UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


UNC Kenan-Flagler wins award for innovation in international education


A University of North Carolina undergraduate business program offered in partnership with business schools in Hong Kong and Copenhagen was honored for innovation in international education by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education (GLOBE) Program, a program offered in partnership by UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Copenhagen Business School, received an honorable mention in the international partnerships category of the IIE’s 2011 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.

Launched in 2005, GLOBE brings together three of the world’s best business schools to provide undergraduate students a premier business education that spans the globe. It is the only collaborative undergraduate business program taught across three continents.

“We are gratified that IIE has honored this innovative program which develops future leaders and global citizens,” said David Ravenscraft, associate dean of BSBA Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “The opportunity for students from around the globe to learn together from professors at all three schools has a powerful impact on their lives as students and as graduates. It’s a model that succeeds in providing an immersive learning experience on three continents. The skills they develop from this experience are both practical and relevant for our global economy.”

Roots of the GLOBE Program can be traced to the groundbreaking alliance of five top business schools that created the global OneMBA® program for executives. GLOBE enrolls a cohort of 45 students each year from the schools to study together for 18 months at the schools’ campuses in Denmark, Hong Kong and the United States. It provides future business leaders with the opportunity to learn from world-class professors and senior corporate executives, and develop distinct global business skills. They learn first-hand about business operations and cultures in Asia, Europe and North America, which include study trips to corporations, government departments and NGOs in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, New York, Research Triangle Park, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Washington D.C.

The awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the members of IIENetwork, a membership association of more than 1,000 higher education institutions. IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in New York City on March 18, 2011, as part of its conference for campus professionals.

“The 2011 IIE Heiskell Award winners represent some of the world’s best initiatives in internationalizing higher education,” says IIE President and CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman. “As institutions continue to innovate, taking their internationalization efforts to new heights and depths, we look forward to continuing our tradition of recognizing their commitment to excellence and meeting the global mandate of our time.”

Visit www.iie.org/heiskellawards for profiles of the Heiskell Award winners.