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Indiana University’s Kelley and Alliance Manchester business schools announce joint MBA programme  March 25, 2017 – 03:50 pm
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Alliance Manchester Business School and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business have announced that they are launching a joint MBA programme leading to degrees from both institutions.

The joint Kelley-Manchester Global MBA brings together two of the world’s leading business schools, with a combined legacy of nearly 150 years of innovation in business and management education.

Together, they will provide students with professional development and a global literacy that enables them to succeed in today’s complex and interconnected business world.

Deans of both business schools said the new programme will offer students flexibility from the top online MBA programme in the United States and a top 40 business school with centres all over the globe. A unique feature is a residential component in Washington, D.C. during the autumn term in the second year.

“Speaking on behalf of our faculty, the Kelley School of Business looks forward to working with our colleagues at Manchester to provide students in this programme with the skills needed to lead a multi-national enterprise and provide them with real career momentum, ” said Idalene Kesner, Dean at Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management.

“This is another exciting international partnership for Alliance MBS as we strengthen our global offer, ” added Professor Fiona Devine, OBE, Head of Alliance Manchester Business School. “Together with Kelley School of Business, we will continue to build on our history of delivering world-class research-led business education through innovative programmes that stretch and prepare our MBAs to meet their career ambitions.”

Alliance Manchester Business School recently benefited from a landmark donation from Lord Alliance of Manchester, that will be invested in its new campus development in the city and driving forward its ambitious research agenda. Alliance MBS is the UK’s largest campus-based business school. It has a long tradition of global business education with centres in Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sao Paolo.

Building on a nearly century-long foundation, IU’s Kelley School offers a curriculum built on personal development, teamwork, and experiential learning with an emphasis on global and social responsibility. In 1999, its Kelley Direct programme became the first online MBA offered by a top-ranked business school. Today, it consistently ranks No. 1 or No. 2 among online graduate programmes and serves as a model for similar programmes.

The same faculty who teach on the schools’ other highly regarded graduate programmes will teach courses to students on the Kelley-Manchester Global MBA degree programme. Students will receive personalised and insightful mentoring and feedback from career coaches, advisors and professors.

While much of the coursework will be delivered online, students will work on-site with each other at both the Kelley School and at Alliance MBS campuses. The programme also offers flexibility and access to the schools’ collective alumni networks of over 150, 000 graduates.


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