[photopress:mba_washington_state.jpg,full,alignright]Business School Dean Yash Gupta has said recent revisions to the master’s of business administration curriculum at the University of Washington (which is in Seattle and has been since 1861 as in our illustration so the Washington refers to state rather than DC. This problem probably drives the citizens of Washington State into an insensate fury but the fact it to the world outside if you say Washington then Washington DC is automatically presumed) will put students closer to the fundamentals that drive the real world of business today.
Phase one of the new curriculum, which emphasized learning in a specific real-world context, was introduced this year. Throughout the first-year core program, students focus on the traditional and essential elements that most MBA programs have, and now they do so in the context of a specific industry — biotechnology, for example — or a specific country, such as China.
The industry themes change with each passing quarter, but the country theme remains in place for the entire first year of the program.
During 2003-04, for example, the themes include biotechnology in the fall quarter, financial services in the winter and 21st century retail in the spring. The country theme focused on greater China.
Source: University of Washington News
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