The world is shrinking … fast! Connectivity is everywhere. Faster planes or faster broadband, the obstacles to connecting physically or virtually are dwindling, meaning the reality of the future is that opportunities will surface in place and through contacts far more widely spread than in the past.
If you’re reading this, it probably means you have had similar thoughts. It may well be why you are contemplating an MBA in the frst place? Lets face it, London Business School is one of the premiere institutions on the planet, and the education and opportunities you will experience here are life changing. Certainly, you will be exposed to some of the thought leaders of our age, and will mix with (and perhaps become one of) the thought leaders of tomorrow. London is an international capital of commerce, and LBS draws students and professors from around the world, but wouldnt it be good to push this experience even further? Is there a way to maximise the international component of the learning experence. Well the simple answer is yes … you can have your cake (or sould that be apple) and eat it!
EMBA-Global is the partnership between LBS and Columbia Business School in New York City. I joined the program in may 2010, and am in the middle of semester 4 right now. It is an extraordinary experience, and in my opinion is a real ‘force multiplier’, as you are able to combine the best of LBS with the best of CBS – faculty, network, clubs & societies are all doubled … you even get 2 MBAs!
I realize there is a danger of sounding big-headed here, and that couldn’t be further from the intention. I hope the blog posts I add will answer some of the questions you may have, and give you a flavour of the experiences that make this such a special program. I’ll cover the ups and the downs of the rollercoaster; the curriculum, life in 2 cities (plus your home), life outside of the classroom, logistics verses experience, and any other thoughts you have. Feel free to reach out to me through the blog with any specifics you want me to cover … I’ll be happy to cover any topic.
But for now, that is all I have time for …. I’m off to connect with someone on the other side of the world!