The MIT Sloan School of Management last week announced it has formed a partnership with Turkey’s Sabanci School of Management. For the next five years, Sabanci executive MBA students will be invited to take classes at MIT, and MIT Sloan faculty will teach courses at Sabanci’s Istanbul campus.
This marks MIT Sloan’s first partnership in the Middle Eastern region. The school already has affiliations with programs in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Korea.
Each year, Sabanci will send 50 of its executive MBA students to Cambridge for two weeks, to learn more about business in the U.S. They will visit Boston-area businesses and attend lectures at MIT Sloan. The visiting students will also be eligible to apply to MIT Sloan’s two-semester Master of Science in Management Studies program.
By sending faculty to Sabanci as guest lecturers, the MIT Sloan community hopes to strengthen its knowledge of Turkey and the region, as well as “deepen its ties with the worldwide academic community,” according to an MIT Sloan press release.
Said MIT Sloan dean David C. Schmittlein:
“As a leading educational institution in an exciting and rapidly developing region, Sabanci University was an excellent choice for MIT Sloan’s first collaboration in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. We are honored to have the opportunity to engage with Sabanci’s outstanding faculty and students with the shared and mutually beneficial goal of transforming global management practice.”
No word yet on whether the partnership will provide opportunities for MIT Sloan students interested in Middle Eastern business culture to travel to Sabanci. Other North American MBA programs that offer students the chance to attend exchange programs with universities in the Middle East include the Kellogg School of Management, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.