Business Degree with an International Flavor: MIIS Continues to Expand its MBA Exchange Program
“I guess I wanted the opportunity to grow up,” says Cheng Qiao (MBA ’12) about her decision to spend a year as an exchange student at the Monterey Institute, adding a master’s in business administration to her degree in finance at Shandong University in China. “The class discussions are the most challenging part,” she adds explaining that she has never before had to participate in active dialogue with her fellow students and professors in the classroom.
“MIIS was highly recommended to me,” says Andreas Engelson (MBA ’11) from the Norwegian School of Economics. He will be starting a new job as a consultant for enterprise risk services at Deloitte after he graduates in January, and really appreciates the international focus. Hany Amin (MBA ’11) of the American University in Cairo is also in his last semester and believes a semester at MIIS is the perfect compliment to his degree. Genevieve Guerard (MBA ’11) already spent a summer working in Geneva, but felt like she should learn more about business in the US before graduating from the Universite de Sherbrooke in Montreal, Canada.
All four relish the opportunity to work with classmates and professors from other cultures. Hany notes that “we learn that we have more in common that we thought.” The exchange students themselves also “are an important part of the colorful tapestry of our campus, valuable additions to our pursuit of global engagement, development of cross-cultural competence, and a memorable learning experience,” says Yuwei Shi, dean of the Graduate School of International Management and Policy. This semester, the MBA program welcomed 19 exchange students from four continents, and Dean Shi and his team expect that number to grow in the coming years thanks to new partner school agreements in the works.