Shenzhen Institute of international public welfare


4 / F, building F, Shenzhen International Innovation Center, No. 1006, Shennan Avenue, Futian District, Shenzhen


About PDBA Program

The Philanthropy Doctor of Business Administration (PDBA) is a joint doctoral program created by CGPI and the Audencia Nantes School of Management. It is the first CGPI degree program that combines business management with philanthropy.

Program Features

  • A global learning platform connecting East and West, offered in partnership with internationally renowned institutions
  • Time honored business training integrated with innovative philanthropy practices
  • World-class faculty offering forward-looking, innovative curricula and academic support

Curriculum Design

  • The PDBA curriculum focuses on doctoral level courses and thesis development.
  • Core courses include four modules of, 1) management research; 2) business strategy; 3)innovation and change; and 4) philanthropy.
  • Thesis development involves six thesis research workshops and four thesis writing nodes.
  • Practical courses and mobile classrooms will be interspersed at different course stages as elective courses.
  • The course focuses on research methods and management discipline discussions. At the end of the first academic year, students must have developed their research plan. Their thesis must be completed and defended by the end of the third academic year.

Program Structure

  • Three-year, part-time program
  • Taught in Chinese. Some lectures are in English with simultaneous interpretation into Chinese
  • Classes are held primarily in Beijing, Shenzhen and Nantes (France). Other China-based and overseas learning may also occur.
  • Awarding a DBA degree

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Eligibility:

  • Hold at minimum a master’s degree or have completed the CGPI EMP course
  • Have at least 5 years of work experience in a position with significant organizational responsibility, including managerial positions

Program Partner

Audencia Business School is amongst the 1% of European business schools in France.

Founded in Nantes in 1900, Audencia – from the Latin audientia, meaning “listening”, and audacia, meaning “daring” – was first accredited by EQUIS in 1998, and now holds all top international academic accreditations – AACSB and AMBA. Audencia Business School is known globally for education and research in the fields of business and management.

In 2004, Audencia joined the UN initiative uniting companies, the business world and civil society around 10 universal principles for labour and environmental standards and human rights. Audencia Business School was the first business school in France to join the Global Compact.