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Thunderbird is expanding its influence in the field of global energy through the creation of the Center for Global Energy Studies, research from which will feed into both executive education and MBA programmes.
Thunderbird has been running an Advanced Management Programme for the oil and gas industry 25 and also runs customised programmes for companies in the energy sector. One of the major projects for the centre in 2012 will be to run an online Certificate in Global Oil & Gas Management, which is targeted at executives throughout the industry. On the MBA programme there is already one elective on the global energy industry and a second on alternative energy sources is under development. Management professor Andrew Inkpen, and associate finance professor Michael Moffett will be co-directors of the centre.
Thunderbird has educated many top executives from the oil and gas industry including Bob Dudley, chief executive of BP, who studied for a Masters in Management at the school.
Other schools with expertise in the area include Warwick Business School in the UK, which has a global energy MBA, and ESCP Europe, which teaches an executive masters in energy management in London and Madrid.