Smith School Expands in China
With Two New Programs for 2005
The Smith School recently marked an important milestone in its expansion in
the world’s most populous country. Soon even greater numbers of students in
China will benefit from the Smith School’s leading faculty and curriculum
with the launch of new programs this fall.
country continues to grow its economy at a blistering pace, Smith is well
poised to respond to demand from local talent to develop the skills needed
to lead in today’s digital economy.
New EMBA Program in Shanghai
Starting in November 2005,
the Smith School plans to expand its Executive MBA program to Shanghai. The
Shanghai EMBA program follows the successful launch of the Smith Executive
MBA program in Beijing in January of 2003. Like the Beijing program, the
Shanghai EMBA will be delivered by the world-renowned faculty of the Smith
School. The innovative, 18-month EMBA program is similar to Smith’s programs
in the United States and will consist of three integrated modules:
foundation, mastery and experiential learning – all designed specifically
for mid- to senior-level executives. The Smith School’s world-class MBA core
is the foundation of the program.
Custom Program for Otis Elevator China
November 2005 will also
mark the time that the school will begin offering a new, custom MBA program
for Otis Elevator China, one of the fastest growing multinational
corporations in China.
The Smith-Otis MBA program, developed in partnership with the
University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), will include
senior managers from Otis’ operations throughout China. The curriculum is
similar to that of Smith’s Shanghai EMBA but will include additional
coursework developed specifically to address the particular business needs
of Otis China. Courses will be taught by Smith School faculty and will be
delivered at the company’s world-class training center in Tianjin.
Smith School Partnership with ChinaCast Will Bring
Business Education to China’s Remote Areas
The Smith School and ChinaCast Communication Holdings Limited
(ChinaCast), a leading provider of e-learning solutions in China announced
the signing of a memorandum of understanding to deliver education courses
and programs to students in the People's Republic of China via satellite.
The partnership will greatly expand the geographical reach of
the Smith School in bringing its world-class programs to a broad audience in
China. Students in remote rural areas will now have opportunities for
greater access to the Smith School’s world-class faculty and extensive
experience delivering high quality business education.
Industry Day 2004, sponsored by the undergraduate
Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Society and the MBA Supply Chain
Organization, with the support of Smith logistics, business and public
policy department, was a huge success. Almost 40 companies participated,
twice as many as in 2003. The Colony Ballroom at University of Maryland’s
Stamp Student Union was packed with students and industry representatives in
a process of mutual exploration and interviews centered around professional
opportunities in logistics, transportation and supply chain management.
Attendees were treated to a keynote speech from
Jeff Crowe, chairman of Landstar System Inc., and the Logistics,
Transportation and Supply Chain Management Society’s Person of the Year. In
the future, said Crowe, logistics and transportation would be less about
increasing velocity and more about increasing security. “Moving information
around the world is as important as moving a box around the world,” said
Crowe. “A reliable, secure transportation system will be an integral part of
the companies of the future.”
The next Industry Day will be held on October 28,
MARYLAND GOVERNOR ROBERT L. EHRLICH,
JR., VISITED THE SMITH SCHOOL ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21. SMITH SCHOOL DEAN
HOWARD FRANK LED THE TOUR THROUGH THE SMITH SCHOOL’S NETCENTRICITY LABS
FOR FINANCE, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, E-MARKETS, AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE.
AFTER THE TOUR EHRLICH SPOKE TO A CLASS OF FIRST-YEAR MBA STUDENTS. BOTH
GOVERNOR EHRLICH AND DEAN FRANK SAID THEY HOPE GREATER PARTNERSHIPS WILL
DEVELOP BETWEEN THE SMITH SCHOOL’S THOUGHT LEADERS AND THE STATE