OneMBA, the global executive MBA spanning four continents and five schools, is this year celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Since its inception the programme has gone from strength to strength and a 120-strong cohort is planned for the September intake.

“The quality of the students on the programme is phenomenal,” says Peter Brews, associate dean, OneMBA programme, at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – one of the five partner schools.

The programme is a niche market, Prof Brews admits, but nonetheless at Kenan- Flagler demand for a place is high. Over the course of the 21-month programme OneMBA participants study in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. An additional India component is also being considered, he says.

The other partner schools are the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Business; RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam; Tecnológico de Monterrey Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership (Egade), Mexico; and Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil.

St Gallen widens Singapore link

With increasing demand from its students for a more intense Asian experience, the University of St Gallen has strengthened its partnership with Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University.

The Swiss school and Nanyang have transformed their exchange option into a full, double MBA degree. A pilot group of 16 St Gallen MBA participants will start in Singapore on Monday.

“We are seeing an increasing number of participants looking to gain a greater edge to their experience by gaining a foothold in the Asian markets,” says Matthias Straetling, executive director at St Gallen.

Such double degrees will become increasingly common, he says.

Cass revamps real estate offerings

To reflect developments in the global property market, Cass Business School, London has revamped its real estate masters programmes.

The MSc in real estate will give students a broad background in real estate, while the masters in real estate investment is aimed at participants wishing to focus on real estate investment management, finance and the securitised real estate markets.

Both programmes were restructured following consultation with the property and finance industries so that Cass could understand the industry’s changing needs.

Melbourne lures Duke executive

Melbourne Business School has lured an executive from Duke Corporate Education in New York to become its associate dean, executive education.

Paul Kirkbride, managing director with Duke CE, will join the Australian school next month. He will help to develop the school’s growing portfolio of both open and custom programmes in the Asia Pacific region and further afield.

Melbourne Business School merged with Mt Eliza Business School (now Mt Eliza executive education) in 2004, expanding the Australian city’s capability in executive education.

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