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Thunderbird School of Global Management has extended its footprint, announcing its first partnership with a school in the Middle East.

Thunderbird will provide faculty for Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates for its new master of science in international business degree. The new programme will combine classroom and distance learning and will consist of 12 courses over a two-year period culminating in a capstone course at Thunderbird’s Arizona campus.

The programme could begin as early as September.

“The focus of the programme is on developing an understanding of how organisations function internationally and the complex issues which managers encounter in a global environment,” says Sulaiman Al Jassim, vice-president of Zayed.

Thunderbird already has existing collaborations with Tsinghua University in Beijing, the India Institute of Management in Bangalore and Germany’s Mannheim Business School, as well as offering dual degree programmes with a range of international schools including Incae in Cost Rica and Adolofo Ibanez in Chile.


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