EMBA Program bringing business leadership to Canada
Denzo J. Horv�th, dean of the Schulich School of Business
a leading Canadian and international business school, the
Schulich School of Business at York University is located
in Toronto, Canada's financial capital. Founded in 1966, Schulich
is known for its innovative programming, global orientation
and diverse faculty and student body. It offers undergraduate,
graduate and postgraduate business degrees leading to the
private, public and nonprofit sectors. Some 20,000 Schulich
graduates work in more than 80 countries worldwide. Its Executive
Education Centre annually enrolls 14,000 executives in Canada
The school only offered
an Executive MBA Program after it knew it could meet three
conditions: differentiating the program from competing EMBAs,
delivering a world-class product and maximizing student and
sponsor ROI. Partnering with the Kellogg School of Management
made it possible to meet all three. Schulich is extremely
proud of the Kellogg-Schulich partnership which created North
America's first ever cross-border executive MBA.
is home to the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA Program.
Officially launched in
January 2002, the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA has just graduated
its fourth cohort. The success of the program is due to our
students, faculty, staff, the curriculum and the Kellogg international
EMBA partnership. We have attracted Canadian students from
coast to coast, as well as some from the United States. Each
cohort has also included several students who flew in biweekly
to classes from countries as distant as Saudi Arabia and Nigeria,
to name a couple. Our students represent every sector of the
economy, including financial services, oil and gas, IT, biotech,
manufacturing, retail, media and nonprofits. They are as accomplished
in their personal lives as they are professionally.
With their energy and
love of learning, the faculty from Kellogg, Schulich and our
international partners have been a source of inspiration.
They are able to subtly balance theory and practice, and in
doing so, motivate students to push to attain ever greater
heights, despite having to balance work, study and family.
Our EMBA students established "Professor of the Year"
awards for each school. Although not an easy choice given
the high caliber of instruction all around, Kellogg Professors
Rogers and Ranjay
Gulati and Schulich Professors Gordon Roberts and
Ellen Auster have been recent winners.
In 2004, the program moved
20 kilometers north of the city from Schulich's downtown campus
to York's main campus. Its new home is the Executive Learning
Centre (ELC) portion of the school's new multimillion-dollar
building complex, recently awarded the Governor-General's
Medal for Architecture. The ELC features state-of-the-art
class- and break-out rooms, a 60-room residence hotel and
executive dining room.
Although our students
have been happy with all aspects of the curriculum, they praise
the two-week residence program at Kellogg and the International
Study Module. This year, KS-04 members were the guests of
the Kellogg School's academic partner in China, the Business
School at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
(HKUST). There, they shared "Doing Business in China"
and "Doing Business in the Asia Pacific Region"
courses with the Kellogg School's EMBA program from Germany,
the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management. They also visited
companies together and explored Hong Kong.
Kellogg-Schulich EMBA is now a truly global program, with
International Study Module offerings at all partner schools,
and the promise of shared classes and study teams with EMBAs
from across the globe. Our dream of launching an EMBA "in
a class by itself" has come true. We look forward to
welcoming future International Module participants from partner
programs and to being a part of the Kellogg School's outstanding