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By Kristina Wagner Cook, Full Time MBA Program Manager

staff_fair.jpgWhile finishing a productive week (rated 7 out of 10 on my internal productivity meter), I am still recovering from a bit of jet lag from my trip back from Germany.  Yes, Germany, where I went to recruit students for our new Accelerated MBA program at World MBA Tour in Frankfurt.  Also in store for me was a meeting with our exchange partners at the University of Cologne or, more accurately, Universität zu Köln, as well an opportunity to meet and talk with a German candidate we have admitted to program beginning in the fall! I hope he decides to come to Eller! Are you reading this, Phillip? 

It was great to meet my counterparts at the University of Cologne.  I was able to provide insight into the three Eller MBA students who will be going Cologne this summer to take part in the University’s “Cologne Intensive Study Program (CISP).”

In addition to spending three warm and sunshine-laden months in a beautiful European city, just shortly after the G-20 met, Eller MBAs will work closely with  students  from the university’s other exchange partner institutions to complete four blocked courses in management and economics, plus a consulting project with their corporate partners–think German engineered cars!

Some students will even intern with German companies after the coursework ends.  As you can see, I am quite energized about these opportunities and am continuing my efforts to internationalize our MBA program. Another new initiative has conveniently found its way into my world….taking active steps for the Eller College to receive an invitation to join Partnerships in International Management (PIMS) consortium as a member school.  By doing so, the Eller College will join some of the world’s best business Schools, such as The Indian Institution of Management, ESADE Business School, HEC School of Management, France, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Tsinghua School of Economics and Management at the University of Tsinghua, as well as other U.S.-based programs such as The University of Chicago and UCLA.  Member schools actively promote their students to study at one or more of the various partner programs. How cool is that?
Next time I’ll blog about my meeting with Arizona’ s Dean of the Public Health College finalizing our new Dual Degree program MBA-Master of Public Health as well as the new opportunities afforded our students in the recent creation of our Dual Degree with UA’s  Planning Department for its Master of Planning with a focus on sustainable growth.  

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