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December 17, 2012

Global EMBA program expands from 4 to 7 members

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The four business schools, including Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, that have been part of the 20-year-old IMM Executive MBA program have signed an agreement adding three more partners.

Students in the IMM program are seasoned professionals and entrepreneurs in decision-making and leadership capacities at their businesses. They study online and in one- to two-week residencies, with each residency taking place on a designated partner-school campus, enabling them to take the 20-month program without interrupting their careers.

In addition to Krannert, the previous partners are CEU Business School in Hungary, GISMA Business School in Germany and TiasNimbas Business School in the Netherlands.

The three new institutions joining the IMM program are EMLYON Business School in France, FGV School of Administration - EBAPE in Brazil, and Tianjin University College of Management and Economics in China.

"We are eager to work with our new partners to create relevant and sophisticated learning opportunities that only an IMM program spanning the globe can provide," said Krannert Dean P. Christopher Earley. "This important milestone provides a new model for global business education, one of leveraging diverse core competencies through a partnership of equals."

The deans of the seven institutions met in Budapest this fall to finalize the expansion agreement.

Since its beginning, the IMM Executive MBA program has prepared more 1,000 high-level executive graduates from more than 25 countries for senior careers in international management.

Organizations including Procter and Gamble, United Technologies, Caterpillar, John Deere, Deutsche Telekom, WV, Rabobank, Unilever, Coca Cola, Samsung, Nokia, Trigranit, CIB Bank, and GE, as well smaller firms and entrepreneurial ventures, have sent high-potential managers to IMM.

 Students benefit from innovative learning methods and hands-on experience working with companies in partner cities. They gain valuable and practical insights from faculty who share their expertise, often specific to the regions where the modules occur.

More information on the program is available at http://www.mostinternationalmba.com

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: P. Christopher Earley, 765-494-4366, pcearley@purdue.edu