ESSEC's Innovative new Global MBA Program Prepares High-potential Leaders for Emerging Market Challenges

Dec 14, 2010, 09:00 ET from ESSEC

CERGY, France, December 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ESSEC Business School is launching a new MBA which focuses on providing professionals with unique insights into current critical global challenges such as energy, health care and transportation in emerging markets. The school will welcome its first intake of students - composed of 30 to 50 people - in September 2011.

The 12-month MBA programme will include networking seminars; experiential learning trips to emerging markets such as Africa, India or China; and study trips to Singapore and Eastern Europe. A final 3-week cross-disciplinary project, the Capstone Seminar, will allow students to integrate what they've learned throughout the MBA.

"The ESSEC Global MBA is designed to expand knowledge with an experiential learning method that continuously challenges participants. The programme will unleash their critical thinking and creative abilities," says Ashok Som, Associate Dean of ESSEC Business School.

The philosophy of the MBA is to prepare professionals for today's economic challenges. It prioritizes exploration of "New Frontier" topics including energy, CSR and ethical issues, new technology management, transportation, water, health care, education and urbanization and the role of government, especially in the areas of private-public partnerships.

All of the elements of the programme are planned to coincide with the natural learning process: absorption through mandatory and elective coursework, networking with professionals, integration of what has been learned through two study trips, implementation/practice during an experiential learning project in emerging markets and orchestration through the Capstone Seminar. Throughout, students will have access to mentoring and career planning.

"We are very selective in our choice of participants. We will provide varied career placement tools needed from day one to the participants so that they are able to achieve their goals before they graduate from the program," says Som.

ESSEC will also put at the students' disposal a variety of seminars on topics explored within the school's many specialized chairs. Students may elect to take seminars in, for example, Family Firms and the Luxury Business, Sports Marketing Insights, Health Economics and Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Development, Design and Construction, Service Innovation Strategy, Role of Media in the 21st Century and Diversity and Performance.

Incoming students will ideally have had an average of 6 years of professional experience with 2 years in a managerial position, says Som.

"The fast-track program provides a unique opportunity for seasoned professionals to return to employment as they gain new knowledge to advance their careers. It is much more than an MBA. It will grant the participants the ability to change."


ESSEC, Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales [Higher Institute of Economic and Commercial Sciences], founded in 1907, is one of the world's top management schools. With 4,200 students, a wide range of management training programmes, partnerships with the world's greatest universities, a network of 35,000 alumni, a Faculty comprising 135 full-time professors, recognized both for the quality and influence of their research, ESSEC continues to foster a tradition of academic excellence and a spirit of openness in the fields of economics, social sciences and innovation. For further information:

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