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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008

SANTA CLARA, CA - February 21, 2008 - Announcing a new era of MBA education, officials at Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business this morning unveiled a next generation design for its highly regarded Executive MBA program, recently ranked 21st in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

"Business leaders told us they need men and women who not only have the tools for rigorous analysis, but can develop and lead teams around the world," said Kirthi Kalyanam, director of the Executive MBA program and leader of the design team. "Actually, what our design team has achieved is to identify what the next generation of EMBA programs should look like. Our new design introduces this new era in graduate business programs."

Unique to the design is what the business school calls "Cutting Edge Immersion" experience. "This will bring students to Silicon Valley companies which are globally renowned for being on the cutting edge of business practices," noted Jennifer Taylor, director of Graduate Business Admissions for the school. "Students will work directly with key decision-makers, review the results, and debrief with corporate executives. Hence, we've shortened the learning cycle. The forward thinking management techniques taught will appear in someone's textbook several years down the road--but our students get to understand these management techniques both first-hand and first."

Elizabeth Ford, assistant dean of Graduate Business Programs for the Leavey School, said the new design places greater emphasis on global competencies throughout the curriculum. "A key component will be an international experience in the opening term," she said. "Our faculty and students will travel and study in countries with emerging economies."

The Executive MBA students admitted to the program through a highly selective screening process will begin the program in August 2008, and graduate 17 months later. For more information, contact the Graduate Business Admissions office ( or 408.554.4539) or visit .

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