"Because I work in technology in Atlanta, the best educational brand for me to go with is clearly Georgia Tech," says McGuire, senior director of technology planning for Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc., who will start the 17-month Global EMBA program in the fall.
French, Argentine and other American executives will join her in her studies. The Global EMBA program, which has an application deadline of June 15, is a collaborative effort between Georgia Tech, the ICN école de management in Nancy, France, and the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, all of which focus strongly on technology. Information sessions for prospective students will be held at 11 a.m. April 2, 6 p.m. May 5 and 11 a.m. June 4.
Even if McGuire's studies weren't taking her to Buenos Aires, her job soon would because Turner is adding a facility there to its list of international locations. "The program is such a great fit for me," she says. "Our business has a global focus, so it's important that I better understand how business works not just locally, but internationally."
The goal of the Global EMBA program is to fine-tune the skills and knowledge of executives who deal with global business issues or those who want to shift their career toward international business. "The concept of the Global Executive MBA is to give executives who work on a global scale a better understanding about managing innovation and change amid the technical sophistication and complexity of business today," says Nate Bennett, senior associate dean of Georgia Tech College of Management.
"The program will provide ample opportunity to attend classes, visit companies and experience cultural events in all three locations," he says. "Most importantly, they'll become part of truly international student teams."
The breadth of international experience offered by the Global EMBA separates it from the majority of international MBA programs. Most are developed and administered by one university and offer one international residency. However, the Global EMBA includes four residencies- two at Georgia Tech and one each in Nancy and Buenos Aires.
Each school will recruit a class of executives who will meet at Georgia Tech for two weeks to kick-off the program. Afterwards, they will return to their home campuses for a semester taught by local faculty and structured in an every-other-weekend executive format. All of the students will take the same classes, receiving face-to-face instruction while working virtually with their classmates around the globe. "We're blending the best of distance learning with the richness of face-to-face instruction," Bennett says.
The second semester will begin with a two-week residency in Nancy, and the third will start with two weeks in Buenos Aires. Participants then will return to Georgia Tech to finish their coursework and graduate the last week of the final semester.
Another unique feature of the degree is that students from ICN and ITBA will earn a Georgia Tech degree in addition to one from their home school. Students based at Georgia Tech will earn a master's from one of the international schools in addition to a Georgia Tech degree, giving them a competitive advantage on their resumes, particularly if they are focused on a global career.
For more information, visit Georgia Tech's Global Executive MBA Program or call the Huang Executive Education Center at 404.894.1462 or 1.800.815.7662 (Toll Free).