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CEIBS & IESE to Open Cross-Continental EMBA: MBA News Snippets

CEIBS and IESE joint EMBA

CEIBS and IESE announce joint executive MBA program

A further addition to the repertoire of collaborative programs between Eastern and Western business schools comes with the announcement of a new joint executive MBA program from Spain’s IESE Business School and China’s CEIBS.

The executive MBA program, set for its first intake in January, will be 18 months in length and is to have a strong focus on global issues, with plans to make full use of the schools’ combined campus posts in North America, Latin America and Africa, as well as in China and Europe.

At the same time, CEIBS has formed an executive education partnership with the Lorange Institute in Switzerland. This linkup has a particular eye on preparing leaders of Chinese organizations for international expansion, with CEIBS’s president telling the Financial Times of his belief that although only about 10% of China’s leading companies had already committed to operations outside of the country, many more are poised to do so in the coming decade.

Hult and Ashridge Business School alliance formalized

A planned merger between Hult International Business School and Ashridge Business School has taken a step forward after the schools received legal confirmation of their alliance.

The alliance, first announced last summer, comes with a view to working towards merging operations.

In coming together, Ashridge and Hult International Business School intend to expand their program offerings at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to develop new online options and to increase the global reach of Ashridge Business School’s executive education offerings. There is also to be a research focus on corporate needs and the effectiveness of management education as a means of ensuring the relevancy of its programs and training.

Students to manage social impact fund at UNC Kenan-Flagler

UNC Kenan-Flagler is to add a social impact fund to its portfolio of student-run investment funds by putting US$250,000 of public equity in the hands of MBA students and undergraduates at the school.

The social impact fund will be managed according to socially responsible investment principles (SRI), with an expected launch date in the academic year, 2015-16.

“This social impact fund is a wonderful intersection of areas for which UNC Kenan-Flagler has a long track record of excellence: investment management, sustainability and real-life learning. Our students will be able to test their hypotheses about what makes one company better than another using the triple bottom line as the metric,” explained, Carol Hee, director of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise in a press release.

Student-run funds are used as an experiential learning resource at the school and are said to be worth a total of more than US$12 million, with each individual fund having its own particular focus.

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