Thunderbird offering Global MBA for Latin American managers program for Arizonans

October 19, 2009

Thunderbird’s highly successful Global MBA for Latin American Managers program will be offered to students at its Glendale, Ariz., campus for the first time beginning next fall.

The 11-year-old joint degree program, offered in conjunction with Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico presently has satellite classrooms throughout Latin America and one in Miami, Fla. The new Glendale-based program will, for the first time, allow working professionals from Arizona and other Southwestern states to participate in the blended distance learning offering that focuses on Latin American business. The program is delivered through a combination of distance-learning technology, live state-of-the-art satellite broadcasting and local class facilitation.

“Offering this program in Arizona will allow Thunderbird to better serve companies, organizations and individuals from the Southwest, who are conducting business in or hoping to expand to Latina America,” said Bert Valencia, Thunderbird’s vice president for distance learning and executive director of the Global MBA program. “As the world emerges from the global financial crisis, many countries in Latin America are poised to be powerhouses of economic growth and prosperity. Global leaders who will be successful in navigating the complexities of Latin American business, will be those who have developed and operate their global mindset, global business acumen, and cross-cultural awareness.”

The joint Global MBA degree combines the prestige of the world’s top-ranked global management school (Thunderbird) and Latin America’s top-ranked MBA program (Tecnológico de Monterrey). World-renowned faculty at Thunderbird and Tecnologico de Monterrey offer courses on basic and advanced global business topics, cross-cultural negotiation and communications, and a wide variety of case studies focused on Latin America.

Students attend live satellite classes every other Friday and Saturday for 22-months. The program includes a one-week interim seminar to Geneva, Tokyo, Dubai or Shanghai. The Interim experience gives students the opportunity to interact with local business and government leaders, network with alumni and business professionals, visit corporations and participate in cultural learning experiences on-site.

The program currently has 11 Latin American satellite campuses throughout Mexico, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador and Costa Rica where students are taking courses. The program also plans to expand to Argentina and Panama. Since the Global MBA for Latin American Managers inception in 1998, more than 1,300 students have graduated from the program and over 300 are currently enrolled.

The program will begin Aug. 7, 2010. All the classes in the program are taught in English. Satellite classes run from 1:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday’s and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday’s. For more information on the program, please visit