The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business strives to set the highest standards for ethical and effective business practice.
It’s one of the reasons why it’s one of the top 50 schools in the Better World MBA Ranking for sustainability by Corporate Knights. It’s also why it’s ranked the number 1 school in Canada for business and economics by Times Higher Education. UBC ranks number 1 in the world by Times Higher Education for taking urgent action to combat climate change; and 1 in Canada for creating safe, sustainable cities – for which UBC Sauder has played a key role.
“We are training tomorrow’s business leaders to tackle social and environmental challenges that are more acute and complex than ever before,” Teresa Pan, Assistant Dean of the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at UBC Sauder School of Business, says. “If they can deliver against the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – our graduates will not only be more desirable to employers, but will also have positive long-term impacts in how they run their businesses and contribute to society.”
MBAs at UBC Sauder have a plethora of opportunities to learn ethical and effective business practice.
The full-time MBA program is set up into 7 periods in 16 months. UBC Sauder offers four career tracks: finance, product and service management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and a custom track tailored to help students meet their specific career objectives.
Periods 1 and 2 feature foundation courses, integrated case days, global immersion pre- departure workshops and project work. In periods 3 and 4, MBAs take part in career track courses, electives, and travel abroad for the Global Immersion Experience, or GIE.
“A key component of the full-time UBC MBA program, the GIE allows you to go abroad and consult for a pre-selected overseas company on a real-world business challenge,” Pan says. It’s a five-month experience that starts at UBC with an introduction to the business practices and customs of a student’s host country. Once abroad, MBAs consult with a local company’s management team to help solve business problems that are unique to the company and region.
During period 5, MBAs apply what they learn through internships or entrepreneurial/industry projects. “UBC MBA students have the option of pursuing a summer internship and helping a company to develop new market opportunities and solve complex strategic problems,” Pan says. Typical internship roles can include Business Analysis & Sales Forecasting, Operations Management & Supply Chain Analysis, Project Management & Analysis, Market Research & Competitive Intelligence, and Marketing & Brand Management.
Those interested in the industry project can spend their summer developing a viable product with market testing or in-depth research. “Students have access to UBC-wide resources for mentoring and support for budding entrepreneurs, as well as the opportunity to connect with a diverse network of like-minded people from other faculties,” Pan says.
Resources include on-campus incubators, such as HATCH, UBC’s technology incubator and entrepreneurship@UBC, the school’s venture accelerator.
Periods 6 and 7 include an optional international exchange or Global Network Weeks, run by the Global Network for Advanced Management, elective courses, and the Capstone project. Global Network Weeks are a prestigious collaboration of 30 business schools from around the
world. Participating students travel to international universities, tour local businesses, and meet with local business experts. They also have access to a number of online courses that are offered by member business schools.
UBC Sauder seeks well-accomplished MBA applicants. But, more importantly, the school seeks students with an open mind, who can embrace a diverse and cosmopolitan environment.
“We seek candidates that are academically strong, have taken risks, learn from them during their career, and display key EQ competencies, such as adaptability, self-awareness, self- regulation, and optimism,” Pan says. “Students should also look forward to a learning environment that is incredibly collegial where the professors know you on a first-name basis.”