An interview with Edward Snyder appeared on October 13 in London's The Independent. As the newest player in the executive MBA market in London, Snyder set out how the GSB brings its strengths to the new campus.
What differentiates the GSB the most, according to the article, is its “Pure Chicago” approach. The faculty, curriculum, and quality are all the same as in Hyde Park. The new facilities in the Woolgate Exchange, close to the Guildhall and Bank of England, even share the latest digital technology as found in the Hyde Park Center.
When those strengths are coupled with the GSB’s ability to develop close relationships with major global companies, many of which have offices in London, Europe’s financial capital, the potential productivity of the program becomes clear. That’s one of the primary reasons the GSB relocated from Barcelona. The inaugural XP class has 91 students from 37 countries, which is a record level of interest in the program.
Snyder also discussed another hallmark of the Chicago MBA—it’s supercharged intellectual environment. Snyder remarked the GSB’s XP program is not about students “marching along a conveyor belt” towards their degree. He acknowledged learning at Chicago is designed to truly stretch a student’s mind, saying “you will walk out of class confused, and that’s a good thing.”
To read the full interview with Dean Snyder, visit The Independent. The article ran on October 13.
A related article can be found in the September 2005 issue of Financial World.
In the November 8, 2005 issue of the International Herald Tribune, Arnold Longoby, director of corporate realtions and recruitment at the GSB's European campus notes "being 'global' doesn't come from some checklist provided by professors. It has to be developed by interacting with and learning next to people from all corners of the world."
A story on the increase in executive MBA programs in Europe and elsewhere, "Executives flock to part-time study", can be found in the Financial Times, October 24, 2005.