The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University last month announced its launch of a new concentration in energy finance, as well as two new courses focused on sustainability.
The new energy finance concentration, which comes as an addition to the school’s existing concentration in energy and environment, will allow MBA students to explore issues like project finance, markets and trading, corporate finance and risk management in greater depth, while also providing them with the fundamentals of global energy markets. With its launch, Fuqua has become the only MBA program in the BusinessWeek 10 top-ranked schools to offer such an energy finance focus.
Fuqua also has added two new courses focused on sustainability. The first, called Business Strategies for Sustainability, is taught by Professor Dan Vermeer. Through case studies, lectures, guest speakers and interactive activities, students in this course will be able to examine sustainability-related challenges across a range of firms, industries and geographies to understand how these differences affect corporate strategy and practice.
“As environmental and social challenges grow, companies are increasingly pursuing sustainability as a business imperative and a key to competitive advantage,” Vermeer said in a statement. “It is therefore imperative that students understand how businesses assess sustainability risks and opportunities, and how they develop and implement strategies around it.”
The second new sustainability-focused course, a seminar series led by the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), will give participating MBA students an opportunity to interact directly with senior business executives who have confronted some of the most important issues facing the energy and environment industries. Scheduled speakers in the series include John McNabb, vice chairman of investment banking at Duff & Phelps Corporation; Terry Yosie, president and CEO of the World Environment Center, and Tom Albanese, former CEO of Rio Tinto Corporation.