International collaborations are perhaps the only route to a diverse and contemporary classroom. At a time when countries are setting a common agenda to tackle global issues, the TRIUM Global Executive MBA programme has been blending the strengths of three universities — New York University Stern School of Business (NYU Stern), HEC Paris and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Students receive one degree, jointly conferred by the three universities.
Erin O’Brien, assistant dean, TRIUM Global Executive MBA Programme and NYU Global Programmes, points out that TRIUM integrates international economic, political and social policy into the business curriculum through the participation of LSE.
O’Brien explains that participants attend six intensive modules, hosted at each of the three alliance schools (New York, Paris, London), as well as two additional, rotating modules. With the addition of a second cohort, the allocation of time among modules will shift to allow students to spend more time in emerging markets, as these rotating modules are currently held in Chennai and Shanghai.
According to him, the complexity of operating in a global world has created an increased need for executives who can manage in this environment, showing an ability to lead in circumstances that may be complex or ambiguous. The pace of change, O’Brien adds, is great and today’s executive must be entrepreneurial as well, i.e. nimble and sophisticated in both thought and analysis and often quick to execute.
As to the strength of a collaborative programme, he explains that while the strength of NYU Stern is finance, HEC Paris is strong in marketing, strategy and management, and LSE brings the socio-political and economic perspective to the curriculum.
Will participants from developing countries such as India gain a relevant perspective from the programme? O’Brien says participants from developing countries as well as from developed countries benefit from the programme.
“In fact, we have had a TRIUM module in India since 2008 (in Mumbai, Delhi and currently in Chennai) which, along with the module in Shanghai, provides an opportunity for TRIUM students to learn and experience first-hand business environment in a developing country,” he concludes.