UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
New healthcare track for EMBA students makes its debut
The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has launched a new Healthcare Leadership Track within its MBA for Executives Program.
During the new track, clinical researchers, practicing physicians, and medical professionals choose from a host of healthcare-focused electives that fall under two categories: Advancing the HealthCare Organization and Transforming HealthCare. While the former focuses on risk-aversion and cost management, the latter offers students a forward-thinking approach with classes such as Digital Health and Biotech & Product Development.
The track also features a Washington, D.C. residential where students meet healthcare policy advisors in the nation’s capital.
“The Washington D.C. residential was incredible, and it strengthened my knowledge of the policy issues in healthcare,” says Karen Noblett (EMBA ’19), the former chief medical officer of UC Irvine Health and the current CMO of medical device company Axonics Modulation Technologies.
The Healthcare Leadership Track helps physicians develop the leadership skills to become executives.
“The business of healthcare has grown so much that the field is looked at like it’s a business,” says Sylvia Haas, EMBA Program director. “Not only are students taught leadership in the classroom, but someone works with all students on leadership development — how to build a team and run a team.” Learn more about the Healthcare Leadership Track.
KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Indiana University receives $16 million gift
Kelley School of Business at Indiana University received a $16 million gift from the Brian and Sheila Jellison Family Foundation to support free enterprise, financial literacy, and lifelong learning.
The Jellison Foundation hopes to inspire Kelley students from the start of their academic career and increase the global reach for the school through leading-edge technologies.
Proceeds from the gift will support two major initiatives and two other priorities:
$10 million will go toward creating state-of-the-art studios and virtual classrooms. The Brian D. Jellison Studio Classroom will offer online students in the Kelley Direct MBA and MS degree programs and the school's Executive Degree Programs the experience of being in a live classroom with their peers. The studios will benefit all programs as instructors create new course content and use advanced pedagogical techniques.
In addition, $5.8 million will support the Brian D. Jellison Living Learning Center, a residential program that currently helps 550 freshman business students each year to identify their strengths, interests, and talents through special programs, study groups, and travel opportunities.
The gift also provides $100,000 to create the Brian D. Jellison Financial Literacy course series. Intended for a broad audience, the courses will be offered at no cost through edX.
Finally, in support of the school's efforts to encourage global student experiences, the Jellison Family Foundation is donating $100,000 toward scholarships for study abroad.
"We are deeply grateful to the Jellison family for their decision to honor Brian through this lasting legacy," said Idalene "Idie" Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. "Through this significant gift, he will continue to impact Kelley School students for many years to come.”
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
EMBA moves to new downtown campus
The University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Executive MBA is moving to UCF Downtown, the University’s new shared campus with Valencia College in downtown Orlando.
The UCF EMBA, along with the College of Business’ Professional MBA and professional specialty graduate business programs, will officially move to the downtown campus in fall 2020. Although the UCF EMBA has been located in Orlando’s business district since 2007, the UCF Downtown campus will provide EMBA students with a 21st-century learning environment including a new executive classroom, innovative technology, and additional student amenities.
A 15-acre campus located in Orlando’s Creative Village, UCF Downtown opened in August 2019. The campus consists of several buildings within walking distance to Orlando’s Central Business District, which offers students close proximity to job opportunities, internships, and community outreach initiatives.
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
EMBA receives STEM designation
The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester received a STEM designation option from the New York State Department of Education for two of its part-time programs – the Professional MBA Program and the Executive MBA Program.
Simon is the only top 50 business school in the country to offer a STEM-designated option regardless of concentration.
"Our part-time programs continue our tradition at Simon of being focused on providing students a STEM option for their studies," says Molly Mesko, executive director of Simon's Professional MBA and EMBA Programs. "Not only does this designation help our international students, but for our domestic students it signals a commitment to data-driven outcomes."
Last year, the Simon Business School was the first top 50 business school to receive a STEM designation for all concentrations in its full-time MBA programs.
"This was a natural next step," says Andrew Ainslie, dean of the Simon Business School. "We thought it was important to provide the same STEM designation to our part-time and Executive MBA students."
A STEM designation is especially important for employers who want to hire international graduates. As a graduate with a STEM designated degree, students receive an additional 24 months optional practical training, which helps to bridge the gap between a student visa and a work visa.
Along with the STEM option, students Simon Business School students in the Professional MBA Program will notice a 10 percent reduction the school's sticker price.
"We are committed to making a Simon degree as affordable as possible," says Mesko. "This sticker price, we think, will help families and businesses see real value in a Simon education."
NUCB BUSINESS SCHOOL
The “Monozukuri MBA” Online Course supports the development of business professionals
Drawing inspiration from its unique location, the NUCB Business School in Nagoya, Japan, is launching a 100 percent online MBA course for business professionals in a wide array of companies – from small- to medium-sized enterprises to global giants – to enhance their business management capabilities.
Nagoya serves as home of Toyota Motor Company and many manufacturing giants such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Brother Industries, DENSO, NGK Insulators, Mazak, Honda, and Sharp, among others. Because of its central location on the island of Japan, Nagoya and the Greater Nagoya Area is considered the ‘manufacturing backbone of Japan’ and is listed as #207 worldwide in economic performance index of the Global Metro Monitor 2018 from the Brookings Institution.
Japan faces both a declining birth rate and greying population while on the other hand continuous advancements in AI, robotics, automation and biotechnology are rapidly pushing the scope of ‘Industry 4.0.’ Manufacturing is now facing innovation through the process of digitization and computerization, which means managers stay competitive by recognizing the trends and using the tools to create harmony between human resources and technological capabilities. The new MBA course seeks to position students at the nexus of these two forces to help them advance their manufacturing firms in the Smart Machine age.