USF GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT CREATES CUSTOM MBA FOR ANDERSEN GLOBAL
Andersen Global – a leader in tax, valuation, financial advisory, and related consulting services – has created a fully funded MBA program for its employees in partnership with the University of San Francisco. The program will take between 3 to 5 years to complete.
The Enterprise MBA is modeled after USF’s Masagung Graduate School of Management’s rigorous Part-Time MBA, but has courses tailored to address the specific professional development needs of Andersen employees in the global business environment.
The new program is available to employees of Andersen member firms and collaborating firms, starting with U.S. employees and rolling out worldwide this year. Participating students must take three to four courses per year, delivered online and asynchronously, to complete the program requirements in five years.
The first cohort of nearly 50 students started the pilot program in June 2022. Andersen’s offering is unique in the degree to which the firm was involved in course development, and the fact that the program is global in nature, fully funded by the firm, and does not have any kind of clawback, should employees enrolled in the program choose to leave the firm, according to a press release from the school. In addition, in certain classes, Andersen senior staff can serve as adjunct professors to aid in instruction.
“This a truly unique and collaborative program and the close partnership between USF and Andersen sets a new standard for the future of corporate education,” says Otgo Erhemjamts, dean of the School of Management at USF. “It demonstrates how educational institutions and companies can come together to address skill gaps and prepare organizations and their personnel for the rapidly evolving business world.”
Andersen and USF started their collaboration in 2014 when the organizations first partnered to provide Andersen personnel the opportunity to earn a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM) or a Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) from the University of San Francisco School of Law. To date, more than 120 employees from 11 countries have graduated from those programs.
Andersen Global is an international association of legally separate, independent member firms of tax and legal professionals around the world. The firm has more than 13,000 professionals worldwide.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, ESSEC BUSINESS SCHOOL, AND CENTRALESUPÉLEC CREATE NEW DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
Columbia University is joining forces with ESSEC and CentraleSupélec – two of the most prestigious business and engineering schools in Europe – to launch a dual degree program in business analytics and data science.
The program will take two years to complete. Each academic year, the institutions may nominate up to 20 students who will get the opportunity to spend one year at ESSEC/CentraleSupélec and one year at Columbia University. Students will be awarded two degrees: the Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics at ESSEC/CentraleSupélec and the Master of Science in Business Analytics at Columbia,offered by Columbia Engineering in partnership with Columbia Business School.
ESSEC/CentraleSupélec’s Master degree in Data Sciences & Business Analytics is ranked No. 4 worldwide, and #2 in Europe by QS, combining faculty resources of two of the most prestigious Schools in Europe. Fully hybrid between Data Sciences, Business Analytics and Digital Strategy, the program is for students who are committed to a deep understanding of data sciences and the methods of business analytics, who aim to develop strong skills in mathematical modeling and computer science as well as management savviness.
Columbia’s Master of Science in Business Analytics at Columbia focuses on learning the modeling techniques and data science tools that help businesses use data to make better decisions.
Graduates from these programs are expected to assume positions as data engineers, data scientists, business and data analysts, data consultants, project managers, and digital strategists, in such fields as consulting services, financial or operational services, technology, communication or media, within government agencies and NGOs, associations, and companies of all sizes, including startups.
“Data science and business analytics hold enormous potential for impact in many sectors and continue to be a huge area of opportunity for insights that will drive innovation in industry,” said Shih-Fu Chang, Dean of Columbia Engineering. “We are delighted to be partnering with ESSEC and CentraleSupélec to offer this program to globally-minded students who wish to engage with leading experts across the Atlantic and become trailblazers in their chosen field.”
FRANKFURT SCHOOL OF FINANCE & MANAGEMENT CREATES CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN TRANSFORMATION
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is partnering with German asset management company DWS to create the Centre for European Transformation at the school.DWS has committed to funding the research center until 2028 with a total support of approximately €2.6 million.
The center will launch this year with two new professorships as part of Frankfurt School’s faculty. It will further strengthen Frankfurt School’s existing research activities, building on a strong track record as one of the leading Finance Departments in Europe. The center is also designed as a think tank addressing the pressing issues relevant to facilitate sustainable transformation and growth in Europe.
“Our business school’s DNA combines excellent research with a high level of practical relevance on pressing transformational challenges affecting all industries,” says Frankfurt School’s president and CEO Nils Stieglitz. “Europe faces numerous of these challenges such as technological innovation, climate change, and resilient supply chains. The Centre will tackle these topics and includes two new professorships further adding to Frankfurt School’s strong experience and reputation in the field of finance.”
Stefan Hoops, CEO of DWS, adds: “With the new Centre for European Transformation we want to create Europe’s leading think tank connecting academics, business leaders, and government officials to address the challenges of the 21st century together and to foster a sustainable transformation and growth in Europe. It is the first step of a European university partnership programme offering funding for professorships and research on European transformation.”
Besides pursuing its own, independent research activities, the center will host initiatives developing practical solutions and recommendations, including financial formats and opportunities for transformational projects. It will also become a hub for further academic partnerships.
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