[photopress:Stanford_Dean_Robert_L._Joss.jpg,full,alignright]Xing Zong is a Chinese graduate student at Duke University pursuing a Ph.D. degree in physics. Recently Xing had an exclusive interview with Professor Joss, Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Robert Joss, a leader in global banking, former Treasury Department official and Stanford Ph.D., became the eighth dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1999. Joss started his tenure as dean after six years as chief executive officer and managing director of Australia’s Westpac Banking Corporation.
As dean of the Business School, he is currently overseeing the development of a new MBA Curriculum to be put in place for the class entering in September 2007.
Of this Dean Joss said, ‘It’s important to note that we have kept the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program strategically small, at about 375 students per year, 750 in total, compared to more than two or more times that number at some of our top peer schools. This small size fosters a collaborative learning environment and a strong alumni network.
‘The new plan calls for an expanded global management curriculum. The School will continue to globalize its cases and course materials, and a global experience will be required of each student during theirtwo years at the School.
‘This can be fulfilled by a study trip, an international internship, an overseas service-learning trip, or perhaps through a student exchange, such as the School’s new program with Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management in China. . . .
‘What gets me excited about China is its enormous size and growth potential combined with an incredibly short supply of experienced and capable managers. Without this management talent, China will not reach its full growth potential.
We’re already collaborating with Tsinghua University in a popular MBA exchange program. We also host a faculty from Tsinghua each year.
‘Let me give you some numbers. 43% of our fall 2006 entering class was international. Of these 12% are from Asia. We have 227 Stanford University alumni in China. Of these, nearly half, 107, are graduates of the Graduate School of Business.’