Global Executive MBA for the Americas

October 03, 2011

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management has announced the launch of a dual degree executive MBA program in partnership with a leading Chilean business school, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI). Created for senior executives with professional responsibilities for Latin America or the Americas, the UCLA-UAI Global Executive MBA for the Americas program offers executive MBA students deep analytic insights and a global network of peer executives to address global business opportunities. Starting October 6, 2011, the 15-month, part-time program will be delivered over six two-week course modules held in Miami, Los Angeles, São Paulo and Santiago.

"The 'Global Executive MBA for the Americas' program is the only program of its kind for practicing executives who seek insights into global market opportunities in the Americas," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "UCLA's partnership with UAI, a leading business school in Latin America, combines the intellectual depth of faculty in both schools, with their incisive perspectives on these markets."

"The launch of the 'Global Executive MBA for the Americas' program is a strategic and timely response to the stronger role that Latin America has played over the past decade, as well as an unique opportunity to acquire the necessary competences to be an actor in the evolving role of this continent in the global marketplace," said Alfonso Gómez, dean of UAI's Business School. "While both universities have had a strong presence in Latin America through exchange programs, field study opportunities and a vast alumni network, this new program offers an in-depth look at the region's most critical business and organizational issues."

Leading the new program are faculty from both the UCLA Anderson School of Management and UAI Business School, who offer world class expertise in operations management, technology, economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, and finance. Set in four key economic hubs, the concentrated course modules accommodate the schedules of busy executives, while offering exposure to diverse and distinctive business both inside and out of the classroom. Each two-week module features content tailored to the demands of executives with global business exposure, site visits to leading businesses in the region, and guest speakers who offer extensive insights into markets and cultures in the Americas.

"The faculty of both partner schools has demonstrated a tremendous enthusiasm to contribute to this program," said Professor Dominique Hanssens, faculty director. "The program participants will be taught by leaders in their specialty. The curriculum will also contain some course modules that address strategic challenges unique to the current era, such as building sustainable enterprises and managing in the information age."

"I receive very positive responses to this program from countries where I've traveled extensively, such as Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru, among others," said Bob Pettit, Executive Director. "There is nothing like this program in the market today. Companies recognize the need for a management education that provides a global and regional orientation to provide emerging leaders the perspective and tools needed to sustain growth. This is especially true of the rising multi-national corporations known as the 'multilatinas.' Our program is ideally suited for executives who have international responsibilities in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, HR professionals see this as an excellent way to develop and retain their top talent."

The UCLA-UAI Global Executive MBA for the Americas is UCLA Anderson's second Global EMBA program. In 2003, UCLA Anderson formed a partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and launched the UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific program.

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About UCLA Anderson School of Management
Celebrating 75 years of Business Beyond Usual, UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides a distinctive approach to management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in its MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs. Combining selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 39,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

About UAI Business School
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) was ranked as the #1 business school in Latin America in 2011 by América Economía. An institution with more than half a century of tradition, UAI has been systematic in pursuing its mission: to educate young adults in the sciences so that they may contribute productively to society. To this end, it has played a leading role in the innovation of university education. UAI is leading the field in academic innovation with a successful educational model that will have a profound impact on future generations of students, due to the fact that it was designed to deal with the main characteristic of contemporary society: change. The UAI Business School provides management education to more than 3,000 students enrolled in full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs. In 2005, UAI became the first Latin American University to open a business school in the U.S.A., offering a multinational MBA program designed for the development of top executives from all over Latin America. Adolfo Ibáñez is the first Latin American university to offer an MBA program leading to an American degree.

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