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Bradley University faculty have adapted to distance learning, and the 13th cohort of the Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA Program is making great progress. In response to COVID-19, the program has gone virtual for the remainder of spring and summer with hopes to return to the University’s new state-of-the-art Business and Engineering Convergence Center on campus in the fall.  The program also looks forward to some delivery changes for the next cohort starting in fall 2022, which will include weekly online meetings in between monthly sessions on campus.

Starting in fall 2020, the Goizueta Business School at Emory University will deliver its Executive MBA Program in two formats to expand flexibility for students.

The program will offer the single curriculum in an on-campus format with classes every other weekend and a hybrid format that delivers six hours of course content online each week and includes three weekends of on-campus per semester. When students in the hybrid format come to campus, they will attend class with their counterparts in the on-campus format, giving all students more opportunities to grow their professional networks.

Regardless of format, all students will take the same courses, be taught by the same faculty, and receive the same Career Management Center support. Both formats will also include intensive leadership development with executive coaching and networking events that bring together all Executive MBA students.

“We were really focused on making our programs more accessible and convenient for busy working professionals who already have extraordinary demands on their time,” says Ed Leonard, senior associate dean of Graduate Education. “By offering an on-campus and a hybrid format, we’re giving students the flexibility to earn their MBAs in a way that best fits their needs. We’ll also be bringing students in both formats together three times each semester. That will help build an atmosphere of community and also enrich the classroom experience because we’ll have more students and greater diversity of thought.”

Goizueta also has relaxed the employment requirement for its EMBA Program to accommodate those who have recently lost their job or anticipate losing their job due to the current global pandemic and economic crisis. The program will continue to look for a strong history of professional growth and impact. The next application deadline is June 25, 2020, and application fees will be waived for the remainder of the application cycle.

FDC has unveiled a number of initiatives to support EMBA students, alumni, organizations, and the community at large.

  • FDC opened its digital platform COM:munity to Brazilian society. Since March 23, FDC has conducted free webinars on its YouTube channel, offering knowledge about management, entrepreneurship, leadership, finance, innovation, as well as other issues of importance to companies and professionals in a time of such uncertainty. A video playlist also was created with a focus on public management topics.

    In 30 days, FDC’s YouTube subscriber base grew 70 percent, from 9,400 subscribers to 16,000 subscribers. FDC has made 27 free webinars available to the public, who watched them and other videos more than 95,000 times.

  • To help deal with uncertainties in times of crisis and support new skills and ways of thinking, FDC launched YOU IN FOCUS, videos with personal development lessons from professors, coaches, and experts.

  • EMBA students can participate in a new offering, MBA Talks. Through this initiative, a professor talks to small groups of students through online chat about topics and issues that will help them face their many challenges during this time. Students have discussed topics such as marketing, innovation, finance, and leadership and people management in times of crisis.

  • FDC also is bringing companies together to share and generate insights and solutions in a joint and collectively structured way. With a professor as moderator, representatives of 10 pre-selected companies discuss strategies and alternatives to deal with the moment.

  • FDC alumni are involved as well. FDC invited top Brazilian and multinational CEOs to speak with a limited number of alumni. Eduardo Fischer Teixeira de Souza, CEO of MRV, the largest Brazilian construction company, was the first interviewed. FDC also posted the conversation on the FDC YouTube channel. Alumni will conduct interviews every two weeks as part of this initiative.

  • Another FDC initiative, FDC Empreenda – EM:FRENTE assists some one million low-income entrepreneurs by creating a network of supporters; by developing a “Support an Entrepreneur” channel, inspired by the current “Mentor For Prosperity,” which receives donations; and by providing virtual training for alumni and other stakeholders to act as mentors to low-income small business entrepreneurs.

  • FDC hosted a number of webinars focused on the challenges of leadership in times of COVID-19. For example, Professors Edgard and Peter Schein, father of organizational culture studies, talked about humble leadership in times of COVID-19. FDC also hosted Professor Henry Mintzberg for a fireside chat on Managing in Times of COVID-19 and Professor Jonathan Gosling, who talked about leadership, power, and reflection in the age of COVID-19.

With the safety of INSEAD candidates and the entire INSEAD community worldwide as the top priority, INSEAD has adjusted its admissions procedures.

Prospective students can apply for all INSEAD master programs without a GMAT, GRE, or EA score, with the option to submit a score when possible. Alternatively, INSEAD also accepts the respective Test-At-Home versions of these tests, and the INSEAD Assessment and admissions interviews are now available fully online. In addition, INSEAD has postponed upcoming application deadlines to support applicants who are experiencing difficulties because of the COVID-19 situation. For more updates, visit here.

In addition, INSEAD alumni are working to support those at the frontlines of COVID-19.

