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Thunderbird School of Global Management to offer undergraduate degree

GLENDALE, AZ – Allen J. Morrison, CEO and Director General of Thunderbird School of Global Management, a unit of the ASU Knowledge Enterprise at Arizona State University, announced today that the highly ranked post-graduate international business management school will begin offering an undergraduate degree in the Fall of 2015.

The expanded offering emerges from Thunderbird’s new alliance with Arizona State University and combines the strengths of both institutions.

“The Bachelor of Global Management degree program will draw on Thunderbird School of Global Management’s expertise in global management practices, intercultural communication and language development,” said Allen J. Morrison, CEO and Director General of Thunderbird.  “The curriculum will provide the undergraduate student population access to Thunderbird’s outstanding global management faculty and strong relationships with global organizations to develop the skills needed to operate effectively in today’s globally connected world.”

ASU Provost Robert Page said the new program builds on Thunderbird’s roots.

“In its earliest days, Thunderbird offered a Bachelor’s degree,” said Page.  “So, while it will continue its unrivaled curriculum for graduate students, this represents a recommitment to Thunderbird’s mission.  Bringing Thunderbird’s global management instruction to the undergraduate level will contribute to ASU’s ability to produce global-ready graduates well versed in the business world and intercultural competencies necessary to be effective in addressing both global and local issues.”

The Bachelor of Global Management will be delivered at ASU West in northwest Phoenix, less than 3 miles away from the Thunderbird campus.  The Master of Global Management degree and the Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management, along with all executive education courses will continue to be offered exclusively at the Thunderbird campus in Glendale.

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The Bachelor’s degree program, which has been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, is expected to attract prospective students who are interested in a business degree with global focus, as well as a focus on language

Morrison said the Bachelor of Global Management degree at Thunderbird will be very different from the experience at ASU’s highly regarded W.P. Carey School of Business.

The curriculum in the Bachelor of Global Management program will provide undergraduate students access to Thunderbird’s experienced global management faculty and the skills needed to operate effectively in today’s globally connected world.

Through a strong language and inter-cultural focus in Arabic, Chinese, English or Spanish, students will develop the advanced communication skills demanded by international employers, governments, and non-governmental entities.

Morrison said it is the curriculum’s focus and depth will make the Thunderbird undergraduate program unique as well as its peer-to-peer structure.

“In order to delve deeper into the themes of intercultural communication and business culture of a specific region and language, a unique class structure will pair both native and second language learners in the same classroom,” said Morrison.  “ And that’s just the beginning.  A required semester-long applied learning experience, such as an international internship, will allow students to put the skills they have learned into practice in real world settings.”

“In the senior capstone course, students will propose and complete a project of their choice which draws upon the unique skills they have developed throughout the program while developing an online portfolio articulating their skills, qualities and work experience for potential employers as part of their professional development plan.

Student recruitment efforts are expected to be heavily international and draw students from around the world as well as from the well-developed pipeline of students in International Baccalaureate programs, Chinese language training programs supported by the Confucius Institute and Spanish speaking households throughout the state of Arizona.

About Arizona State University 
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About Thunderbird School of Global Management
Since our inception in 1946, Thunderbird has focused exclusively on educating global leaders in the intricacies of international management. While other business schools scramble to add global curriculum and keep pace, Thunderbird remains firmly at the forefront. That’s because all we do, all we are, is global. It’s not part of what we offer. It’s everything we offer. We educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide.