IESE and CEIBS Launch the World Executive MBA

Targets senior executives with cross-border responsibilities

26/02/2015 Barcelona

The World Executive MBA
The World Executive MBA will gather global executives in five continents / Photo: Archive

IESE Business School and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) will launch a new joint program in January 2016: The World Executive MBA. The program is designed for senior business leaders (with an average age of 40) who have responsibilities across international borders. It aims to develop participants both in terms of their leadership potential and by delivering a keen understanding of the forces that shape management in different parts of the world.

The World Executive MBA will be taught on CEIBS and IESE campuses across five continents. Modules are set to be delivered in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Barcelona, New York, Munich, Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo and in strategic locations in India and Africa. To maximize the global scope of the program, participants will be strategically selected to represent a broad diversity of geographies, backgrounds, roles and sectors.

To ensure it is easily accessible for executives from a variety of regions, the program format is blended, balancing residential modules run at CEIBS and IESE campuses around the world, alongside innovative online modules. Participants will learn through the case study method and a very intense personalized development program delivered by expert faculty from both schools across all locations.

According to Franz Heukamp, IESE’s Associate Dean for MBA Programs, “together we have designed a truly joint program designed for executives with cross-border responsibilities, be they East/West, North/South, or both. Our aim is to provide these executives with an exceptional MBA learning experience that is highly accessible for them.”

“The World Executive MBA is a high intensity, truly international program that will bring together senior business executives for an entirely new learning experience,” says Professor Nikos Tsikriktsis, Associate Dean for the CEIBS GEMBA Programs. “It will blend the in-class learning experience with online learning; and with courses offered across five continents our participants, who may join us from anywhere in the world, will benefit from strengthening their global networks.”

The new World Executive MBA marks another step in CEIBS and IESE’s partnership of 20 years, adding to the list of programs that the two business schools already offer jointly: the Global CEO Program, the Global CEO Program for China and the joint PhD. This track record of delivering programs together can ensure a more cohesive experience for participants where there is true collaboration and sharing of expertise between the schools.

Both CEIBS’ (Beijing, Ghana, Shanghai and Shenzhen) and IESE's (Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, New York and Sao Paulo) established global presence means they can accordingly offer in-depth insight from the different regions in the world in which the executives conduct business.

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