Alumni of the INSEAD MBA, Global Executive MBA and Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) brought together a global network to raise funds and support frontline medics in need. The initiative began with a few MBA alumni.

In January 2020, when the outbreak started in China, two alumni raised 490,000 RMB and sourced medical supplies globally to help healthcare workers in China in their battle against COVID-19.

On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak became severe in Italy, and two Italian alumni initiated fund-raising efforts to support hospitals in Northern Italy.

INSEAD National Alumni Associations and TIEMBA chapters endorsed the efforts. A team of 20 INSEAD and TIEMBA alumni from Europe to China joined Project Green for Impact, which raised EUR 62,361 from 403 donors as of April 6. The funds are used to purchase and donate medical materials.

Project Green for Impact by INSEAD alumni will continue the fund-raising efforts, increasing the overall target to EUR 100,000. The additional funds would allow Green for Impact to buy approximately 35,000 masks and 2,900 Tyvek suits or 50 non-invasive ventilators.

IESE Business School has launched a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Future of Management Initiative, a multidisciplinary project that will look at how artificial intelligence is impacting management and prepare executives to put Al to use in their companies in an ethical and socially responsible way.

Like electricity a century ago, the overarching technology of artificial intelligence will touch every sphere of economic activity and place new demands on managers. IESE’s new Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Management Initiative will meet those needs for research and education efforts by:

  • Pursuing research that managers can put into action to lead their organizations and to strengthen the society in which they operate, through academic research, academic conferences, and speaker series

  • Educating current and future managers on how to navigate the changes through IESE’s extensive range of programs, from short, focused courses to longer programs, such as the MBA and Executive MBA

  • Engaging the broader business, academic, and policymaking communities to promote the ethical use of technology and sense of responsibility toward those affected by the changes, through articles, workshops, and outreach programs

“AI is as much a management challenge as it is a technological challenge,” says Dean Franz Heukamp. “With this initiative we want to help current and future managers, as well as policy makers, face the challenges AI presents, enabling them to shape the ways AI is used and ensure that it’s a force for good in society.”

Led by Professor Sampsa Samila, the initiative will bring together the work of IESE professors across a range of departments. Current research areas include the use of AI in companies, the impact of industrial automation, and changing skill demands in the labor market. IESE also now offers the program Artificial Intelligence for Executives, and students in many of the school’s programs can opt to take AI-related courses.

Kelley School of Business at Indiana University received a $16 million gift from the Brian and Sheila Jellison Family Foundation to support free enterprise, financial literacy, and lifelong learning.

The Jellison Foundation hopes to inspire Kelley students from the start of their academic career and increase the global reach for the school through leading-edge technologies. Brian D. Jellison, a 1968 IU graduate and former CEO of Roper Technologies, created the foundation with his wife, Sheila, and their three daughters before he passed in November 2018.

Proceeds from the gift will support two major initiatives and two other priorities:
$10 million will go toward creating state-of-the-art studios and virtual classrooms. The Brian D. Jellison Studio Classroom will offer online students in the Kelley Direct MBA and MS degree programs and the school's Executive Degree Programs the experience of being in a live classroom with their peers. The studios will benefit all programs as instructors create new course content and use advanced pedagogical techniques.

In addition, $5.8 million will support the Brian D. Jellison Living Learning Center, a residential program that currently helps 550 freshman business students each year to identify their strengths, interests, and talents through special programs, study groups, and travel opportunities.

The gift also provides $100,000 to create the Brian D. Jellison Financial Literacy course series. Intended for a broad audience, the courses will be offered at no cost through edX.
Finally, in support of the school's efforts to encourage global student experiences, the Jellison Family Foundation is donating $100,000 toward scholarships for study abroad.

"We are deeply grateful to the Jellison family for their decision to honor Brian through this lasting legacy," said Idalene "Idie" Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. "Through this significant gift, he will continue to impact Kelley School students for many years to come.”

On April 22, new participants of MBA Programs joined the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School (kmbs) community. Among them, owners and executives of Ukrainian companies, who decided to act proactively in the new environment and began the the two-year transformation of themselves and their companies.

On the first day, participants got to know each other and learned about the philosophy and values of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy community. Traditionally, they were warmly welcomed by the kmbs team and greeted by Dean Oleksandr Savruk – all in the new virtual live environment with an interactive learning format designed to educate leaders in modern reality.

“Today you have decided to join our active community, and it shows that you have accepted this crisis, realized it inside, and moved on,” said Savruk. “You have already begun to design your future and have not become a victim of circumstances. And what to do next, how to create something new in uncertain conditions — this is what we need to find out together.”

The Penn State Smeal College of Business is adding an exclusive opportunity to gain a second master’s degree, with no change in tuition, for its incoming Executive MBA class. 

