August 11, 2009

By Paul Feinberg

LOS ANGELES -- Two groups of students attending the UCLA - National University of Singapore (NUS) Global Executive MBA program arrive in Los Angeles later this month, one seeking to fulfill their final requirements for graduation and attend commencement, the other participating in the second of what will ultimately be six modules of class work.

The UCLA-NUS program allows participants to earn two, world-class MBA degrees, one from UCLA Anderson and the other from the National University of Singapore Business School. The program's singular format comprises six, two-week sessions in a fifteen month span. Students attend the first and fifth sessions in Singapore, the second and sixth in Los Angeles, the third session in Shanghai, and the fourth in Bangalore. The upcoming Los Angeles session, which begins August 16, 2009, is the sixth (and final session) for the Class of 2009 and simultaneously the second session in the program for the Class of 2010.

All told, seventy-one students will participate in the two-week Los Angeles sessions, with 45 of them receiving their diplomas at session end. The seventy-one students represent eighteen countries, including Austria, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States and Taiwan.

"In today's challenging economic environment, the deep global learning provided by the UCLA-NUS program is particularly valuable. Our participants tell us that they see immediate benefits of the global perspective, on a variety of levels. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for them to apply classroom lessons in the board room when they return to work after a session", " said Chris Erickson, senior associate dean for global initiatives and academic director of the UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA program.

Michael Berchtold ('87) To Deliver UCLA-NUS Commencement Address
The UCLA-NUS EMBA program has also announced that Michael Berchtold ('87) will deliver the UCLA-NUS commencement address on August 29, 2009. Berchtold is a private investor, who retired from Morgan Stanley in early 2007 after working for the company since 1987.

Berchtold worked in a variety of investment banking roles in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong and was based in Asia between 1990 and 2006. During this time, Berchtold advised on M&A transactions and capital raisings for private companies and government-controlled entities throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Between 1999 and 2006, he was Morgan Stanley's Head of Investment Banking for Asia Pacific. Over these seven years, Morgan Stanley was recognized three times as the region's Investment Bank of the Year by Finance Asia. Berchtold also served as President of Morgan Stanley's Asia Pacific business from 2003 through 2006. While living in Hong Kong, Berchtold served on the General Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

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