U of MD’s Smith School of Business Takes Global MBA to a New Level

In our recent post on Wharton and the Lauder Institute, we discussed how a number of schools have created programs to help their students become global leaders — including Stanford’s Global Management Program, HBS’ international clubs, Columbia’s Global Social Venture Competition, and Haas’ International Business Development program.

University of MD’s Smith School of Business is taking this idea to a new level by instituting a Global Consortium MBA Program, a partnership with the Management Development Institute (MDI) in India and the University of International Business and Economics in China. Students in this program will attend their home institutions for the first year, and then during the second year they will join with students from all three schools for three modules — the first in the US, the second in China, and the third in India. This is an incredible opportunity for students from all three countries to not only prepare for global leadership but also gain exposure to different cultures, business practices, and teaching methods. With expanding markets and increasing influence, China and India represent natural choices for this innovative partnership. We recently noted a posting from Rainierisms in China regarding his take on globalization as well as a post on how 25% of Tuck’s applicants were from India (not including Indian origin applicants living in the US) last year.

Smith’s Global Consortium MBA Program is just another example of some of the incredible opportunities available at business school. Again, be sure to do your homework. Often applicants will only consider two or three schools when there are many others offering unique experiences that could be the perfect fit for your goals. Spring is a great time to do this research by reading school websites, attending information sessions in your area, and going on school visits while class is still in session.

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