ESSEC Business School in France has announced plans to launch a new Global MBA in September 2011. To prepare professionals for today’s economic challenges, the new program tackles so-called “New Frontier” topics including energy, CSR and ethical issues, new technology management, transportation, water, health care, education and urbanization and the role of government, especially in the areas of private-public partnerships.
The year-long MBA program will include networking seminars; experiential learning trips to emerging markets such as Africa, India or China; and study trips to Singapore and Eastern Europe. A final three-week, cross-disciplinary project–the Capstone Seminar–will allow students to integrate what they’ve learned throughout the MBA.
Ashok Som, associate dean of ESSEC Business School, says “The ESSEC Global MBA is designed to expand knowledge with an experiential learning method that continuously challenges participants. The program will unleash their critical thinking and creative abilities.”
ESSEC will also put at the students’ disposal a variety of seminars on topics explored within the school’s many specialized chairs. Students may elect to take seminars in Family Firms and the Luxury Business, Sports Marketing Insights, Health Economics and Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Development, Design and Construction, Service Innovation Strategy, Role of Media in the 21st Century and Diversity and Performance.
Incoming students will ideally have had an average of six years of professional experience with two years in a managerial position, says Som.
The school will welcome its first intake of students – composed of 30 to 50 people – next fall. “We are very selective in our choice of participants. We will provide varied career placement tools needed from day one to the participants so that they are able to achieve their goals before they graduate from the program,” says Som.