Students in the Rosenfeld Library

July 22, 2010

LOS ANGELES - Representatives from 51 technology-focused companies based around the world arrived at UCLA Anderson School of Management today to participate in the launch of the 13th Annual Global Access Program (GAP). GAP is an intensive six-month course in which teams of Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) students create a comprehensive business plan aimed at leading a company to the next stage of corporate development.

As the capstone of the FEMBA degree, GAP is a unique opportunity for students in their final year to apply their Anderson education in a dynamic, challenging and unpredictable setting. GAP consists of two courses for which students receive ten units.

"GAP is often the most memorable experience students have in the FEMBA Program," said Faculty Director Bob Foster. "It challenges them to do the primary and secondary research needed to give clients new strategic insights into their firms and industries. Then, they are asked to apply their analytical and communication skills in a fast-paced team environment."

Each team spends upwards of 16 hours meeting with company representatives to gain an understanding of the firm's products, markets and operations. Then they define the project scope and research plan. By the culmination of the program, each student will have dedicated some 500 hours to their GAP project.

This year's launch event attracted more than 125 participants representing 51 companies and 9 partner organizations. These companies are based in Australia, Brazil, Finland, South Korea, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The industries represented by this year's participants include medical devices, green tech, manufacturing, RFID and software solutions.

Company representatives will return to UCLA Anderson in December when the student teams make presentations to their clients, UCLA Anderson faculty and a panel of industry experts.

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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