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Amid the rapid advancement of globalisation and localisation, businesses face unprecedented challenges and opportunities in innovative and sustainable development.  

Push your experience and skills further with advanced study in Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley and an international centre of finance, innovation and logistics – and Nantes, France’s third-largest industrial city, recognized internationally for its engagement with and achievements in the field of sustainable development.  

This challenging, multidisciplinary and multicultural business programme is designed for experienced professionals. Through part-time study in China and France, you can position yourself for an exciting career in China’s international business climate – and continue working through the duration of the programme. Classes meet on weekends.


  • Degree earned: MBA or Master degree + 5 years professional experience including managerial responsibilities. Minimum 25 years of age. Exceptionally candidates with 3-4 years experience may be considered.
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Duration: 3 years, part-time (weekends)
  • Eligibility: master’s degree or equivalent, 6-8 years’ working experience including a minimum 3 years’ high-level management experience
  • Tuition: Contact SABS admissions office for tuition fee details
  • Next session begins: September
  • Location: Shenzhen, China (2.5 years), and Nantes, France (one week)


This DBA programme is offered through Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS) and run in partnership by Audencia Business School and Shenzhen University (SZU). SABS combines the strengths and networks of two internationally respected institutions.

You’ll spend most of your DBA studies in Shenzhen, China, at SABS. SZU has a student population of roughly 35,000. It has 25 colleges and awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees across a full range of disciplines.  

SZU has an impressive list of graduates, including the founders of Shenzhen-based Tencent. The city of Shenzhen has maintained the fastest economic growth in China for roughly 20 years, with SZU actively contributing to this hub of high-tech innovation and international business.  

Life at SABS

You’ll spend one week of your DBA studies in Nantes, France, at Audencia. Internationally recognised for the career results of our graduates, Audencia is amongst the 1% of business schools holding all top international academic accreditations – EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. The school is known globally for education and research in the fields of business and management, with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility, innovation and finance.  

Audencia is one of France’s elite Grande Ecole higher education institutions, with campuses in Nantes, Paris and Beijing and SABS in Shenzhen.  

Life at Audencia


Programme components :

  • Intensive core courses
  • Overseas extension module
  • Customised electives
  • Thesis workshop
  • Online seminars  


Core courses :

  • Principles and Methodologies
  • Finance
  • Responsible Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

We accept applications on a rolling basis. To apply or learn more about admission to Shenzhen Audencia Business School’s DBA programme, please contact us

This programme is well-suited for applicants who are currently serving in a management role in any sector (i.e., finance, marketing, HR, etc.) or who have graduated from an MBA programme.  

Entry requirements

  • Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese
  • Master’s degree in any field
  • At least six years of professional experience, three of which are in an executive management position

Please contact us for the application form. You will then submit the following files:  

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of master’s degree certificate
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree certificate
  • Copy of ID (both sides)
  • Four recent digital photos (two inches, white background, JPEG, less than 1 MB)
  • Name card or business card (both sides)
  • Company brochures
  • Application form
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Research proposal 

Qualified candidates will receive interview notices within three to seven business days. The DBA evaluation committee will conduct your interview and evaluate your application, including career achievement, research ability and references.


The DBA at SABS is a high-end international business programme  based on rigorous and impactful academic research. It prepares business leaders to understand the complex and changing international economic, social and environmental context to define and implement innovative business models that combine financial performance with the principles of sustainable development. Programme benefits include:  

  • World-renowned professors from across the globe offering diversified guidance on critical thinking, data analysis and development
  • In-depth study on cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship to develop business strategies
  • Immersion in the highly influential economic environments of two dramatically different places: Shenzhen, China, and Nantes, France
  • International network with expertise in responsible business models, strategy, innovation, finance, supply chain management, human resources, corporate social responsibility, marketing, communication and design thinking