International Faculty Fellows (IFF) at MIT Sloan are faculty from universities in China, Korea, and Portugal who come to MIT Sloan to learn what the MIT Sloan faculty members teach, how they teach it, and how students learn. Many IFFs also take advantage of their time at MIT Sloan to learn Western research methodologies and identify research topics that they continue at their own universities, often in collaboration with MIT Sloan faculty.
IFFs join MBA classes and teams and consult with their faculty advisers on ways to adapt MIT Sloan course materials to their own environments. They also attend teaching workshops where they learn how to lead classroom discussions and encourage student participation. For the IFFs from China, this approach is a stark contrast with their traditional style of teaching by lecture and exams.
In 2004 and 2005, MIT Sloan worked with Sistema Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico to enhance the performance of ITESM faculty and launch a premier Mexican MBA program with a focus on innovation. Eleven ITESM IFFs spent terms at MIT Sloan.
From 2002 to 2008, the School of Business and Tourism Management at Yunnan University in Kunming, China, participated in the MIT-China Management Education Project through its Internationally Oriented MBA (IOMBA) program. Twenty-three Yunnan faculty members came to MIT Sloan as IFFs and Yunnan graduated 181 IOMBAs.
Also in 2004 and 2005, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) sent three IFFs to MIT Sloan from the Graduate School of Business, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). In 2009, the School of Business and Finance at University of the Western Cape, South Africa, is sending two faculty members, one in the spring and one in the fall, to the IFF program as special visitors.