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Thunderbird Tapped to Train Iraqi Officials
Thunderbird School of Global Management has been asked by the U.S. Force’s Iraq Training and Advisory Mission and the Iraqi government to provide executive development for senior officials from the Iraq Ministry of Interior, the country’s hub of internal security operations.

Thunderbird Corporate Learning custom-developed an executive program for Iraqi officials who are touring the United States. The program teaches leadership and business skills designed to inspire change and strengthen the ministry’s strategic capacity and self-sufficiency. The first planned session focused on the impact of globalization on business, market forces that were relatively unknown in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein regime. Participants will also learn about global supply chain management, budgeting and finance, managerial professionalism, the impact of IT, critical decision-making, and negotiation strategy.

Five Business Schools Win EQUIS Accreditation
The Fudan University School of Management and the School of Business at the National University of Singapore were among five business schools that were accorded accreditation in November under EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System, administered by the European Foundation for Management Development. EQUIS-accredited schools now number 122 in 34 countries. Also newly accredited by EFMD are the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, Universite Paris-Dauphine, and the Division Academica de Administracion y Contaduria at ITAM, the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.

B-Schools and Copenhagen
Teams from several business schools worked December’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen into their lesson plans. For example, a delegation of MIT faculty, alumni, and students traveled to the conference under the leadership of John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester Professor in Computer Science at the Sloan School of Management. Sterman and colleagues provided a “climate scoreboard” that applies a mathematical model they developed to assess the effect specific emissions reductions proposals might have on global temperatures.

A group of students, faculty, and staff from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth took part in the meeting as accredited observers. After waiting many hours to gain entrée to the oversubscribed conference, the team attended sessions and met international business groups and NGOs, studying summit proceedings and their implications for global business. Students on the team posted their observations on Tuckatcop15’s blog.

Students from the Rotterdam School of Management made up more than half the student team from Erasmus University that went to Copenhagen by truck, train, and thumb. Demonstrating their environmental responsibility, some of the students traveled to the conference by “truck pool,” having arranged rides in advance with friendly truckers. Others took a train and hitchhiked to the Danish capital. Unable to get into the conference because of the crowds, the team found itself instead observing the protests outside. As the business students reported online, they found the anti-capitalist sentiments of some demonstrators “too extreme.” It would be better, one of their postings said, to “integrate capitalism in the potential solutions to climate change rather than making so much effort to fight against it.”

NEWS IN BRIEF

  • All 20 of the business schools on a new list of MBA programs that provide the best value for military personnel are GMAC members. Compiled by Military MBA, the list is based on analysis of MBA programs that offer the best educational quality at the right price for veterans using the new GI Bill.
  • The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona have partnered to create the Tempe area’s first business magnet high school. Professors from the Carey School will consult with the high school to develop a curriculum in business education, and will also provide access for the high school students to seminars, guest speakers, and mentors.
  • The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) has expanded its services to include veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard with a service-connected disability resulting from service in Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom. Created by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007, the EBV offers training in small business and entrepreneurship to post-9/11 military veterans with disabilities. Five other business schools in the US also offer the EBV, including UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Florida State University’s College of Business, and the University of Connecticut School of Business.
  • The China Post reports that eight universities in Taiwan have formed an alliance to promote and upgrade their Executive MBA programs, foster inter-school exchanges, and improve the competitiveness of Taiwanese EMBA education. Members of the new pact, the EMBA Education Alliance, are National Sun Yat-sen University, National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chengchi University, National Central University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and National Chung Cheng University.

NEW PROGRAMS

Starting this August, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University will offer a new Master of Science in Commerce program, targeted to students with non-business undergraduate degrees. Earlier this year, the school announced a new Master of Public Health program specifically focused on urban health, which also starts in August.… Cambridge Executive Education at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School has contracted to assist Ahmedabad University in India to design and develop curriculum for a new EMBA program.… The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has signed a partnership agreement with Kuwait-Asia University to establish the KAU Business School in Kuwait. CUHK will create the new school and then advise on its curriculum, program design, management, and long-term development.… The Duke University Board of Trustees has approved a new Master of Management in Clinical Informatics degree, to be offered by the Fuqua School of Business and the Duke Center for Health Informatics.… The Department of Finance in the College of Business and the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have started a joint Master of Science in Financial Engineering degree program.… The Indian School of Business has started PGPMAX, a part-time, 15-month Post Graduate Programme in Management for Senior Executives designed for senior executives with an average of 15 years experience in the workforce.… INSEAD, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, is developing what it calls the Africa Initiative, whose goals include bringing more African perspectives and content—including cases, experiences, speakers, and events—into INSEAD’s programs.… The Saïd Business School and the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford are set to launch a new degree program, “The Oxford Master’s in Law and Finance,” in October. The full-time, nine-month program is designed to offer lawyers an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of financial transactions and regulations.… Thunderbird School of Global Management has developed a two-week business management certificate program to help professional football players develop business skills and plans to transition to new careers after football. Participants will receive up to $5,000 in credit toward a Thunderbird Executive MBA degree.… The Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto is establishing an MBA program in Mumbai, India. The first year of the two-year program will be taught at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai. Students will complete their second year in Toronto.

In Chicago, the Brennan School of Business and the Graduate School of Social Work at Dominican University have collaborated to create a new master of social work/master of business administration program, designed to prepare entrepreneurs for leadership roles in social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit institutions.… The Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University and the Florida Coastal School of Law have created a joint, four-year J.D./MBA degree program. As part of a requirement that they meet admissions standards for both schools, applicants will be required to take both the GMAT and the LSAT.… The Olivet Nazarene University School of Graduate and Continuing Studies has created an Executive Master of Business Administration degree program. Set to begin this March, the 16-month program focuses on the ethical elements of leadership as well as traditional business studies.… The University of Scranton has added an Operations Management specialization to its online Master of Business Administration program.

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