USC Marshall School of Business: Global companies require global leaders

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USC Marshall School of Business: Global companies require global leaders

University of Southern California – USC Marshall Business School is recognized as a leader in Pacific Rim business education and networks.

“The Marshall School recognized the potential importance of Asian economies in 1977 and established a specialized MBA teaching and research program focused on Pacific Rim economies in 1978 – our International Business Education and Research MBA Program (IBEAR MBA Program),” says Dr. Richard Drobnick, Director, IBEAR MBA Program and Assistant Dean, International Outreach.

“Our one-year, full-time, international MBA program for mid-career executives operates in line with the now well-recognized reality that Asian economies have become a very important “engine” of world economic growth”, says Drobnick. “IBEAR’s 1st class of 15 participants graduated in 1979 and IBEAR’s 38th class of 57 participants graduated in July, 2016—joining a world-wide family of 1,600 IBEAR alumni”.

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USC Marshall, the first school to require international travel and study projects as an integral part of every MBA degree, is home to more international students than any other American university. Photo Dan Griffin GG Films

The 2016/17 IBEAR MBA participants have 11 years of work experience and are 35 years of age. About 85 percent come from Pacific Rim economies (including the USA) and about 30 percent are company-sponsored.  IBEAR alumni are, or have been, senior leaders in such international firms as Astra International, Capital Securities (Taiwan), Central (Thailand), Coutts, Credit Suisse, Development Bank of Japan, Fubon Financial Group (Taiwan), Garuda Airlines, GE Capital, HP, Hite-Jinro, Ingersoll-Rand China, ITO-En, Korean Air, Microsoft, Mizuho Bank, PWC, Oi/Telemar (Brazil), Ottogi (Korea), Reliance (India), Singapore Telecommunications, Singapore’s Info-Communications Authority, Singapore’s Ministry for the Environment & Water Resources, Schroders, Standard Chartered Bank, Swiss Life (Singapore), TCC Steel (Korea), Tokio Marine Insurance, and the United Nations Development Program.

“One of the non-curricular highlights of the IBEAR MBA experience is its International Experiential Learning Program,” explains Drobnick. “This module is a ten day international field trip which enables participants to meet senior business executives and government officials to learn first-hand about business opportunities and challenges in different Pacific Rim economies.”

In October 2015, the IBEAR-38 Class visited Jakarta and Bangkok for its ‘Doing Business in Southeast Asia Program and in October 2016, the IBEAR-39 Class will visit Shanghai and Nanjing for its ‘Doing Business in China Program’.

“The University of Southern California has the largest number of international students in the United States, with 75 percent of the 10,300 international students coming from six Asian economies” says Drobnick. “USC has established six offices in Asia and, today, USC is eager to strengthen its ties with Singapore, where I had the privilege of being a Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore, in my role as the Managing Director of the APRU World Institute from 2006 to 2011”.

With the guiding philosophy that ‘today’s reality is that business success demands an understanding of the inner workings of the global marketplace’, USC Marshall will continue to provide powerful global learning experiences.

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