. Admissions are still open to join the forge of green ideas of the future.

“The construction of ecological civilization and sustainable development relies on young people who have global vision, commitment, capacity and capability,” underlined Changhua Wu, Greater China Director of The Climate Group and the founding President of the Future Academy. “The mentorship from business leaders offers aspiration and inspiration, access to leadership, knowledge and information sharing, and an enlarged network for future professional development among the selected youth leaders.”

Low carbon future

Officially kicked off at the end of 2013 by Rt Hon Tony BlairThe Climate GroupYou Change Foundation and China Philanthropist Magazine in Beijing, the Future Academy helped more than 100 young entrepreneurs to better understand how to fuse economic growth and environmental protection, positioning themselves at the forefront of China’s ongoing clean revolution.

The website is an additional tool for the growing network of future leaders and successful companies that are paving the way of the low carbon shift. Business leaders from top Chinese companies have already worked with the Future Academy students, including Lun Feng, Chairman, Vantone Group (a leading Chinese real estate company), Yue Zhang, Chairman and CEO, Broad GroupWenbiao Wang, Chairman and CEO, Elion Group, and Xianfu Han, Chairman, Xin Ao Concrete Group.

Future academy website

Image: the Future Academy website

Business and academia

This year terms will include a 'Knowledge foundation' module, in which well-known experts will be invited as lecturers on themes such as sustainable development, energy strategies and climate finance, to share theoretical knowledge, policymaking models, strategic planning, and future opportunities.

During the program, the students – aided by CEO demonstrations, expert analysis, company visits and discussion – will analyze real life business case studies. These will cover fundamental areas such as environmental technology innovation, ecological agriculture, clean energy supply and management, health sector management, sustainable construction, land desertification and ecological remediation.

Last year, a delegation of 10 leading young entrepreneurs from China visited the US as part of the Future Academy program. The trip was intended to broaden the Chinese college students’ understanding of US energy and climate change policies, innovation and practices, by meeting young American entrepreneurs as well as leading US institutions and non-profits in the sector.

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