Fuqua Goes Global with Innovative Expansion Plan

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has announced the launch of a multinational network of campuses to conduct research and teaching activities in key economic and cultural centers of the world.

Partnerships with individuals, municipalities and organizations in New Delhi, India; St. Petersburg, Russia; Dubai, UAE; London, UK; and Shanghai, China, as well as on Duke’s campus in Durham will facilitate the simultaneous launch of the business school’s campuses in each of these five regions.

“Through this program, The Fuqua School of Business is rethinking the boundaries of business school,” Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead said during a celebration with food, music and dance that highlighted the cultures of the school’s new host countries.

“Duke’s ambitions to broaden Duke’s engagement with the world and connect our intellectual resources with each other, and with the great issues of the day, are exciting and innovative. What starts today with business education will continue as Duke extends its global reach and aspirations.”

The international programs of many American business schools are based in casual affiliations, but Fuqua’s new global plans call for a significant presence in each location, says Dean Blair Sheppard.

“The depth of our activities in each location ensures we will become truly embedded in each region. By engaging with these regions through education and research, we will be able to examine the world’s opportunities and problems, explore interdependencies between regions, create solutions to address world issues, and prepare practitioners to be change agents and informed leaders,” Sheppard explains.

Each of Fuqua’s regional campuses will support all Duke MBA programs, including the Executive MBA programs. Each also will include a Duke Corporate Education site or partnership, open enrollment executive education, at least two research centers and Fuqua faculty, as well as service learning activities tied to local needs. Duke’s commitment to civic engagement will extend to these new initiatives.

The leading activity in Fuqua’s global expansion will be The Duke MBA ”“ Cross Continent program, which begins in August 2009. This program will be held in each of the five regions before closing at the Duke campus in Durham, N.C.

For further information about the global initiative, visit Fuqua’s website.

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