Toronto Among Cities Hosting Global MBA from Manchester Business School

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City’s growing global profile and demographics attract only UK business school operating in Americas.

On the heels of this week’s announcement by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business of new standards that recognize the growth of remote and global learning, Manchester Business School has announced a series of information and networking sessions for its AACSB-accredited and blended format Global MBA.

In announcing the first overhaul of its standards in a decade, AACSB leadership paid specific attention to student demand for remote learning options, and the need to more fully engage future business leaders with global realities and change.

"Business schools are at a time of unprecedented change. To remain current, leaders within the industry had to stand back and evaluate where management education needed to go," said Joseph DiAngelo, chair of the AACSB Board of Directors. "Throughout this process, we looked deeply at the marketplace to determine new routes to relevance, to ensure business schools are developing the type of leaders that society needs for the future. The changes will keep business schools at the heart of global commerce."

The Manchester Business School Global MBA is a three-year, part-time degree completed online and at one of seven global centers, including a new Miami-Americas Center opened in 2010.

“Manchester Business School understood from the start that a truly Global MBA should require students to engage each other — as well as a myriad of business challenges, value-creation, and issues of sustainability — across the chasm of location, language and geo-political reality,” said Melissa Holland, Manchester Business School Regional Director, Miami-Americas Center.

Holland will meet prospective students, along with Manchester Business School alumni and invited guests, in Toronto, Houston, New York and Washington in the coming weeks.

Toronto Event Details
Manchester Business School
Networking and Information Session
Sheraton Centre Toronto
April 15, 2013
12 noon - 2pm
To register for the event, visit:

Global MBA: Miami, Manchester, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Sao Paulo
Designed for multinational managers, the program combines face-to-face workshops with an interactive online environment. All 3,500 students enrolled in the MBS Global MBA worldwide enjoy common pricing and a shared faculty, and are encouraged to attend workshops at a minimum of two other locations outside their home center.

Prospective students can learn more about the Global MBA, the new AASCB standards, and other issues related to global business by reading the MBS global MBA blog.

Accreditation and Rankings
Manchester Business School is one of 672 member institutions that hold AACSB Accreditation, and one of a small and select group of institutions worldwide that is accredited by all three major bodies - AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS.

Global MBA Ranking
•The 2013 Financial Times survey ranks our MBA 5th in the UK, 11th in Europe and 29th in the world.
•The MBA Career Guide survey of international MBA recruiters places MBS 2nd in the UK, 7th in Europe and 15th in the world.
•MBS ranks 2nd in the world, outside the US, by Forbes. The Forbes rating uses return on investment (ROI) as its main measure, combined with feedback gathered from MBS' global alumni community.

About Toronto
Toronto is Canada's largest city and the fourth largest City in North America, is home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million (5.8 million people regionally). The Toronto CMA has the largest percentage of foreign-born residents (46%) as a share of the total population out of all North American metropolitan areas, and has a more broadly diverse population than London, New York or Los Angeles.

Sixty-four per cent of Toronto residents between the ages of 25 and 64 have a post-secondary education. The financial services sector is a key driver of the local, provincial and national economy, employing over 223,000 individuals. Toronto is both the financial services capital of Canada and the fastest growing financial center in North America. As such, Toronto houses the leaders in Canada's financial services industry including: five of Canada's largest domestic banks, 55 foreign bank subsidiaries and branches and 119 securities firms; headquarters for six of Canada's top insurers that manage more than 90 per cent of the industry's assets, 61 mutual funds companies, 58 pension fund managers, and five of Canada's largest pension plans with combined assets in excess of $300 billion; and, the TMX Group, the third-largest stock exchange group in North America and the eighth largest in the world based on market capitalization. Toronto is the center of the Anglophone media industry in Canada, the advertising industry, the entertainment industry, the fashion industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the retail industry and the center of the financial industry in Canada.

About Manchester Business School Miami
Manchester Business School Miami provides MBA students with a truly unique program. Students enrolled in the part time global MBA program have the flexibility to study in an interactive online learning environment plus take part in face-to-face workshops with students from across the globe. Students have the option of attending all of their classes at the Miami-Americas center or they can combine their work in Miami with classes Manchester, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Sao Paulo. No other global MBA program offers this unique mix of online flexibility plus international locations, faculty and students.

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