Qualified applicants who enroll in the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA in Philadelphia this August may choose to complete a secondary 30- to 33-credit online master’s degree or a nine- to 12-credit online graduate professional certificate.

“We believe now is the perfect opportunity to revisit goals and reevaluate plans,” says Teresa Avery, managing director of the program. “The Smeal EMBA can prepare you for venturing down a new path or enhance your value within your current organization.”

EMBA students may apply the incentive to one of four online specialty master’s programs, all of which are led by Penn State Smeal faculty and delivered online by Penn State World Campus: Supply Chain Management, Marketing Analytics & Insights, Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship, or Strategic Management & Executive Leadership.

Alternatively, qualified students may choose one Penn State Smeal online graduate certificate from 10 specialty areas such as business analytics, business sustainability strategy, supply chain management, and more.

Students must apply and be accepted into their secondary graduate option and must complete course work within five years for a master’s or three years for a certificate after graduating from the EMBA Program. For more information, visit here or contact

Through a partnership with AGE, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School will open a classroom at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles and welcome its first Executive MBA cohort to the new location in 2021. In addition, the school launched new scholarship opportunities for students who enroll for the 2020-2021 academic year.

In other program news, current EMBA students received outstanding reviews from their recent pilot of a hands-on, Education-to-Business (E2B) project with local industry partners.

The program keeps each EMBA cohort intentionally small, enrolling roughly 20 students every fall, spring, and summer term. Smaller classes offer a personalized, high-touch experience. Pepperdine Graziadio assigns an executive coach to each cohort. The executive coach offers a wealth of valuable industry experience, mentorship, and networking opportunities that comes from their own professional and educational successes. Learn more about the Pepperdine Executive MBA Program here.

With COVID-19 resulting in the cancellation of study abroad programs throughout the world, Saint Louis University explored an alternative for second-year students.

Students must complete the global immersion course to receive their diplomas, so the program quickly started looking for alternatives and options. The program’s partners at Austral Ltd. offered a great solution: a module that includes several company presentations and a consulting project for senior students. It will take place in early June for several consecutive days and for a very reasonable cost. While it cannot replace on-the-ground student bonding and learning experiences, it will satisfy the requirement, students will learn about business in Latin America, and they will receive their diplomas in August.

In fall 2020, the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) Russia plans to relaunch a new Executive MBA Program with a few major developments that reflect its evolution and contemporary market needs.

The two-year Executive MBA Program of SSE Russia first debuted in 2000. Since then, the program graduated 38 EMBA groups in English and Russian.

SSE Russia bases its business model of education on communication with both a group of like-minded people and European experts. It emphasizes diversity of life and the professional experience of students, faculty, and staff.

The Executive MBA GM Program consists of 13 modules, each lasting four to six days per month, over 20 months. The new edition of the program focuses more content on the global megatrends that affect policy makers in all sectors, including digitalization, globalization, and sustainable development. Program participants will learn the basics of doing business in Russia, Stockholm, Luleå, the second largest contributor to Sweden's GDP after Stockholm, and Tel Aviv.

The new EMBA Program will emphasize even more discussions in the classroom, challenging participants to critically assess each other’s arguments as they go through business cases from around the world. Coaching in the program will help participants better understand what motivates them, their behavior in teams, and what major blind spots they may have. It also includes a joint module on cross-cultural management that brings together EMBA participants from the Stockholm School of Economics family of programs in Stockholm, Riga, and St. Petersburg. And it combines entrepreneurship and creativity with social responsibility through modules where students develop fresh ideas with design thinking and tackle field projects where they can create real change in their organizations.

For information about the program, visit here.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Center for Finance EMBA at Tsinghua PBCSF has created a sustainable e-learning platform for students and alumni by combining the educational resources of Tsinghua University and a new form of online learning.

After several weeks of planning, the center launched its first online lecture on Feb. 26. As part of a series of lectures, the center invites professors, industry professionals, and alumni representatives from a multitude of industries to discuss the macro economy, policy frontier, industry trends, and corporate response to the COVID-19 crisis. Topics covered include pandemic impact on the capital markets, new infrastructure, Internet healthcare, and online education.

Various classes and alumni groups also actively participate in many forms of virtual communication and learning activities. Since February, a total of 72 online lectures and exchanges have taken place, including student presentations, book clubs, sports meetings, and other opportunities – all allowing students to resume their studies despite being at home.

The program also continues to celebrate the success of its alumni. On March 10, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Aziz, alumnus of the Tsinghua PBCSF Belt and Road Initiative Executive MBA Program and Group CEO and executive director of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd., was appointed as Malaysia’s finance minister.

The University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Executive MBA is moving to the University’s new shared campus with Valencia College in downtown Orlando.

