An important part of Wharton’s EMBA program is the focus on global perspective. Students get this through classes both on campus and around the world as well as from each other. Here’s an edited transcript of a video with Vice Dean Peggy Bishop Lane discussing some of those global EMBA opportunities:
It’s very important that [our EMBA students learn to] think like global citizens. So any way that we can get them to broaden their horizons, their learnings, and their exposure to other cultures is great. Our EMBA program has been doing this since its inception.
Interestingly, upwards of 30 to 40 percent of each EMBA class was born outside of the U.S. An even greater percentage have worked outside of the U.S. Our students bring that experience into the [program] and faculty can use that in the classroom. And our faculty have those kinds of global experiences too.
So when we’re thinking about where to go for Global Business Week, we’re thinking about interesting opportunities that we don’t already have access to. We’re trying to branch out a bit. Where are the faculty going to be able to lead the students? And where can we capitalize on our alumni network? This past year, we expanded that [Global Business Week] opportunity from one location for each campus to four locations. And what I really loved about it was that we mixed the communities — the San Francisco and Philadelphia classes. In the past, your class may have voted to go to China, but you might have just gone to China for business last week or last month. Now, you don’t have to go to China again if you don’t want to. You have three or four other opportunities to go to somewhere different.