The global economy is growing at its fastest rate since 2011, with the East Asia-Pacific region leading the way. For this and many other reasons, now more than ever before, it is crucial for today’s MBA graduates to have the international experience and cultural intelligence needed to lead today’s global businesses. This month, we would like to tell you about several U.S. and international business schools that recognize the need for capable leaders with a unique mix of global business expertise and personal leadership strengths. These schools have expanded their programs to reach aspiring business leaders in every corner of the world.
We would also like to tell you about several other schools that have either revamped their programs or teamed up with other business schools to offer innovative Online MBA Programs specifically designed for today’s busy working professionals.
We are pleased to announce that Leadership Academy Nepal (LAN), Macquarie University, Marietta College, Marshall University, Rice University, SP Jain School of Global Management, and University of Iowa offer new or improved Online MBA Programs.
Leadership Academy Nepal (LAN), Kathmandu, Nepal & Rice University Jones School of Business, Houston, Texas
Leadership Academy Nepal (LAN) and Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business (Rice Business School) have teamed up to offer an Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) designed for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and senior managers from banking, insurance, hospitality, telecom, and other sectors. Per a Rice Business press release, “the goal of the program is to transform the advanced leadership and strategic management capabilities of senior business leaders across Nepal.”
In the release, Mr. Michael Koenig, Associate Dean for Innovation Initiatives & Executive Director of Executive Education at Rice Business explained:
“The collaboration with LAN and Rice Business Executive Education aims to set the benchmark as the high-skilled learning and development accelerator for Nepal and South Asia at large. Additionally, a deliberate aim of this partnership is for LAN to serve as a hub for thought leadership related to human capital development for business leaders from this part of the world.”
Beginning in early 2019, LAN and Rice Business School will offer online and blended education, as well as training and programming for senior to mid-level and young emerging business professionals. Rice Business School also offers an MBA program known as [email protected]. The program, which launched in 2017, can be completed in an online/hybrid format in 24 months. Applications for 2019 are being accepted now.
Chartered in 1891, Rice University serves nearly 7,000 students enrolled in more than 80 undergraduate majors and dozens of graduate programs through eight academic schools. Rice University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Rice Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia
Macquarie University’s Graduate School of Management (MGCM) has launched a Global Online MBA offered exclusively on Coursera—the world’s largest online higher education platform.
The 100% online program was created for “professionals who want to future-proof and accelerate their careers from wherever they are located,” says the school. It is the first degree offered on Coursera in the Asia-Pacific region and a “first-of-its-kind Online MBA on future-focused capabilities, designed to serve the rapidly growing workforce in an age when AI is expected to automate half of the activities that people are paid to do in the global economy.”
The curriculum for the new program is designed to build six cross-disciplinary capabilities including leading, strategizing, analyzing, influencing, adapting, and problem solving. Per the school, “asynchronous lectures and assignments are combined with high engagement components like regular live video sessions with instructors and collaborative group projects - all done digitally and aided by the most advanced technologies that enable seamless communication with instructors and peers.”
Students will have the ability to access all of their course material for the 24 course program wherever they are on Coursera’s mobile app—a popular feature used by over 80% of degree students on the platform. The program also “features a ‘stackable’ model that allows students to earn certificates as they go through the program and start learning before even submitting a formal entry application.” Students can take as many “open courses” as they want to earn as many certificates as they want. Open courses are Global MBA courses that students can enroll in (not for credit), but can result in individual certificates. Students with a non-traditional background who perform well in these courses can be admitted to the degree program.
Once admitted, “students can fit the Global MBA around their work and personal lives while still receiving the rigorous learning experience they expect from a top-quality program.”
Two courses in the MGCM Global Online MBA have already launched and include “Know Your People” and “Adapt your Leadership Style.” The first cohort is expected to complete the program in May 2019. Applications for the next cohort are being accepted until April 9, 2019. The early admission deadline is February 1, 2019 and the cohort begins May 6, 2019. Students can expect to complete the program in 12-18 months, full-time.
Established in 1964 Macquarie University is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Located in one of the largest business and technology precincts in the southern hemisphere, the school serves more than 40,000 students enrolled in hundreds of programs through dozens of departments and schools. Macquarie University’s Graduate School of Management is AACSB-accredited.
Founded in 2012, Coursera is a platform where anyone, anywhere can learn and earn credentials from the world’s top universities and education providers. The platform has more than 150 university partners, over 2,700 courses, more than 250 specializations, more than four degrees, and over 35 million learners.
Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio & Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
Marietta College and Marshall University (MU) have signed an agreement that allows Marietta college students to use Business Foundation classes to fulfill course requirements for the Online MBA at Marshall University's Lewis College of Business. Students with a grade of “B” or higher in nine Business Foundation courses (seven from the Department of Business & Economics and two from the Department of Math, Computing & Information Systems) can now use those courses to shorten their time to earn the AACSB-accredited Marshall Lewis Online MBA.
In an MU News Center report, Marietta College Provost Dr. Janet Bland said:
“We are very excited about this new partnership with Marshall. We think it will be a great opportunity for our students.”
McCoy Professor Grace Johnson, Marietta’s faculty contact for the program, added that, “there are many reasons for Marietta College students to seriously consider the Marshall Online MBA program.” She cites “the high quality of Marshall’s business school faculty and courses, its experiential learning opportunities, the flexibility of an Online MBA, and the affordable cost of the program as benefits.”
The MU Lewis Online MBA consists of 36 credit hours of study. The rigorous program highlights an emphasis placed on applying theory into real-world practice, courses taught by the same “high-caliber” faculty members that also teach on-campus, and provisional admission for applicants with a GPA below 3.0. Interested individuals can apply for admission to the MU Lewis Online MBA program now.
Originally established as the Muskingum Academy in 1797 and Chartered in 1835, Marietta College serves 1,175 students from 31 states (including Puerto Rico) and six countries. Marietta offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in areas ranging from fine arts to leadership to petroleum engineering. Marietta College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association.
Founded as Marshall Academy in 1837, Marshall University serves approximately 13,259 students enrolled in around 120 programs through nine colleges and schools. The school is accredited as an institution of higher learning by The Higher Learning Commission and Lewis College of Business is AACSB-accredited.
SP Jain School of Global Management, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, and Sydney
SP Jain School of Global Management has announced the launch of a unique technology initiative “Engaged Learning Online (ELO).” The initiative aims to bring the on-campus learning experience online. The first program to be launched through the initiative is the school’s part-time Executive MBA (EMBA). There are no campus requirements for the fully online program, so students can log in from anywhere in the world (in real-time) and receive all of the benefits of an SP Jain on-campus education.
According to a recent Human Resources Magazine article, an SP Jain release said:
“This helps empower professionals who balance their time between work, social commitments, and career developments.”
ELO utilizes a blend of emerging technologies to bring in the thoroughness of in-class interaction online. This means, students will have the ability to interact with faculty, network and share ideas with peers, collaborate on assignments, debate, and work in teams to solve business problems.
Other SP Jain innovations include the Engaged Learning Classroom (ELC). The new app is aimed at “increasing engagement between faculty and students.” Utilizing the app, students can virtually raise their hands to ask questions, participate in quizzes and polls, message faculty, and assemble in team rooms. ELC also offers access to advanced note-taking features such as recording, composing, and sharing documents in real time. Classes for the new SP Jain Online MBA begin December 18, 2018 and admissions are currently open.
SP Jain School of Global Management was established in 2004. More than 120 students enroll in the school annually and all undergraduate, post-graduate, and executive education programs are taught by international faculty drawn from institutions such as Cambridge, Duke, Harvard, and Oxford.
Australia SP Jain is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia; U.A.E. SP Jain is licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Government of Dubai, and Singapore SP Jain is licensed through the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Council for Private Education (CPE) in accordance with the Private Education Act, as Private Education Institution.
University of Iowa, Iowa City and Des Moines, Iowa
University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business has announced that after 40 years in existence, the school has revamped its EMBA Program in an effort to accommodate working business professionals with busy lifestyles. The announcement follows the launch of the Professional Iowa Online MBA, which begins in August 2019. The Hybrid Online EMBA, which also begins next fall, provides a flexible “16-month track to completion, in-person classes on Fridays and Saturdays only, and strictly online courses in the summer,” reports The Daily Iowan.
Professor Amy Colbert, Executive Officer in the Management and Organizations Department explained that the changes to the EMBA program allows the school to “meet students where they are.”
“These are working professionals,” she said, “and one of the joys of teaching working professionals is they come with their own challenges that are relevant to the class.” In addition, “with an average student age of 40, the executive MBA program brings in not only a wide array of ages and professional development but also a wide range of careers,” she said.
Professionals interested in the revamped Hybrid Online EMBA or the newly launched Professional Iowa Online MBA (45 credits, 15 online courses, two years) may apply for both programs now.
Founded in 1847, University of Iowa is the state's oldest institution of higher education. The school serves approximately 33,564 students enrolled in more than 200 majors, minors and certificate programs, and more than 100 areas of graduate study through 12 colleges and academic units. The University of Iowa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and Tippie College of Business has been fully accredited by the AACSB since 1923.