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GWSB Lauded For Innovation in International Education

Global MBA students traveled to Vietnam as part of the International Residency Program.

The George Washington School of Business Global MBA program was recognized Jan. 25 for innovation in international education by the Institute of International Education’s 10th IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards. GWSB’s Global MBA program was highlighted for its International Residency Program, which requires all full-time MBA students to work abroad on consulting projects to develop global management skills.

“Through opportunities such as our international residencies, GW School of Business students are engaging the world. We teach our students to act responsibly, lead passionately and think globally,” said GWSB Dean Doug Guthrie.

GWSB students in the Global MBA program participate in a two-week, in-country residency, preceded by seven weeks of faculty-mentored, academic preparation, where they work directly as business consultants for partner organizations. Students then present their business plans and final recommendations to the organizations. To date, more than 300 students have completed projects in 10 countries across 5 continents. In 2010, students completed residencies in Mumbai, India; Seoul, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; Belgrade, Serbia; and Malmö, Sweden. For more information about the Global MBA International Residency program, please visit:

“For our students to lead in the global business environment, they must gain real-world international experience through programs such as our international residencies, which prepare them for the worldwide economy of the 21st century,” said Murat Tarimcilar, vice dean of programs and education.

The IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among IIE’s membership association of more than 1,000 higher education institutions.  The GWSB Global MBA program received an honorable mention in the category of Internationalizing the Campus: Business Education.  IIE will present the awards at a March 18 ceremony in New York City.

Posted by gwsb on January 25, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.

1 Comment »

  1. I have read not only this article, but that on the IIE website regarding the Andrew Heiskell Awards.

    Congratulations to the GWSB, and the students involved with the residency program past, present and future. The ability to think outside of your own cultural box and development of an internatiional perspective is increasingly important as business becomes ever more global.

    Comment by John De Schepper II — January 28, 2011 @ 10:22 am

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