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Business schools launch exchange program

Business schools from four countries have joined together to create an exchange program for Master’s in Management students as graduates look for a more global, practically focused study experience.

SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business is one of four schools offering its Master’s in Management students the opportunity to enrol on the new course. Photo: wikimedia

Enrolling on the program will not require additional tuition fees

Imperial College Business School in London, Germany’s ESMT Berlin, SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business in Singapore and Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada will each offer four of their students the opportunity take courses at partner institutions.

“The Network furthers our mission of nurturing globally-minded future leaders of society”

The Global MiM Network will provide a “more global study experience” without the bureaucracy or the cost of a full-time overseas program, according to program developers.

Students now expect a more global, practically focused study experience in order to build necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers in international business, they added.

“In contrast to traditional exchange programs which are standard, semester-long, untailored programs, schools in the Global MiM Network are each offering different, customised experiences to participants from other schools,” Nick Barniville, associate dean of degree programs at ESMT said.

“Students can pick and choose from both academic and project-based modules of different durations at various times across the year, and will be encouraged to take multiple exchanges.”

Additionally, students will be able to undertake internships while studying at partner schools, to gain first-hand experience of international business, while broadening their options after graduation.

According to Gerard George, dean of SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business, the program, which will not require additional tuition fees, will see students “benefit from a multifaceted learning experience that fosters cultural fluency and international understanding, including the advantage of deep networks forged with peers around the world”.

“The Network furthers our mission of nurturing globally-minded future leaders of society,” George noted.

“Millennials and Gen-Z master’s students are seeking careers beyond their home country and demand a more diverse study experience that will prepare them for careers in any industry or destination,” Leila Guerra, associate dean of programs at Imperial College Business School, explained.

“By taking part in the Global MiM Network, students will greatly expand their personal and professional networks, benefit from the insights of professors at other institutions and gain a greater understanding of the cultural dynamics and challenges of working in international business.”

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