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Independence Day: US Business Schools Share Stories Of Diversity And Social Impact

Business schools in the United States have plenty of reasons to be positive, despite the political gloom

Wed Jul 4 2018


“The career advisors,” Ming says, “provided one-to-one coaching to each student regarding the company research, networks, and interview preparation through the whole recruiting process.”

The school’s International Communication Center (ICC) also provides international students with courses to improve their English-speaking skills, and to gain a deeper understanding of American culture.

Sumiran Dutta is one of Ming’s fellow international peers on the MBA at Tepper—he will begin work with Amazon in July, as a senior category merchant manager.


He too would like to remain in the US long term. “If fate deems it,” he says.

“The US has been and continues to be the center of innovation and management thought. This is reflected in the stream of new businesses and ideas continuously being developed.

“The most fertile ground for freshly minted MBAs who want to apply their learning from school and continue the sense of forward momentum [is the US].”

He echoes Ming in saying that business schools have a responsibility to equip students with the tools they need to become successful managers and global leaders—that will inevitably lead to employment, he adds.

For Sumiran, the US job market is a meritocracy. “The systems […] are fair enough for skilled and hard workers to be adequately rewarded,” he says.

“What I think will distinguish those business schools that successfully attract international students is that these schools will effectively and clearly communicate their available resources to students and how these resources have helped their candidates further themselves and their careers.”

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Global network

Going to a business school in the US is not the be-all and end-all for students wishing to gain an understanding of the American marketplace. Indeed, by working with business schools outside of the US, American-based students are immersed in multiple marketplaces, learning to work multilaterally.

The Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) is a group of 30 business schools from 28 countries, spread across Europe, The Americas, and the Asia Pacific.

Professor Sudhir from Yale School of Management says it ties into Yale’s understanding of the benefits of international collaboration. “Globalization is a big part of what we’re trying to promote, and the network gives that opportunity,” he says.

Students studying at any of the member schools can participate in week-long intensive study at any of the other institutions—HEC Paris or IE Business School in Europe, for instance, or the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in Asia.

Yale also offers a one-year Master of Advanced Management program for exceptional graduates from any of the GNAM member schools.

In today’s digitized world, business leaders also need to be able to communicate and build relationships with each other online. Small Network Online Courses (SNOCs) enable GNAM partner institutions to collaborate to offer for-credit courses virtually, delivered by a single institution.

Sudhir says that he offered an online course on mobile banking which had students from Yale working together with peers from schools all around the globe. By jointly working together on international projects and problem-solving tasks, students gained an understanding of how mobile banking works or doesn’t work in various countries.

“It doesn’t just encourage [students] to work across countries, but they also experience working in cross country teams.”

Access to US business schools is no longer restricted to America’s shores. Online MBAs are on the rise—in the most recent Online MBA ranking by the Financial Times, 14-out-of-20 programs were offered by schools based in the US—and are a great way for international students to use the education on offer at US business schools to impact their careers in their home nations.

The Online MBA at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business—ranked among the top 10 programs of its kind by US News and World Report—is a program developed for the digital age.

Working with peers all around the world, students on the program learn the skills imperative to business leaders today: entrepreneurship; cross-cultural communication; data analytics; and social media.

They also work in virtual teams, learning to build relationships and negotiate digitally with fellow future business leaders around the globe.