U Penn’s Wharton School, Lauder Institute to Feature New Dual-Degree Global Program for Multilingual Students
The University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, together with the Wharton School, will train MBA/MAs in politics, economics, business and culture as part of a new dual-degree Global Program, according to a recent article in Wharton Magazine.
The new Global Program is like a “startup” within the Lauder Institute, which for 30 years has provided students with a unique opportunity to develop deep regional expertise and strong linguistic skills, according to Wharton Magazine. Students in this new dual-degree program will study still-evolving aspects of the global political and economic system, such as international capital flows, the rise of sovereign wealth funds and China’s emerging dominance.
Professor Regina Abrami will direct the new program, which admitted its first three students as part of Round 1 of Wharton’s MBA admissions. With Round 2 now underway, Abrami hopes for six to eight students to make up the first Global Program class, which will begin in May 2013.
Abrami, a scholar of China and Vietnam, came to Wharton and Lauder from Harvard Business School (HBS) and is now a senior lecturer in the political science department and a senior fellow in the management department as well as director of the new Global Program. At HBS, she also helped launch globally-focused initiatives, including a “Doing Business in China” elective course and HBS’s global immersion programming, through which 400 students participate in 11 country-specific immersions during the winter session.
New coursework designed for the Global Program will include classes on intercultural negotiations, international trade and the international legal order, which will take the place of language classes Lauder students take as part of that school’s other tracks. Global Program students will be expected to enter the program proficient in two languages – another departure from the traditional Lauder candidate, who develops skills in one language.
All Lauder students will be eligible to take Global Program classes as electives, and dual-degree MA/MBA students in the program will complete Lauder’s required core curriculum as well as its summer-long immersion programming.
“Lauder is unlike anything else out there, and the Global Program also promises to be extraordinarily unique,” Abrami told Wharton Magazine.