New MBA Broadens IU Kelley's Global Reach

The school was founded in 1965 and is one of the first in the U.K. The school was founded in 1965 and is one of the first in the U.K.

A new partnership between the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and Alliance Manchester Business School in England will open up each school to new global markets. The colleges will offer a joint MBA program which will give students opportunities in commerce hubs that include Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sao Paolo. Kelley Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs Ash Soni says the collaboration compliments IU's existing agreements with schools in India and South Korea.

Alliance Manchester is the largest campus-based business school in the United Kingdom. Lord Alliance of Manchester recently made what the U.K. school calls a "landmark" investment in campus development.

IU Kelley Dean Idie Kesner says the partnership will provide students with "the skills needed to lead a multi-national enterprise and provide them with real career momentum."

Soni, who hold degrees from both universities, says a key component to the agreement is IU's web-based education presence. "We are big in the online space, so most of our courses will be offered online with some in-residence experiences." He says Manchester has been in the global education environment for a long time with its array of international locations in Asia, Europe and South America. The universities say students will learn from the same business faculty currently involved with each highly-recognized school.

"This is another exciting international partnership for Alliance MBS as we strengthen our global offer,” said Alliance Manchester Business School head Fiona Devine in a statement. "Together with Kelley School of Business, we will continue to build on our history of delivering world-class research-led business education through innovative programs that stretch and prepare our MBAs to meet their career ambitions."

IU says the program will cost $65,000.

IU Kelley Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs Ash Soni tells Inside INdiana Business the degree program will have a "global flavor."
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