On June 16, 2019, the Northern Illinois University College of Business crossed global boundaries in East Asia by announcing the launch of its Executive MBA (EMBA) program in a city within China’s Jiangsu province.
“The launch of our Executive MBA program in the city of Nanjing is very important to NIU and the NIU community,” NIU President Lisa Freeman said. “This represents the institution’s first graduate degree program to be offered in China. We have more than 220,000 NIU alumni who live and work across the world. Many of them are in China. We are excited to partner – and continue strengthening our relationship – with China, a significant force in the global economy.”
“As an economist, I know that building a deep understanding of managing businesses in an interconnected global economy is a critical skill,” NIU Provost and Executive Vice President Beth Ingram said. “NIU’s Executive MBA program prepares our students for such a complex global environment. I’m particularly excited about the launch of our program in Nanjing. Our Chinese students will learn from some of the best scholars in their fields as well as industry leaders who will help them tie their learning directly to practice.”
NIU Business Dean Balaji Rajagopalan welcomed the inaugural class during a ceremony held at the InterContinental Hotel in Nanjing China. Many NIU alumni, Chinese industry leaders, and other NIU partners attended and spoke at this historic ceremony.
Drawn from diverse industries, the inaugural class is expected to have a dynamic group of 20 professionals. The two-year part-time Executive MBA program officially begins in the upcoming fall semester. Classes will be conducted on Nanjing University’s campus. Courses will be taught by world-class scholars from Northern Illinois University, scholars from other reputed institutions, and industry experts. The program will focus on developing global leaders and will emphasize team-based problem-solving, real-world projects, and guest presentations from global business leaders.
“A critical aspect of developing global leaders is to bring to bear the power of diversity in various forms,” NIU Business Dean Balaji Rajagopalan said. “Thought diversity helps leaders see different perspectives and build deep insights and empathy for different viewpoints. We have a long legacy of delivering on this promise. Indeed, we pride ourselves on being a diverse college, in terms of backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and knowledge. We continually challenge ourselves and our students to cross the boundaries of perspectives and ideas. Currently, we welcome students from 32 different countries into the NIU Business adventure. We also enjoy long-standing relationships with many businesses around the world. Our purposeful engagement of the worlds of business and academia in a truly global way adds significant value to our students. Our Nanjing EMBA program will exemplify this symbiotic relationship.”
“The talented individuals in our Nanjing EMBA program are about to embark upon a fantastic adventure,” Anthony Preston said. Preston is the executive director of global programs for the college. “Our Executive MBA will challenge each student to think cross-functionally and to sharpen their skills as a leader. When they graduate, they will be fully prepared to lead firms in an interconnected global economy. Perhaps, more importantly, they will deliver on the college’s vision by changing lives and contributing to a better world.”
At the completion of the program, the official graduation ceremony for the Nanjing cohort will be state-side on the Northern Illinois University campus. The agenda will include a celebratory gathering with NIU’s top leadership, NIU faculty, staff, students and friends. Arrangements for company visits and sightseeing will be made before the students return to their home in Nanjing.
Students in the NIU Nanjing Executive MBA program will earn an MBA degree from a highly regarded and continually ranked U.S. business school. NIU’s business college is among a select list of less than 200 worldwide to be accredited by AACSB International for both business and accounting. The NIU Executive MBA has been ranked among the top 50 programs by CEO Magazine. The business college overall has been listed for more than 30 consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings.
Over its nearly 40-year history, the NIU Executive MBA has nurtured and propelled countless careers into the leadership ranks. Now, the NIU College of Business will build upon this success to inspire outstanding leaders in Nanjing, China.
by Michelle De Jean, Director of Marketing, NIU College of Business.