Connecting Globally: An Educational Paradigm Shift
Connecting globally in the 21st century is electronically easy, but international partners frequently want on-site connections as well. Tiffin University has found a way to deliver programs that are cost-effective, time-efficient and partner-friendly for its overseas MBA program and faculty/student exchanges. This presentation will discuss the negotiations concerning program delivery, the mutually-agreed upon solutions and the successful sustainability of the programs as a result.The model TU developed in conjunction with its overseas educational partners for the delivery of its MBA in Romania is unique in Eastern Europe, and last year, resulted in the University’s accreditation by the European Council of Business Education (ECBE.) TU is the first ACBSP accredited business school to earn this distinction. One positive result of this accreditation is that European business schools outside of Romania have approached TU to develop long-term partnerships. This has, however, forced a paradigm shift, as it becomes increasingly difficult for the University to commit its resources, both financial and human, to implement this model in other venues while remaining true to its core mission and current students. This presentation will share TU’s efforts to turn “growing pains” into growth opportunities as it re-packages its model. This shifting paradigm may serve as a roadmap for other small Universities and Business Schools as they attempt to manage international growth efficiently, and effectively, both in terms of program delivery and cost.
Keywords: MBA Program, Eastern Europe, Bucharest, Romania
Dr Laura Mays
Associate Professor and Director of Eastern European Operations, School of Business, Tiffin University