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The Fox School of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) international exchange program has gained momentum since its introduction last summer when the Fox School signed agreements allowing EMBA students from Fox and three other institutions to study at any of the partner programs.


“Last semester we saw the first movement among students in the program, and the exchange opportunities are becoming more and more attractive to our students across locations,” said Rebecca Geffner, director of international programs. “We see the exchange opportunity as a trademark of our global Executive MBA portfolio.”


The EMBA international exchange program includes the Fox School, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia; the ENPC School of International Management (ENPC) in Paris; and the International Executive Education Center (IEEC) in Singapore.


Currently residing in Dubai, Frederic Ogier was enrolled in the EMBA-Paris cohort and traveled to Singapore. “In the Paris cohort, we are a mix from Europe and North Africa. While in Singapore, the mix was from Asia and the U.S.,” Ogier said. “In addition to improving my English even further, it was a very interesting cultural opportunity to experience the U.S. and Asian ways.”


Younes Sekkouri, another member of the EMBA-Paris cohort, took advantage of the exchange and traveled to Cali, Colombia, this past January. 


“Exchanging experiences is very useful and represents half of my process of creativity and innovation. One of the most surprising values of the Colombian students whom I met is a positive solidarity between the cohort members,” Sekkouri said. “The value of mutual help and encouragement revealed to be very efficient in the cohort cohesion and post-EMBA relationships. Now that I’m back to life in Morocco, I am thinking of ways to start a program within my organization to promote this sort of value.”


Last fall five EMBA students participated in the exchange program. This spring, Fox anticipates at least five to six more students will participate.


The program allows students to travel, but it also benefits those students whose career and family obligations prevent them from going abroad because the classroom experience is enriched for all by international students’ perspectives.


“This program differentiates our EMBA program from others,” said Nicole Pumphrey, associate director of international programs. “Fox has always been known as a school with global reach. Now, we are seeing that global reach in action.”


In 2012, the Financial Times ranked the Fox EMBA second nationally for percentage of international board members who advise the school on strategy and second nationally for international course experience. Overall, the Fox EMBA is ranked No. 17 in the U.S.

EMBA students are also encouraged to share a graduation ceremony to enhance their international exchange experience.


– Kyra Mazurek

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