i2i Challenge

Implementing the most innovative ideas to advance graduate management education.

MET Fund i2i Challenge winners are improving classroom collaboration, creating access for the underserved, and developing programs for veterans.

In April 2012, GMAC presented more than US$7.1 million in grants to 12 organizations around the world as part of its Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Challenge. Grantees are now implementing programs inspired by the top 20 ideas to improve graduate management education chosen from more than 650 entries from around the world.

Innovative Ideas Are Becoming a Reality

Net Impact, the University of Botswana, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research will develop programs focused on social responsibility and increased opportunity, including collaboration with non-profits, a mentorship program for underprivileged children in Mumbai, and expanding access to business education resources and entrepreneurship networks in Africa.

Five of the winners—from Pepperdine University, ESADE Business School, the University of Texas at Tyler, the University of Waterloo and the University of California at San Diego—are building online, international collaboration among business school students and faculty. These include programs to create virtual campuses, classrooms and training modules.

Syracuse University, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the SUNY Empire State College Foundation are developing specialized coursework for veterans, integrating armed services leadership experience into the development of business management skills. These three programs aim to offer important insights into the development of specialized management training programs for students with an array of career experience and qualifications.

Grantee Progress Reports

See the latest progress updates from i2i Challenge grantees focusing on Social Responsibility, Technology, and Veterans Education.

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