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December 7, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
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Kean University Launches a Global M.B.A. Program

UNION, N.J. ––A recent study by a major consulting firm among high-level executives from more than 500 corporations found that 57 percent believed that their organizations’ ability to expand globally is constrained by a shortage of managers with global expertise. Kean University has responded to this need by developing a unique Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Global Management (G.M.). The program was formally approved by the New Jersey Presidents’ Council on October 18, and has begun to accept applications for the first class that will start in September 2005.

“Most institutions offer a general M.B.A. degree and provide, as an option, a concentration in international business,” said Dr. David Shani, the M.B.A.-G.M. program director. “Our program is different. It is not a concentration, but rather a specialized degree, offering a wider and deeper selection of globally focused courses, experiences, and training in business issues, problems, and opportunities. The objective is to graduate students who possess a true global mind set. While there is so much we can import from the globe into the classroom, building a true global mindset requires the students to experience the global environment. Thus, crucial components of the program include mandatory global experience via study abroad, global internships or international learning business tours, as well as an exit requirement of proficiency in a second language.”

Other distinctive components of the Kean program are core knowledge in key business disciplines such as marketing, accounting or finance; advanced knowledge in global-management issues; and participation in a global business-simulation game against teams from more than 50 countries. Together, these requirements provide graduates with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to manage multicultural and multinational workforces effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

The program will be highly selective and taught by qualified faculty that specialize in the various issues of global management to provide the necessary mentoring and attention required for developing each student’s global mindset and leadership skills. Course scheduling is flexible enough to allow students to hold full-time jobs while pursuing a graduate degree through evening and Saturday classes, as well as accommodating students who wish to attend full time.

Applications for the fall 2005 term are now being accepted. Complete program information can be found on the Nathan Weiss Graduate College Web site at www.kean.edu/~globalmba or at the Office of Graduate Admissions, Townsend Hall, Room 126. For more information, call (908) 737-3398 or send an e-mail to globmba@kean.edu.