GMAC Funds $7.1 Million In New B-School Ideas

3. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – ALTIS (Milan)

Embedding Entrepreneurship in African Management Education (implementation in Nairobi, Kenya)

July 2012-December 2014

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in partnership with Tanzaga College of the Catholic University of East Africa, will foster collaboration among business schools in Nairobi, Kenya, Loyola Institute of Business Administration in Chennai, India, and Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California to offer the first executive MBA in Social Entrepreneurship in Africa. The international scope of the program will enable students to form new business networks, giving them an opportunity to locate new sources of financing, customers and suppliers.

4. University of Botswana, Faculty of Business (Gaborone)

Development & Delivery of Business Education and Executive Development Programmes in the Graduate School of Business

October 2012-March 2014

The University of Botswana aims to promote and expand international graduate management education nationwide, increase program access and enhance capacity building for underrepresented populations to fuel smart business growth in Botswana and throughout the region more broadly. The University through the Graduate School of Business will develop a curriculum for Graduate Management Education and Executive Development Programs in areas that are critical to the needs of both the country and the continent. Ultimately, the program will support the continuous and long term training of the local workforce for national and regional capacity building. In addition, the program will facilitate the development of local teaching materials, business cases and simulations for business and management university coursework throughout Africa.


1. ESADE Business School (Barcelona)

The Global Integrative Module

August 2012-January 2015

The Global Integrative Module will propose a joint teaching and learning experience between ESADE and three other international business schools in the E.U., the U.S. and East Asia through an online platform. This program will require students (undergraduate, MSc and MBA) to integrate knowledge and competencies acquired in various previously pursued courses to evaluate and establish a personal position on a global management challenge. The objective is that students will be confronted with an authentic problem, whose complexity will require their addressing it from the social, political, people management and economic dimensions. Students will work in teams composed of students from different institutions (and thus from diverse cultural backgrounds) and from different academic programs (and thus of various profile and equipped with different kinds of expertise) using both conceptual and practical knowledge derived from stakeholders whom they will also be required to interview to construct their positioning on the matter. This program will be based on the transfer of educational innovation knowledge from previous success implementations of the Integrative Module in the curriculum of the Bachelor of Business Administration at ESADE, and will take place during two academic years.

2. Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management (Malibu)

Management Education Collaboration Network (MECNET)

April 2012-December 2012

The Management Education Collaboration Network (MECNET) is an online, cloud-based point of convergence for business faculty to share ideas and best practices. The program will highlight significant developments in graduate management education including new learning technologies, globalization, changing demographics and sustainability issues. This system is specifically based on the MET’s Phase I Cloud Business Networking idea. MECNET will provide the management education community with a dynamic vehicle to drive innovation regarding student learning through the sharing and exchanging of ideas. The proposed effort is built around the following three core tasks: a) Extensive literature review on collaborative learning networks; b) Detailed survey and analysis of stakeholder attitudes towards collaborative learning networks; and c) Preparation of MECNET requirements and specifications including the identification of candidate implementation vendors.

3. The Regents of the University of California, San Diego, Rady School of Management (San Diego)

A Whole New World of Opportunity: Collaboration in the Virtual World

May 2012-April 2014

This project will create a virtual campus to foster collaboration across graduate management programs internationally. Students will be able to navigate an online, interactive environment that will offer opportunities to receive coaching and attend seminars and other group learning activities. The first phase of the project will include the development and launch of the virtual environment, and the second phase will be a “soft opening” of the environment, including participation from a select number of international universities, followed by a grand opening when the platform is opened and marketed to interested universities.

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