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SCHEV Gives Green Light to McIntire's Innovative New M.S. in Global Commerce Program

Unique new program promises to deliver critical global business skills
February 2016

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has formally approved the McIntire School’s newest graduate-level business program: the innovative, internationally immersive M.S. in Global Commerce Program. Offered in partnership with two renowned business schools—ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China—the one-year program will allow students to earn an M.S. in Global Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia; an M.S. in Global Strategic Management from ESADE; and a certificate in International Management from Lingnan. The first class of approximately 60 students—20 each from the Americas, Europe, and Asia—will matriculate in fall 2016 and will study as a cohort at the three schools.

“McIntire’s new M.S. in Global Commerce Program allows students to study together on three continents and receive two master’s degrees and a certificate from three leading business schools in one integrated educational experience,” says McIntire Dean Carl Zeithaml. “It marks a critically important step forward in providing a new generation of business leaders with the skills, perspectives, and experiences they need to meet the challenges of today’s demanding global business environment.”

From Business to Global Business
The new program is designed for recent graduates with an undergraduate degree in business, but little or no professional work experience. Students will spend the first 15 weeks of the program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where coursework will focus on developing skills in global strategic management. They will then spend nine weeks at Lingnan College in Guangzhou, China, studying global financing and operations. The program concludes with 15 weeks at ESADE in Barcelona, Spain, where the emphasis of study will be global innovation and alliances. In addition, by working in teams on an integrative year-long project, students will explore the complexities of doing business from the North American, European, and Asian perspectives while immersed in a highly diverse, multicultural environment.

“McIntire’s unique new M.S. in Global Commerce Program offers students the opportunity to develop perhaps the most critical assets in business today: the outlook and competencies critical to getting work done globally and leading in today’s interconnected business world,” says Zeithaml. “We look forward to welcoming our first class of outstanding young businesspeople to this groundbreaking program, as well as to working in close collaboration with our superb partners at ESADE and Lingnan. Together, we will provide our students with a truly world-class educational experience.”

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About the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia
For more than 90 years, the McIntire School of Commerce has been regarded as one of the finest business schools in the United States, offering world-class programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. McIntire is widely recognized for its unwavering pursuit of excellence, both in teaching and in research, and for its commitment to producing thoughtful, innovative graduates who become leaders in global business and society. In the nine years (2006-2014) that Bloomberg Businessweek ranked American undergraduate business programs, the McIntire School Program is the only program to have been ranked either first or second each year, and the School’s graduate programs have likewise received numerous accolades, including the M.S. in Commerce Program being ranked #1 by Value Colleges in 2015 and the M.S. in Accounting Program being ranked #1 for faculty size by Public Accounting Report in 2015. Housed within the esteemed University of Virginia, McIntire is home to an internationally diverse community of students and faculty, each of whom contributes to—and benefits from—the School’s innovative, real-world approach to global business education.

About Lingnan (University) College (Sun Yat-sen University)
Originating from Lingnan University, a private university established in the late 19th century, Lingnan (University) College was reestablished in 1989 within Sun Yat-sen University. Lingnan has been consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in China for its academic excellence and international standing. Lingnan is one of the few business schools in China with triple-crown international accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB, and the Association of MBA Programs. In 1998, the college established the international M.B.A. program in cooperation with MIT Sloan School of Management, and in 1999, it created the first joint executive M.B.A. programs in China with the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Founded in 1958, ESADE Business School has campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and a presence in São Paolo, Lima, Mexico City, Bogotá, Santiago de Chile, and Buenos Aires. It also has collaboration agreements with over 100 universities and business schools worldwide. Each year, more than 8,000 students participate in courses at ESADE (M.B.A. and executive education, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business and law). ESADE alumni maintain a network of more than 50,000 ESADE graduates who hold positions of responsibility at companies across the globe. ESADE’s business park, ESADECREAPOLIS, is a pioneering innovation center that brings together academia and the world of business. With a clear international outlook, ESADE consistently ranks near the top of the main global business school rankings (Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, and América Economía). ESADE is a member of Ramon Llull University.