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

By Essec, PRNE
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CERGY, France, December 16, 2010 - 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

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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