Global OneMBA Adds New Asian Partner

Students in a OneMBA class

Students in a OneMBA class

OneMBA®, a global executive MBA program offered by four partner business schools, including the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, said today (May 20) that a fifth partner school in China will join its unique consortium.

The new player is the School of Management at Xiamen University, one of China’s oldest business schools. Xiamen replaces The Chinese University of Hong Kong which had been a member of the consortium before. Xiamen has full-time, part-time and EMBA programs in China, all ranked locally among the top ten in the country. The school is located in Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian Province, a Special Economic Zone and a major international shipping center. It also is China’s primary commercial, cultural and academic link with Taiwan.

OneMBA is the only global executive MBA delivered in partnership by five business schools, including EGADE Business School Tecnológico de Monterrey (EGADE Business School) in Mexico, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) in Brazil, and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in the Netherlands.

UNC’s Class of 2016 begins with a residential immersion weekend held in Chapel Hill during September 2014. Your UNC OneMBA class will be made up of about 30 students from across the U.S. and Canada. Beginning in October, once-a-month classes will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday classes start at 9:30 a.m., so most students fly or drive in Friday morning. Sunday classes end at 3 p.m. But the distinguishing feature of the program–which takes advantages of the partner schools–is the four weeklong global residencies held on four continents, where students work with participants from all five schools. Students participate in classes taught by local professors, visit regional and multinational companies, and meet local business and government leaders. English is used for all courses.

OneMBA launched in 2002, and graduated its first class in 2004. Today its network of 1,000 alumni in senior leadership positions extends to over 50 countries.

“I am honored and proud for Xiamen University to partner with OneMBA, which over its 12 years has won a reputation as one of the world’s most unique and diverse international MBA programs,” said Yifeng Shen, dean of the Xiamen University School of Management (SMXMU), in a statement. “OneMBA’s vision and goals reflect those of Tan Kah Kee, the ‘Henry Ford of Asia,’ who founded Xiamen University and its business program in 1921 with the call to serve China while embracing world cultures.”

“The OneMBA community welcomes the School of Management at Xiamen University,” said Jayashankar Swaminathan, OneMBA Executive Committee chairman and OneMBA associate dean at UNC Kenan-Flagler, in a statement. “The school shares our values, has a long tradition of excellence and brings the expertise and perspectives of their faculty and executive MBA students from one of the most dynamic economies in the world today. We look forward to all five schools collaborating to prepare the next generation of global leaders.”


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