Duke University is planning a major global initiative that will expand its reach around the world. Here are excerpts from its press release:
Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business will announce on Monday an innovative
expansion plan that will establish a network of campuses around the world to
conduct research and deliver programs.
This network will embed and connect Duke’s research
and teaching activities in key economic and cultural centers of the world: New
Delhi, India; St. Petersburg, Russia; Dubai, UAE; London, UK; and Shanghai,
China, as well as on Duke’s campus in Durham.
Partnerships with individuals, municipalities and
organizations will facilitate the simultaneous launch of the business school’s
campuses in each of these five regions. In addition to establishing the business
school in each of these regions, the expansion plan includes current or future
participation from other parts of Duke University, including the Nicholas School
of the Environment, the Duke Global Health Institute and the Sanford Institute
for Public Policy.
Fuqua Dean Blair Sheppard noted the significant
shift in business education represented by the school’s global
“With the simultaneous launch of our new
international locations, Fuqua will be the first truly global business school,
shaped and driven by the fundamental issues of our time,” Sheppard said. “The
depth of our activities in each location ensures we will become truly embedded
in each region. By engaging with these regions through education and research,
we will be able to examine the world’s opportunities and problems, explore
interdependencies between regions, create solutions to address world issues, and
prepare practitioners to be change agents and informed leaders.”
Fuqua’s new global plans call for a significant
presence in each location rather than the casual affiliations that define the
international programs of most U.S. business schools, Sheppard said. Each of
Fuqua’s regional campuses will support all Duke MBA programs, including the
Executive MBA programs. Each also will include a Duke Corporate Education site
or partnership, open enrollment executive education, at least two research
centers and Fuqua faculty, as well as service learning activities tied to local
needs. Duke’s commitment to civic engagement will extend to these new
The leading activity in Fuqua’s global expansion
will be The Duke MBA – Cross Continent program, which begins in August 2009.
This program will be held in each of the five regions before closing at the Duke
campus in Durham, N.C. More details can be found here.
The school’s first regional partnership, with the
Graduate School of Management in St. Petersburg, was to be announced at the
launch event. Fuqua will announce its plans for the India location in October.
For further information about the global
initiative, visit Fuqua’s web site.