NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a first-of-its-kind arrangement for both organizations, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business (www.msb.georgetown.edu) has forged a partnership with Convene (www.convene.com) to expand the university's highly regarded MBA Evening Program into Convene's newest conference center set to open shortly in Tysons, Virginia.
This arrangement, with classes slated to begin in the fall of 2014, allows Georgetown McDonough to reach a new audience of students who work in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. It also expands the school's footprint without impacting the enrollment capacity of Georgetown's Washington, D.C., campus.
Convene, the nation's fastest growing conference center network, owns and operates state-of-the-art business conference centers that provide innovative meeting rooms, integrated audio-visual support, and in-house catering – all based on its human-centered design process – that facilitates the most productive professional meetings. The company currently operates four conference centers in New York City. Its 1800 Tysons Boulevard conference center marks the start of its national expansion.
This unique partnership with Georgetown marks Convene's first, long-term lease arrangement with an educational institution. Georgetown students studying in the Tysons MBA Evening Program will experience the same curriculum taught by the same faculty main campus programs, which will uphold the high academic standards and rigor characteristic of the Georgetown MBA. Georgetown McDonough will continue to offer two sections of the MBA Evening Program on its main campus.
"Georgetown's MBA Evening Program, 11th ranked by U.S. News & World Report, is the region's highest ranked part-time MBA program. We are pleased to be working with a globally renowned institution like Georgetown and to expand our scope of services beyond corporate off-site meetings into the higher education market," said Chris Kelly, president and co-founder, Convene. "Our purpose-built training and meeting rooms, built-in technology, and in-house catering have long been enjoyed by corporations and are inherently ideal environments for classroom instruction.
Georgetown was the first university to fully recognize this potential and we hope to expand our partnership with them for the benefit of both our organizations as well as the students who will be attending classes with us."
Convene recently was named one of America's most promising companies by Forbes and New York's fastest growing company by Crain's New York Business.
"As business continues to grow in Virginia and Maryland, employers are seeking a highly skilled workforce," said David A. Thomas, dean of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. "By expanding our geographic reach, we extend access to our MBA curriculum, which prepares principled, globally minded leaders to serve business and society."
"We selected Tysons for our MBA Evening Program expansion due to its proximity to the region's business community and numerous company headquarters," said Elaine Romanelli, senior associate dean for MBA programs, Georgetown McDonough. "We are pleased to be hosting the program at Convene, which provides similar high-quality amenities that students studying on Georgetown's main campus experience. Convene's entrepreneurial mindset and human-oriented approach is a natural fit with Georgetown McDonough."
To learn more about the new Georgetown McDonough MBA Evening Program at Convene, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu/mbaep/tysons.
Convene (www.convene.com) is the leading developer, owner and operator of urban day conference centers in the United States. Its full suite of business services includes meeting and collaboration space rental, "room service building catering," audiovisual and conference planning support. Offered through various lease, joint venture and management arrangements, the company partners with landlords and tenants to enhance the quality of commercial office buildings and improve the workplace experience through better service and space design.
About Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University's connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at http://msb.georgetown.edu. Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.