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IESE Business School and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) will launch a new joint program in January 2016: the World Executive MBA.

Designed for senior business leaders with an average age of 40 and responsibilities across international borders, the World Executive MBA aims to develop participants both in terms of their leadership potential and through a keen understanding of the forces that shape management in different parts of the world.

The blended format helps ensure easy access for executives from a variety of regions, balancing residential modules at CEIBS and IESE campuses throughout the world with innovative online modules. Participants will learn from expert faculty at all locations and through curriculum that includes the case study method and a very intense personalized development program.

“Together we have designed a truly joint program for executives with cross-border responsibilities, be they East/West, North/South, or both,” says Franz Heukamp, IESE’s associate dean for MBA Programs. “Our aim is to provide these executives with an exceptional MBA learning experience that is highly accessible for them.”

The program offers a global experience for senior leaders. “The World Executive MBA is a high-intensity, truly international program that will bring together senior business executives for an entirely new learning experience,” says Professor Nikos Tsikriktsis, associate dean for the CEIBS GEMBA Programs. “It will blend the in-class learning experience with online learning and with courses on four continents. Our participants, who may join us from anywhere in the world, will benefit from strengthening their global networks.”

The new World Executive MBA marks another step in CEIBS’ and IESE’s partnership of 20 years, adding to the list of programs that the two business schools already offer jointly: the Global CEO Program, the CEO for China Program, and the joint Ph.D.

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark has offered EMBA Programs for 20 years, and is leveraging that experience for a new global EMBA offering.

Students can opt to start in February and follow the EMBA format, which allows for flexibility and breaks in between terms, or start in September and follow the 20-month – now Global – EMBA Program.

“The learning experience always has been global in outlook, but for our September intake we have gone a step further and launched a Global Executive MBA (GEMBA),” says PoulHedegaard, MBA director at CBS. “We already have collaboration in place with the Kellogg School of Management and Cranfield University, and have added further international elements, such as modules in London and Kampala.”

Developed by Jesper Rangvid, CBS EMBA associate dean and finance professor, the CBS GEMBA takes place over 20 months in 11, weeklong modules in Copenhagen, London, Shanghai, Chicago, and Kampala. The program offers practical application to the home company from day one, involving the participant’s own organization in numerous case studies and semester projects.

“When developing the curriculum for our GEMBA, we focused on the areas where we can offer additional value to senior executives operating on the global scene,” he says. “Participants should join to learn about effective, Scandinavian-style leadership where flat hierarchies are the norm, and ways to set up and foster an innovative culture, which ensures long-term success, as well as ways to lead a sustainable organization in a responsible manner.”

Located at 1735 Technology Drive in San Jose, the new graduate campus will offer an EMBA Program to students throughout the Bay Area and greater Northern California.

“Our Bay Area faculty, comprised of academics, researchers, executives, consultants, and entrepreneurs have a deep appreciation for the type of management skills that local executives need for upward career trajectory, says David M. Smith, interim dean.

“The new Northern California campus will continue our tradition of business education centered in experience-driven learning and integrated skills development, under the tutelage of our world-class faculty. In today’s competitive workplace, our EMBA Program provides graduates with the tools for career mobility or to transition to entrepreneurial endeavors, both viable options in the Bay Area job market.”

Pepperdine’s EMBA Program delivers a full MBA experience in 19 months, through classes that meet approximately every three weeks. The program incorporates a real-life case study into an applied strategic plan — often involving the students’ own companies. As part of the plan, students assess the current state of the company and develop a strategic plan for capitalizing on the company’s strengths and addressing its challenges.

“Our Bay Area faculty, comprised of academics, researchers, executives, consultants, and entrepreneurs, have a deep appreciation for the type of management skills that local executives need for upward career trajectory,” says Smith. “The innovative curriculum of our EMBA Program is ideally aligned with the creative, entrepreneurial, and risk-oriented culture of the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.”

On Aug. 16, 1965, a week after Singapore gained independence, a new department was established at what was then the University of Singapore. The Department of Business Administration initially consisted of four full-time staff and a cohort of 24 students. It grew quickly to meet the growing demand for formal business education in Singapore, and would eventually come to be known as NUS Business School, a faculty of the National University of Singapore.

Today, the school has 140 full-time faculty members and a student population of about 3,000 undergraduates and graduates.

Growing in tandem with Singapore, NUS Business School has benefitted from the nation's rise and in turn contributed to its growth by developing business leaders who have had an impact in Singapore and beyond.

With its vision of ‘Leading from Asia,’ the school has developed strong links with the business community through collaborations that include consulting projects and internships. Initiatives such as the China Business Centre and the Wee Cho Yaw Finance and Banking Forum further strengthen the school’s strong affiliation with companies and academic institutions in China.

During 2015, the school will host a series of events to commemorate the official 50th anniversary, with a major homecoming celebration planned for September and a gala dinner in late October, which will highlight the contributions of pioneer alumni and faculty, as well as students.

CHANGES
  • Deborah Driscoll is the new program manager for the Executive MBA Program at Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management…David Klindienst is the new director of graduate business program development at the school.
  • Brian Cameron is the new associate dean for Professional Master’s Programs and Clinical Professor of Management Information Systems at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.
  • Richard Johnson is now associate dean, Executive MBA Programs, Europe and Asia for the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Itan Chen has been promoted to managing director of the school’s EMBA Program in Europe.
  • Nicola Kleyn has been appointed the dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria.
  • Sebnem Thiel and Lauren Kellner joined the University of South Florida Muma Executive MBA Program as administrative manager and program assistant, respectively at the University of South Florida.
  • Michael McIntyre has been named the director of the Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.