More MBA programs strive to give students a global business perspective

Many academic professionals believe it is becoming increasingly important for business students to gain international exposure.
Many academic professionals believe it is becoming increasingly important for business students to gain international exposure.

Frank Brown, dean of Instead's business school, recently told BusinessWeek that the importance of an international education for master's of business administration (MBA) students cannot be emphasized enough.

"I look at experience and I look at the state of the world today, and I conclude that international exposure, living somewhere else in the world, really immersing yourself into another culture, is absolutely critical for someone to succeed in business in today's world," he said.

Many schools across the country offer students international business studies, along with an MBA, in order to provide them with a more global education.

For example, at the University of Pennsylvania, students can earn an interdisciplinary master's degree in international affairs and business administration, according to the school. The institution also opens its MBA program to foreign students, with 38 percent coming from abroad. The socialization between national and international degree seekers can, in itself, give students an international view on business.

Similarly, Arizona's Thunderbird School of Global Management allows students to earn their MBA degree in locations such as Europe and Latin America, according to the school.

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