College of Management Launches Global Executive MBA
First Class Begins Fall 2005
Georgia Tech's College of Management is joining forces with business schools in France and Argentina to offer a Global Executive MBA degree. This executive degree is offered through a collaborative effort, known as the "GlobalTeam EMBA," between the College of Management at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the ICN école de management in Nancy, France, and the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) in Argentina. Applications for fall 2005 are now being accepted.
The majority of international MBA degrees are developed and administered by one university with a strong emphasis on international business in conjunction with an international residency. The collaborative Global Executive MBA degree is offered in a different format, designed to be a truly international learning experience, including four residencies -- two at Georgia Tech and one each in Nancy and Buenos Aires -- during the 17-month program.
All three partner schools focus on technology and how it affects innovation and change. The goal of the Global Executive MBA program is to fine-tune the skills and knowledge of executives who deal with global business issues or those who want to shift their career toward international business.
"The concept of the Global Executive MBA is to give executives who work on a global scale a better understanding about managing innovation and change amid the technical sophistication and complexity of business today," says Nate Bennett, senior associate dean, Georgia Tech College of Management. "The program will provide ample opportunity to attend classes, visit companies, and experience cultural events in all three locations. Most importantly, they'll become part of truly international student teams."
Each school will recruit a class of executives who will meet at Georgia Tech for two weeks to kick-off the program. Afterwards, they will return to their home campuses for a semester taught by local faculty and structured in an every-other-weekend executive format. All of the students will take the same classes, receiving face-to-face instruction while working virtually with their classmates around the globe.
"We're blending the best of distance learning with the richness of face-to-face instruction," says Bennett.
The second semester will begin with a two-week residency in Nancy, and the third semester will begin with a two-week residency in Buenos Aires. Participants will then return to Georgia Tech to finish their coursework and graduate the last week of the final semester. Another unique feature of the degree is that students from ICN and ITBA will earn a Georgia Tech degree in addition to one from their home school. Students based at Georgia Tech will earn a master's from one of the international schools in addition to a Georgia Tech degree, giving them a competitive advantage on their resumes, particularly if they are focused on a global career.
For more information, visit Georgia Tech's Global Executive MBA Program at http://mgt.gatech.edu/exec_ed/gemba.html or call the Huang Executive Education Center at 404.385.2254.