Mark Zuckerberg Joins Board of China’s Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management

If Facebook can’t hurdle over the Great Wall of China, maybe it can scale that wall brick-by-brick. Despite the fact that the social network is blocked in the country, the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management appointed Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to its board, BloombergBusinessweek reported.

TsinghuaSEMLogo650If Facebook can’t hurdle over the Great Wall of China, maybe it can scale that wall brick-by-brick. Despite the fact that the social network is blocked in the country, the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management appointed Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to its board, BloombergBusinessweek reported.

According to BloombergBusinessweek, the university is one of the top business schools in China, and its board also includes high-level executives from IBM, Anheuser-Busch InBev and other multinational companies, as well as Chinese government officials and entrepreneurs.

Zuckerberg will fly to Beijing this week to attend the school’s annual board meeting, according to BloombergBusinessweek.

Topeka Capital Markets managing director and equity analyst Victor Anthony told BloombergBusinessweek:

This is just one more data point to me that confirms that the potential for Facebook entering China is likely to happen over the next couple of years. I don’t know the exact timing, but this is a matter of “when,” not “if.”

They’ve been hiring Chinese university students and offering them positions in the U.S., and I think part of the goal of that was trying to bring them in-house to understand China better.

Another part of that is hiring engineers from Chinese Internet companies to learn details about data centers and co-location centers.

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