Real business experience
Business schools must manage and stay ahead of change by periodically evaluating their curriculum in the light of the dynamics in the global economy. In line with this, the Robert H Lee Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, is offering a revamped MBA structured according to the demands of the industry and the economy.
"The increasingly complex and highly volatile global marketplace demands managers who can lead transformation, embrace innovation and weather massive shifts in the business landscape . The new MBA is the result of a two-year process of consultation with business leaders, faculty, students and alumni to give students a 360-degree management perspective, extensive real-world business experience and first-hand exposure to marketplaces around the globe," says Murali Chandrashekaran, associate dean, Professional Graduate Programmes at the Robert H Lee Graduate School, Sauder School of Business , University of British Columbia, Canada.
Chandrashekaran says that in order to ensure that students are up to the challenge of a volatile global market, creativity has been made a major theme in the new MBA. Students will be pushed to explore new ways of thinking and approaching business problems to bring their best ideas to the surface. The school has started a Business Innovation career track to equip students to generate breakthrough ideas, test innovations , and create new value propositions.
He says that they identified profiles that allow managers to excel in key sectors and made those the framework for the new curriculum. Starting in fall 2012, the MBA will include a mandatory global immersion experience under which students will travel to the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B ), Copenhagen School of Business, or the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, to form teams with MBA counterparts and work for multinational companies .
This experience will push them to broaden their perspectives and expectations, and give first-hand experience conducting business in a different cultural context.
The new MBA programme will cater to students from a variety of backgrounds and work experience ranging from two to 20 years, will require GMAT score of 650 and above and fluency in English.