A Global Programme for the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

June 20th, 2014
An interview with Elie Farhat,
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Executive Outreach, Georgetown | ESADE Global Executive MBA Programme

Built for the global executive, the Georgetown | ESADE Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) programme provides you with the mindset, tools, and techniques necessary to run a global business in today’s chaotic times. The GEMBA programme combines the expertise of McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University with that of ESADE Business School in the areas of international business, strategy and management, global policymaking, international relations and leadership. With modules in five countries and nine cities, the world truly becomes your classroom.

Could you describe your EMBA programme?
For students in the Georgetown | ESADE Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) programme, the world truly becomes a classroom through the dynamic interplay of core MBA courses and “deep immersion” in the markets of the United States, Spain, Brazil, India and China. With a team approach to learning, the GEMBA programme draws upon the background and knowledge of your diverse, experienced cohort for integration into classroom discussions, live case studies, industry simulations, and consulting-style projects. Throughout the programme, you create life-long friendships and professional relationships; benefit from a broader worldview and knowledge base; refresh your career perspective; and gain greater confidence in your ability to resolve complex and organisational challenges.

What is the profile of your participants?
One of the most vibrant features of the GEMBA programme is a cohort-based learning community. A GEMBA cohort typically consists of diverse, seasoned, high-potential participants with an average of 14 years of professional work experience across numerous industries and countries.

What sets your EMBA apart from other programmes?
The GEMBA programme presents you with a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience of personal and professional development. You benefit from the programme’s non-traditional approach to the MBA that bridges geopolitics and business. With the inclusion of Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, you not only strengthen your understanding of global business, but also gain in-depth knowledge of the political, economic and legal forces shaping the global economy.
 
Could you describe the structure of your programme?
The GEMBA programme was designed with the demanding schedules and needs of global executives in mind. Through six 12-day modules across 14 months, you have the opportunity to learn and immerse yourself in the complexities that global business executives face in the business and government centres of the United States, Spain, Brazil, India and China. Throughout this experience, you are encouraged to integrate your coursework, projects, peer insights, and overall experience from each module into your organisation.

What can you tell us about your school’s success in finding employment for its graduates?
GEMBA students are typically employed throughout the duration of the programme. However, career management support is given to students through the integration of our career centre. The GEMBA Career Development programme follows a three-pronged approach that provides you with 1) one-to-one executive career coaching, 2) career development courses delivered onsite in each module, and 3) executive connections. Taken together, these three components seek to help you cultivate greater stature as a global executive and refresh your career perspective.

What advice do you have for our readers who are thinking about getting an EMBA?
Researching EMBA programmes can be a daunting task, so I encourage you to keep the following three questions in mind to help you identify which EMBA programme best fits your needs:
1. Why do I want to pursue an EMBA?
2. Will X programme help me reach my professional and personal goals?
3. Does X programme’s format and design meet my needs?
4. How networked is the university?

Who are your professors?
Members of the GEMBA programme faculty represent both Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service, and ESADE Business School. They are passionate, energetic and internationally recognised leaders in the study of the economic, social, political, and technological forces that shape global business today. They are not only full-time scholars, but are also active members in the international business community and will challenge your thinking, expand your business knowledge, and motivate you to reach your greatest potential. More importantly, they embody the Jesuit values of caring for one another and making sure that our students do well by doing good.



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