American University’s Ideal International Learning Lab
Celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this year, American University’s Kogod School of Business was the first MBA program in Washington D.C.
Alongside the excellence that comes from an AACSB accredited business school, Kogod reflects its Washington based location with exceptionally unique program offerings.
“The D.C. area is the ideal laboratory to learn not only international business, but how it relates to international public relations and affairs,” highlighted Director of Graduate Admissions, David Green. “Kogod attracts students from many different countries that culminates in a highly-focused, high-impact classroom environment.”
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Jason Kennedy highlighted, “For Brazilian students visiting Washington D.C., they will find it a little reminiscent of São Paulo in the sense that while the big government decisions are made here, there is also a vibrant cosmopolitan energy and a truly cultural melting pot.”
Kogod values the overall student experience and is focused on providing experiential learning based on real case studies relevant in today’s business environment. With a low 13:1 student to teacher ratio comes an engaged and accelerated learning experience for both the students and faculty.
“I think that’s one of our unique advantages that resonates with Brazilian students with a keen focus on the personal experience in whatever they do, whether it’s business or school,” explained Mr. Green.
Kogod’s Master of Science in Sustainability and Management program is geared towards students looking to continue their environmentally-focused studies that also relate to policy and business. The M.S. in Sustainability Management degree enrolls students from a diverse background, including geology, environmental studies, environmental sciences, and environmental engineering.
The new two-year Master of Science in Analytics program is designed to train those with a technical background to move towards the business management side with specializations in finance, marketing, and statistics.
Part of the fulltime MBA program, the signature course, Business at the Public/Private Intersection, involves site visits to local businesses and government organizations to examine the opportunities that exist for the two sectors to come together on some of the challenges occurring in various cities, states, or countries.
“It’s about looking at how one harnesses the full abilities of an economic engine to help serve the communities they are working in,” expanded Mr. Green.
Another component, the Global Consulting Project, allows a small team of students to work on a project with a foreign business, culminating in a company site visit to present project findings.
Through each of its programs, Kogod is looking to develop viable business and academic partnerships that further convey the school’s excellence; diversity; and cutting-edge, hands-on learning experiences. The sustainability program, in particular, fosters a unique dialogue with Brazil’s energy sector to eventually encourage even more comprehensive enrollment and engagement. The university is looking to connect with Brazilian companies to explore such opportunities.
American University is also seeking collaborations with other key parties for government scholarship programs. “Partnering with Brazilian universities, colleges, as well as local government, and even ministries of education officials would be of interest to us at American University,” concluded Mr. Green.