Thunderbird announces collaboration with the Graduate Institute, Geneva

November 18, 2008

Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies have announced a new strategic collaboration in executive education.  Through this new alliance, Thunderbird is taking its top-ranked Executive MBA to Geneva, its well-established European headquarters for its Corporate Learning division.  Both schools will also expand their menu of offerings in executive education, through collaborative open enrollment programs and the development of a joint certificate.

The Executive MBA program ranked No. 3 worldwide in the Wall Street Journal 2008 Executive MBA rankings and No. 8 in the Americas in the 2008 Financial Times worldwide Executive MBA rankings.

Delivered in a modular format and targeted to working professionals in Europe and the Middle East, most Executive MBA program modules will take place in Geneva, with global rotations in China, Russia, the Middle East and the Americas. The program will begin in the fall of 2009.

“Thunderbird is very pleased to expand our operations in Geneva, a hub for European leaders and an influential city worldwide,” said Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera. “We are equally enthusiastic about our collaboration with The Graduate Institute, which is highly respected for its programs and research in the global academic community.”

The Graduate Institute will provide support and teach key courses in the program, hosting some of the Thunderbird modules at its Geneva campus; however, the majority of the instruction will remain under Thunderbird’s management faculty.  “The Graduate Institute is a place where people from the public and private sector can come together and become better equipped at engaging each other,” says Philippe Burrin, director of the Institute.  “We are proud to expand this tradition by collaborating with Thunderbird on such initiatives, since the world’s leadership is in need of expanding the public-private dialogue.”

The theme of bringing leaders together from the public and private sectors will also resonate within the jointly-offered open enrollment and certificate programs.  On a broad range of topics, from international negotiations to assessing and managing global risk, participants will engage experts from international affairs and global management education, providing a multidisciplinary lens for addressing the challenges in complex global organizations.

Thunderbird’s Geneva headquarters for executive education has already served a portfolio of clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including DHL, Henkel, Integra, Legrand, Novartis, Serono, and Standard Bank. Previously, Thunderbird ran its European Executive MBA Program from the Czech Republic from 2003 to 2008. Initially, the program served a predominantly Czech population; yet participants in 2008 came from as far as Reykjavik, Moscow, Dubai and Chicago.  This consolidates Thunderbird’s Corporate Learning division in Europe with its Executive MBA degree program, and provides even greater accessibility for degree candidates from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  It also brings together thought leaders from various public, socioeconomic, and corporate perspectives for new opportunities in co-curricular programming.