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Consortium meeting attracts top scholars in Latin America

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

More than 50 deans, administrators and scholars from business schools across Latin America converged on the Freeman School in March for the 13th meeting of the Latin American Research Consortium (LARC).

This year’s meeting of the Latin American Research Consortium attracted more than 50 deans, administrators and scholars from across Latin America.

The Freeman School founded the consortium in 1995 to promote scholarly research on Latin American markets and business institutions. In 2007, Freeman added a dean’s workshop to the program to enable senior administrators from member institutions to share information on program development and strategic planning.

According to John Trapani, executive director of the Goldring Institute of International Business, which organized the meeting, the consortium grew out of the Freeman School’s Latin American Faculty Development PhD Program, which was created in 1994 to enable working faculty members at top Latin American business schools to earn their doctoral degrees while maintaining full-time employment. To date, more than 65 business professors at institutions throughout Latin America have earned their PhDs from the Freeman School through the program.

“The consortium was originally conceived as a way to enable our graduates to showcase their research and network with other scholars interested in research on Latin American markets,” Trapani explains. “Since then, it’s grown to encompass almost all the leading business schools in Latin America.”

Jaynee Rivas, a professor at IESA in Venezuela, delivers a paper on international franchise systems during the consortium meeting’s management research workshop.

This year’s meeting took place on March 22 and 23 and featured participation from a dozen top universities, including Centrum Catolica (Peru), EAFIT (Colombia), ESPAE-ESPOL (Ecuador), ICESI (Colombia), IESA (Venezuela), INSPER (Brazil), ITESM Monterrey (Mexico), ITAM (Mexico), UniAndes (Colombia), University of Chile, Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala) and University of Puerto Rico.

“We’ve worked with business schools in Latin America for 20 years to develop their faculties and academic programs, and many of those schools are now accredited by AACSB, which is the goal for all business schools,” Trapani says. “For us, the consortium meeting is a way to recognize the tremendous progress all the schools are making and also show our continued commitment to the deans, the schools and the region.”

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Freeman expands relationship with China’s Zhejiang University

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Freeman School has signed an agreement with China’s Zhejiang University to begin admitting students from its School of Management to the Freeman School’s Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs.

Ira SOlomon and Xiaobo Wu

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, left, and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu signed an agreement in February outlining a host of joint programs and activities.

The new agreement, signed in February by Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu, expands a relationship the Freeman School had previously had exclusively with Zhejiang’s Honors College.

“Zhejiang University is one of the top universities in all of China, so it’s a privilege to be able to bring these outstanding students from the School of Management to the Freeman School,” said Dean Solomon. “These students will enhance the classroom environment, and they will also be great connections for U.S. students interested in learning about China and expanding their careers internationally.”

Since 2010, the Freeman School’s Zhejiang Advanced Placement Program (ZAPP) has admitted a select number of students from Zhejiang’s Honors College to the Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs each year. Under this new agreement, students from the School of Management — the Freeman School’s counterpart at Zhejiang — will now be able to gain admission to those programs as well.

The partnership doesn’t stop there. In addition to the master’s programs, Dean Solomon and Executive Dean Wu signed a memorandum of understanding outlining a host of initiatives officials at Zhejiang hope to pursue with the Freeman School, including executive MBA exchange programs, joint research activities, faculty exchanges, and new energy management and Latin American programs.

“Zhejiang is very interested in Latin America, and that’s an area we have a lot of connections in,” says John Trapani, executive director of the Freeman School’s Goldring Institute of International Business, who helped draft the agreement. “We plan to assist them in setting up programs for entrepreneurs from Zhejiang to visit entrepreneurs in the southern part of Latin America, most likely Chile and Brazil.”

Located in Hangzhou, a center of entrepreneurial activity in China, Zhejiang University is widely regarded as one of the top schools in China. In its 2011-2012 survey, QS World University Rankings ranked Zhejiang as the seventh-best university in China, and in 2011 China University Rankings named Zhejiang the top university in China.

According to Trapani, a strategic partnership is in the best interest of both institutions. “Given the growing importance of China in the world, I think it will be a great benefit for us to bring these very bright students to New Orleans and let our students bond with and become friends with them,” Trapani says. “And from the perspective of the Chinese students, they’re getting a graduate degree from a prestigious U.S. institution, and U.S. business schools still represent the gold standard for management education in China. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

If it’s Tuesday, this must be Bogota…

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

In January, 10 Freeman MBA students traveled to Bogota, Colombia, to spend a week studying global business with classmates from Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.

The students are among the first participants in the Global MBA, a new curriculum for MBA students interested in broadening their international experience and taking on leadership positions in the Americas. The program, a joint-venture of Tulane and three prestigious Latin American institutions, comprises six courses in six different countries and enables students to earn a Master of Global Management degree in addition to their MBA while being part of a unique international cohort.

The Global MBA class.”The world is globalizing,” says Shane Price (MBA ’09), one of the Freeman students enrolled in the program. “I feel like the Global MBA will make me more marketable, because more and more companies are looking internationally to grow their business.”

In addition to the 10 Freeman students, the class includes 13 students from ITAM in Mexico City, 13 from IESA in Caracas, Venezuela, and nine from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. Each student enrolled in the module is part of a multinational team with members from each of the four countries, creating a dynamic similar to what a manager might face on a multinational project.

“What makes this program unique is the international cohort,” says John Trapani, director of the Goldring Institute for International Business and one of the architects of the program. “Students can gain a greater understanding of global business by studying and interacting with international classmates than they could otherwise. And once the program is completed, each student will have an international network of colleagues in three other countries to draw upon. For students interested in working in the Americas, that’s a tremendous advantage.”

“The international cohort is what attracted me to this program,” says Christian Galvin (MBA ’08). “You’re truly part of an international team. You learn together, you’re studying and doing case projects together. You’re getting all those perspectives at once to gain a better understanding of how to approach an international project.”

“It’s really different to be in a classroom with people from other countries,” adds Teresa Davies-Martinez (MBA ’09). “Their mindsets are different and you learn a lot about the different cultures. There are even differences between the Venezuelan and Colombian students. You just learn a lot more about different places and the differences in cultures.”

In addition to the two courses already completed, the program will include upcoming courses in Paris, Shanghai or Beijing, and Sao Paulo before concluding with course on global supply chains in New Orleans in January 2009.

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