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INSEAD, Wharton Extend Educational Alliance for Three More Years

INSEAD and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will continue for another three years an educational alliance begun in 2001, the schools announced this week. Through the alliance, MBA and PhD students from both schools can participate in an exchange program that enables them to study on the schools’ four campuses in Fontainebleau, France; Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Philadelphia.

The schools praised the alliance for enabling them to engage in broader, more powerful collaborations, such as the joint Wharton–INSEAD Center for Global Research & Education. In addition to giving students the chance to study across three continents, the alliance also helps the schools deliver unique global executive education programs for senior managers at top corporations and allows INSEAD and Wharton faculty to teach and conduct research on partner campuses. Finally, alumni from both schools benefit from the greater combined network created through the alliance.

Wharton Dean Thomas Robertson noted that the alliance helps Wharton achieve the three elements it considers central to a truly global education: a diverse student body, truly global content in teaching materials and faculty who are actively engaged in research that impacts global companies.

The alliance grew out of a mission that Wharton and INSEAD share, namely to deliver unmatched global education. “The strategic alliance between Wharton and INSEAD is based on the shared belief that tomorrow’s market leaders in management education must have global reach and be part of a global business education and knowledge network with a leadership position in America, Europe and Asia,” INSEAD Dean Dipak Jain said in a statement. “The two schools also share common values regarding the role and importance of lifelong business education,” he added.

INSEAD’s Alliance Director Serguei Netessine noted that the schools have increased funding for joint research in recent years. “We have a growing number of PhD students participating in the program who can avail themselves of these research funds to conduct their work on three continents,” he said. He added that PhD candidates from the two schools for the first time this year will hold a joint research conference on global strategy in Fontainebleau.

Wharton/INSEAD Alliance Executive Director John Kimberley highlighted the successful student exchange, multiple joint executive education programs and new research collaborations the alliance has already made possible. “It’s really allowed Wharton students and faculty to take advantage of each school’s breadth and depth of connections,” he said in a statement. And more initiatives are in the works, he added.

Learn more about the INSEAD/Wharton Alliance.

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