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EMBA program moves up in latest FT ranking

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The Freeman School executive MBA program moved up a spot in the latest Financial Times ranking of the world’s top executive MBA programs.

In the latest Financial Times ranking of executive MBA programs, the Freeman School’s EMBA program is ranked 74th in the world and 25th among U.S. programs.

The Freeman School’s executive MBA program is now ranked 74th in the world and 25th among U.S. programs. The ranking was published Oct. 24 in Financial Times and on FT.com.

Financial Times ranks executive MBA programs on measures of alumni success, school diversity and quality of faculty. Three years after finishing the program, graduates of the Freeman School’s executive MBA program earn an average salary of $167,458 per year, an increase of 54 percent over their pre-EMBA salary. In addition, the Freeman School ranked 19th among the top 100 in the category of work experience, which measures the previous experience of EMBA participants according to criteria including seniority of positions held, number of years in each position, size of company and any international work experience prior to starting the EMBA.

To see the full executive MBA ranking online, visit FT.com. To learn more about the Freeman School’s executive MBA programs in New Orleans and Houston, visit http://emba.tulane.edu.

 


Business world gets smaller during international seminar

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

From human rights violations in China to political oppression in the Middle East to arrogance and decadence in the U.S., international news media broadcast negative images of cultures around the world on a daily basis, but according to a group of Freeman School executive MBA students, those stereotypes have little to do with reality.

International Intensive Week Seminar

Executive MBA students from New Orleans, Houston, Chile, China, Greece and the United Arab Emirates came together as one class for this year's International Intensive Week Seminar.

“When you get into a class like this, with people from similar educational backgrounds, you realize we’re all just normal people,” says Dan Gaines, a solutions engineer with Adecco iSolutions in Houston. “The way things are sensationalized in microcosm is not really the way things are in the macro environment.”

Gaines was one of 126 executive MBAs from New Orleans, Houston, Chile, Greece, China and the United Arab Emirates who came together in January for this year’s EMBA International Intensive Week Seminar.

Since 2006, the Freeman School has combined students from its executive MBA programs around the world for a week of intensive classes and extracurricular activities focused on international team building and leadership. The students share a classroom for two courses—Managing People Internationally and Leadership and Ethics—and work on assignments together as part of multinational teams.

“Business is global, and part of doing business is understanding your market,” says Russ Robins, associate dean for executive education and organizer of the annual event. “To the extent you’re dealing with people from another culture, you’d better get exposed to the way they think.”

This year marked the first time that students from a predominantly Muslim country participated in the seminar. The 21 visiting students from Abu Dhabi University required a few special accommodations—such as prayer rooms and halal meals—but according to many of the participants, what was most striking about the week wasn’t the differences between cultures but rather the similarities.

“We all care about our families and our countries and our people,” says Leonardo Gonzalez, one of the students from Chile. “Those things are the same for all us. I think we have more similarities than differences.”

EMBA students Jennifer Fredericksen, Dan Gaines, Clayton Smith, Refaat Aboukowik and Leonardo Gonzalez work on a case during January's intensive week seminar.

“We’ve done exercises where we’ve taken votes and nine times out of 10, we’re pretty much in agreement with how we see things,” adds Clayton Smith, one of the students from Houston. “We’ve had a few disagreements along the way, but they were constructive disagreements.”

“Different backgrounds and different cultures relate to difference decisions,” says Refaat Aboukowik, one of the students from Abu Dhabi University. “I think we all had generalizations and stereotypes about what other cultures think, but this was the first time we were able to have a real exchange.”

Perhaps surprisingly, the disagreements over how to handle situations presented in the cases often boiled down to corporate differences rather than cultural.

“It’s more organizational culture—where we work, how things are done at our organizations, and what the code of ethics is,” says Jamil Al Turk, one of the Abu Dhabi students. “Of course your own values and where you come from are part of it, but I think most of it is the influence of the organizational culture.”

It’s that kind of insight that makes the International Intensive Week Seminar one of the executive MBA program’s most popular events.

“When we poll our students, this is always one of the best-rated events,” Robins says. “It’s really eye opening for them.”

International Intensive Week Seminar Class Photo

This year's Executive MBA International Intensive Week Seminar combined students from the U.S., Chile, China, Greece and the United Arab Emirates.


Financial Times ranks EMBA program among world’s best

Monday, October 25th, 2010

In its latest survey of executive MBA programs at the world’s leading business schools, Financial Times has ranked the Freeman School’s EMBA program 75th in the world and 35th among U.S. business schools. The ranking appeared in the newspaper and on FT.com on Oct. 25.

Finanial Times RankingsFinancial Times bases its ranking on measures of alumni success, program diversity and quality of faculty. Graduates of Freeman’s EMBA program reported an average salary of $159,592 three years after completing the program, and graduates experienced a 45 percent increase in average salary compared with levels prior to entering the program. Freeman’s executive MBA program also earned relatively high marks for both international course experience, which refers to the percentage of classroom teaching hours that are carried out outside the country in which the business school is situated, and aims achieved rank, which refers to the extent to which alumni fulfilled their most important goals or reasons for doing an EMBA.

To see the full executive MBA ranking online, visit FT.com. To learn more about the Freeman School’s EMBA program, visit www.emba.tulane.edu.


Executive MBA program ranked among top 25 in U.S.

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The Freeman School jumped seven spots in the latest Financial Times ranking of executive MBA programs. Freeman’s EMBA program is now ranked 64th in the world and 22nd among U.S. programs.

Financial Times ranked Freeman's EMBA program 22nd in the U.S.

Financial Times ranked Freeman's Executive MBA program 22nd among U.S. programs.

Financial Times bases its ranking of executive MBA programs on measures of alumni success, program diversity and quality of faculty. Graduates of Freeman’s executive MBA program reported an average salary of $163,859 three years after completing the program, and graduates experienced a 50 percent increase in average salary compared with their levels prior to entering the program. In addition, Freeman’s faculty ranked 55th internationally in research according to the number of publications in 40 top-tier academic and practitioner journals.

“We bring great students into our program and pair them with great professors,” says Russ Robins, associate dean for executive education. “Students integrate new insights into their decision-making and as the curriculum progresses, application to work projects becomes more sophisticated and more meaningful. In one to three years, we can clearly see and quantify the value added.”

To see the full ranking, visit http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/emba-rankings.



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