“We’ve always made a big effort to be interdisciplinary and to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
Global partners in management education
MIT Sloan's current partner programs with educational and research institutions in Brazil, China, India, Portugal, and Turkey represent formal, collaborative relationships geared toward expanding international learning opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators. Each of these resource-intensive programs involves customized activities based on the particular strengths and goals of the partner institution and MIT Sloan.
Over-arching objectives for MIT Sloan partner programs include:
Multicultural exposure – Doing business today means doing business with companies and colleagues around the world. To succeed, students must understand cultural context and management practices in countries other than their own. MIT Sloan’s international partner programs promote multicultural exposure and well-rounded worldviews.
Regional insights – The global business landscape is driven by established and major emerging economies. MIT Sloan’s partner programs provide insight into both:
- International partner institutions gain a greater understanding of U.S.-based companies, with a particular focus on the entrepreneurial sector; and
- MIT Sloan gains in-depth exposure to key regions of economic development across the globe.
Global networking – Students, faculty, and administrators from MIT Sloan and international partner institutions develop relationships that lead to valuable networking opportunities and collaborations in the working world and research arena.
“Chinese culture has many rules and behavior. The culture here is more relaxed. Students have more freedom. Freedom encourages more creation. Professors put out questions with no answers, ask students to think. It’s good to make students think, learn from each other. I will teach students with more freedom.”