UCLA-UAI Memorandum of Understanding

September 24, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- In a ceremony held today at the home of UCLA's Chancellor Gene Block and witnessed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian and Dean Alfonso Gómez of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez's business school signed an agreement to create the UCLA-UAI Global Executive MBA for the Americas.

The new program brings together two internationally-renowned institutions with a dual degree executive MBA program focused on Latin America.*

"Our UCLA-UAI Global Executive MBA for the Americas program is the only trans-America program for executives who need to operate with a view of global markets, and a broader understanding of the full diversity of opportunities in the Americas," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management.  "The partnership between UCLA and UAI is built on shared excellence in business research and entrepreneurial applications, which are essential elements for all global executives operating in this part of the world."

Created for senior executives with corporate responsibilities for Latin America or the Americas, the program will offer executive MBA students the in-depth knowledge, skills and global network needed to confront regional and global business challenges. Starting in April 2011, the 15-month, part-time program will consist of six, two-week course modules held in Miami, Los Angeles, São Paulo (Brazil) and Santiago (Chile).

Similar in design to UCLA Anderson's dual-MBA program with the National University of Singapore, the UCLA-UAI Global Executive MBA for the Americas program is a strategic response to the strong economic growth in Latin America over the past decade and the region's increasing importance in the global marketplace. While UCLA Anderson has had a major presence in Latin America through exchange programs, field study opportunities and a vast alumni network, the new program offers a deeper look into the region's most critical business and organizational issues.   Courses will be taught by faculty from both UCLA Anderson and UAI, offering their expertise in such areas as operations management, technology, economics, marketing, entrepreneurship and finance.

For President Piñera, the signing ceremony was part of a series of meetings with Governor Schwarzenegger, members of the Chilean presidential cabinet and senior California state officials who gathered to discuss matters of mutual importance.

*The program is awaiting final approval from the University of California Office of the President.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "intellectual capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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