school plans executive M.B.A. program in Singapore
Five years after setting up
an international executive M.B.A. program in Barcelona, Spain, the
Graduate School of Business has announced plans to establish another
overseas outpost, this time in Singapore. It will be the first campus
established in Asia by a leading U.S. business school. With applications
already being accepted, classes will begin in the fall of 2000,
to be taught by faculty from the schools Chicago and Barcelona
This represents the first time a business school will offer
a globally integrated, executive M.B.A. program on three continents
taught entirely by its regular faculty at permanent campus locations,
says Robert Hamada, dean of the GSB.
Modeled after the GSBs North American and European executive
M.B.A. programs, the Asian program will target the same type of
seasoned middle- and upper-level business executives with at least
10 years of work experience. Designed to have leading companies
throughout the Asia-Pacific region nominate their high-potential
managers as students, the program is also intended for government
officials, physicians, lawyers, and health-service administrators,
as well as entrepreneurs.
Enrollment will be limited to 80 executives per year, drawn from
throughout the region. Because most students will continue to work
full time and commute to classes, the program is offered in 16 one-week
modules spread over 19 months.
Students from all three executive M.B.A. programs will spend four
weeks taking classes together, traveling to each program site. They
will also form small management teams for study purposes during
weeks when classes are in session. Between sessions, students will
work on assignments and communicate with their study groups and
the faculty through CD-ROMs, the World Wide Web, computer-facilitated
discussion software, and multimedia software.
The program in Asia is intended to provide participants with a
truly global immersion into the fundamentals of business,
According to Hamada and Mark Zmijewski, deputy dean of M.B.A. programs,
the GSB had been seeking an Asian site for several years and chose
Singapore for political and practical reasons: not only does the
country strongly support education, it also has good transportation
from the airport.
Singapore-based alumni helped with the arrangements: Cheng Wai-Keung,
MBA73, chair and managing director of Wing Tai Holdings Ltd.,
assisted in lease negotiations for the House of Tan Yeok Nee, site
of the new campus. The house, a national heritage monument in Singapores
Orchard Road section, is owned by a consortium led by Wing Tai Holdings.
The building will be completely restored, with modern classrooms
and group study space. John Wadsworth Jr., MBA63, chair of
Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, and his wife, Bette Sue Wadsworth,
will help fund the cost of outfitting the classrooms through the
W. L. S. Spencer Foundation, of which they are chair and president,
respectively. Additional startup funding will come from the Singapore
Economic Development Board (SEDB).
The University of Chicagos presence here will help
to propel Singapore toward the knowledge-based era, says Philip
Yeo, SEDBs chair. The world-class teaching and research
that its program will bring to Singapore will help us to realize
our vision of becoming an education hub, attracting top faculty
and executives from companies around the world.K.S.