Cross-continental business school partnerships you should know about


In an increasingly interconnected world, educational partnerships across continents have become incredibly valuable for global learning experiences. Business education PR experts Kyle Grizzell and Stephanie Mullins-Wiles from BlueSky Education explore some of the partnerships that could inspire further collaboration in the industry. 

From fostering a deeper understanding of global issues and different business approaches to cultivating cross-cultural competence among students, partnerships between schools from different corners of the world support the next generation of entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business experts.

Here is just a selection of some of the inspiring cross-continental business school partnerships offering special opportunities to shape the future of business:

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business (NU GSB) in Kazakhstan offers an MBA and Executive MBA in strategic partnership with Duke Fuqua School of Business in the US. NU GSB established this partnership in 2009 to support its ambition to build a world-class business school in the capital city of Astana.

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke Fuqua is an internationally recognised and consistently well-ranked business school with a global network across London, Dubai, New Delhi, Shanghai, and more.

Leveraging leadership, faculty and staff expertise, the initial focus of the partnership was to develop high calibre MBA programmes that prepare the next generation of business leaders to succeed, while building faculty strength and increasing the research capabilities of the institution.

A benefit of this partnership is that MBA and EMBA participants can undertake a residency at Duke University in the US for two weeks, allowing students an international learning experience.

BI Norwegian Business School and Fudan University School of Management

In 1996, Fudan University School of Management in China and BI Norwegian Business School in Norway jointly started the BI-Fudan MBA, a programme in which professors from BI are invited to China to lecture. It is considered one of the longest-running MBA programmes in China, with an international business school.

Through interaction with peers and guidance by international faculty, this course provides students the knowledge and understanding to succeed in an increasingly global business world in which China is becoming ever more influential due to rapid economic growth, reliance on its manufacturing hubs, and technological advancements.

Chinese pragmatism, entrepreneurial spirit, and market opportunities combined with the Nordic business culture of equality, collaboration, and transparency result in a programme which expresses the most effective approaches for both conducting business and promoting an innovative work environment.

An English-language programme, the BI-Fudan MBA runs for two years with 11 core modules taught in Shanghai and the final module and graduation ceremony in Oslo. There are also elective courses on offer which allow a student to potentially study in the US, Spain, Singapore, Germany, and Sweden.

Sheffield Business School with Asia, North and South America, and Australia

Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK offers study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students with almost 100 international institutions thanks to a wide variety of partnerships. This includes the opportunity to study abroad with schools in Asia, North and South America, Australia, and more.

For example, students from a wide selection of Business and Management BA and BSc courses can choose to study at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Peru, Lingnan University in Hong Kong, University of Malaya in Malaysia, Carleton University in Canada, Johnson & Wales University in the US, or La Trobe University in Australia. And that is just a small selection of locations on offer!

The Council on Business & Society

Founded in 2011, the Council on Business & Society (CoBS) is a community of leading schools of business and management around the world who want to engage their students, alumni, the business world and civil society in addressing major and lasting environmental change. Through individual and collective efforts, member schools create and share knowledge for tomorrow’s responsible business leaders.

Member schools represent North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, including Trinity Business School in Ireland, The Business Administration School of São Paulo at FGV in Brazil, and ESSEC Business School with campuses in France, Singapore, and Morocco, and more.

Together, these schools create shared educational content and courses, organise international sustainability-focused events, carry out research, and contribute research-based thought leadership to the Council’s quarterly magazine.

Cross-continental partnerships between business schools such as these highlight commitment to fostering inclusive education, sustainable practices, and preparing business leaders for the future. Through shared knowledge and joint initiatives, they underscore the transformative power of global collaboration in shaping the next generation of leaders and innovators.

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