The UCF EMBA, along with the College of Business’ Professional MBA and professional specialty graduate business programs, will officially move to the downtown campus in fall 2020. Although the UCF EMBA has been located in Orlando’s business district since 2007, the UCF Downtown campus will provide EMBA students with a 21st-century learning environment including a new executive classroom, innovative technology, and additional student amenities.

A 15-acre campus located in Orlando’s Creative Village, UCF Downtown opened in August 2019. The campus consists of several buildings within walking distance to Orlando’s Central Business District, which offers students close proximity to job opportunities, internships, and community outreach initiatives.

The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester received a STEM designation option from the New York State Department of Education for two of its part-time programs – the Professional MBA Program and the Executive MBA Program.

Simon is the only top 50 business school in the country to offer a STEM-designated option regardless of concentration.

"Our part-time programs continue our tradition at Simon of being focused on providing students a STEM option for their studies," says Molly Mesko, executive director of Simon's Professional MBA and EMBA Programs. "Not only does this designation help our international students, but for our domestic students it signals a commitment to data-driven outcomes."

Last year, the Simon Business School was the first top 50 business school to receive a STEM designation for all concentrations in its full-time MBA programs.

"This was a natural next step," says Andrew Ainslie, dean of the Simon Business School. "We thought it was important to provide the same STEM designation to our part-time and Executive MBA students."

A STEM designation is especially important for employers who want to hire international graduates. As a graduate with a STEM designated degree, students receive an additional 24 months optional practical training, which helps to bridge the gap between a student visa and a work visa. 

Along with the STEM option, Simon Business School students in the Professional MBA Program will notice a 10 percent reduction the school's sticker price.

"We are committed to making a Simon degree as affordable as possible," says Mesko. "This sticker price, we think, will help families and businesses see real value in a Simon education."

Headed by CEO and EMBA alumnus Christian Clevenger, Integrity Laboratories is distributing a test for people possibly infected by the coronavirus.

The test uses real-time polymerase chain reaction – a sophisticated technology that makes copies of a specific RNA region in vitro and converts it to DNA – to perform rapid testing and identification of COVID-19, says Clevenger. The FDA issued Integrity Laboratories an Emergency Use Authorization to begin testing on March 16, 2020.

“During these uncertain times, Integrity Laboratories finds itself humbly focused on using our expertise and state-of-the-art technology to serve the needs of our community,” says Clevenger, who received his EMBA from the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business in 2012.

The technology can deliver testing results within six to eight hours from receipt of a specimen in the laboratory. Since receiving the emergency authorization, Clevenger says his company solely focused on meeting the needs of heroic individuals serving communities from the front lines.

“These are our first responders and the healthcare providers working to extinguish this worldwide pandemic,” he says. “Equally important, our senior citizens, who are the most vulnerable of our community, have been triaged to the top of our priority list.”

Founded in 2011 in Knoxville, Integrity Laboratories provides a range of comprehensive, cutting-edge clinical laboratory testing. The company is now dedicated to producing the COVID-19 tests to help address the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are honored to be part of the solution by being fully committed and present for our community over the coming weeks,” Clevenger says. “The state of Tennessee has a rich history of demonstrating strong resolve in times like these. Our people are resilient and never shy away from a challenge. These traits will allow our state and our nation to prevail during these unprecedented challenges.”

  • Dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Chair Maryam Alavi has been reappointed to a five-year term to lead the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech University. In addition, Vickie Thomas was named associate dean for executive education at the college. A Georgia Tech alumnus, Thomas previously worked at Coca-Cola Company and Equifax, as well as serving as innovation and entrepreneurship leader at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
  • Jacksonville University selected Barbara A. Ritter as the next dean of its internationally ranked Davis College of Business. Ritter currently serves as dean of the Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University, where she has taught management and the science of decision-making for 16 years. Ritter will join Jacksonville in July.
  • AACSB International recently named Caryn L. Beck-Dudley as its new president and CEO, effective June 2020. An experienced academic leader, management professor, and attorney, Beck-Dudley most recently served as dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, a position she has held since 2015. She succeeds Tom Robinson, AACSB president and CEO since 2015, who announced his retirement in September 2019.
  • Erika H. James has been named the next dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1. She has served as dean of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, as well as the senior associate dean for executive education at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. James will succeed Geoff Garrett, who is to become dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
  • Jay Hartzell, dean of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) will serve as the university’s interim president. Hartzell will take over for President Gregory L. Fenves who is leaving UT Austin to become president of Emory University in Atlanta.
  • Stephen Alfieri will become the director of operations for Graduate and Executive Education in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in August. Alfieri has served as the director of regional operations for Wyndham Destinations in Sevierville and previously worked at Dun & Bradstreet for several years as an associate vice president and vice president.