Florida International University (FIU) College of Business in Miami has entered into a three-year agreement with the University of International Business & Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. Through this agreement, UIBE will dedicate a building on its campus to UIBE-FIU co-branded programs; the two universities already began offering courses jointly at UIBE’s campus in Qingdao, China. UIBE students will be eligible for FIU’s master of international business or master of science in finance programs, offered through FIU’s Chapman Graduate School of Business, with the first UIBE cohort arriving in Miami in August.
Cranfield University in the U.K. has been chosen as the higher education provider to partner with Milton Keynes, England, as the city goes forward with plans to develop a “new model” university. Currently known as MK:U, the institution will be developed in partnership with business and deliver a STEM-focused undergraduate curriculum in areas such as digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Cranfield’s partners include Grant Thornton UK, Microsoft UK, and Tech Mahindra UK. It is estimated that around 5,000 students will study at MK:U, with the first cohort arriving in 2023. The university is a key part of the city’s long-term vision, which includes growing the city to 500,000 people by 2050.
The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai and ESCA Ecole de Management in Casablanca, Morocco, have partnered on an initiative to simplify the process for students from Morocco to enroll in the CEIBS MBA and Global Executive MBA programs. ESCA alumni who are accepted to the CEIBS GEMBA will be offered a substantial scholarship, while those admitted as MBA students will be eligible for a mix of scholarships and low-interest in-house loans.
IESE Business School of Barcelona, Spain, is in the process of developing executive education programs in conjunction with Shizenkan University, a new university that is set to open in Tokyo, Japan, in August. The programs, which will be delivered in the Tokyo area, will emphasize the humanistic aspects of business leadership. This approach will be in line with Shizenkan University’s focus on “whole-person” leadership and the school’s goal of combining traditional management education with training centered on the traditions and philosophies of Asian countries.
The Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has established the AXIS Risk Management Academy in collaboration with global specialty insurer and reinsurer AXIS Capital Holdings Limited. AXIS will contribute US$1.5 million over five years to fund the academy, which will provide undergraduates with professional
development resources and experiences related to risk management.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has established the HKUST-Minerva Scholars program in partnership with the Minerva Project, an alternative university education program based out of the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California. Beginning in fall 2018, the program will allow selected HKUST students to take four Minerva courses during their first two years of study, while taking additional HKUST courses in parallel. Meanwhile, final-year students at the Minerva Schools will have the option to spend part of their fourth year at HKUST.