Hope you found the Student Town Hall about Thunderbird’s vision for the future held last Tuesday valuable. It was interesting interacting with Dr. Larry Penley, Francis Najafi and Ann Iverson. For those that did not attend the event, below is a brief recap about what was discussed in the Town Hall. Learn more about the alliance here: www.alliance.thunderbird.edu.
Dr. Penley led the Town Hall describing Thunderbird’s expansion plans in light of the Laureate partnership. There are multiple global expansion opportunities in terms of putting Thunderbird on the global map. Expect to see programs at these new campuses across the world, thanks to Laureate:
- IEDE, Chile
- Grand Ecole Sperior de Commerce, Paris, France
- Business School, Sao Paolo, Brazil
- Universidad Europea de Madrid, Madrid, Spain (a school known specifically for it’s successful Sports MBA program)
We also have opportunities for a Global MBA Online field seminar in Milan, Italy, and the school is looking to create a permanent base in Asia as well.
There will be investments for the Glendale campus as well, to the tune of USD 30M. The alliance will also help Thunderbird become debt-free by clearing its debt of USD 24M. The MS students who wish to matriculate to the MBA program will be eligible to receive a USD 20K scholarship – that’s a significant improvement! Of course, there will be better job prospects, increased alumni services and a larger faculty base. On-campus expansion investment would include extra dining facilities and the removal of the old barracks were operational in the days of yore.
TSG President, Abhishek Nagaraju, announced a student contest–an exciting opportunity for new students to travel to the new locations. Watch out for more information from Abhi Nagaraju, Nikhil Purwaha or Michael Reardon in the next few days.
How you can be involved as a student
There are a couple of ways that you can be involved in these new developments. Please get in touch with the TSG should you be interested.
- Help create the campus master plan
- Provide suggestions for new program/curriculum development
Let us know what you think about these new developments by commenting below!