University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute Launches New Africa Program

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Applications for new Africa track are being accepted for the May 2016 entering class.

The Lauder Institute, offering an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Master’s in International Studies, today announced the launch of a new Africa track focusing on the African continent. The Africa Program join’s Lauder’s five other regional concentrations – East and South East Asia, Europe, Americas, South Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa – in addition to the Institute’s Global Program which emphasizes the role of international actors and actions across national borders and world regions.

Ronald Lauder, Co-founder of the Lauder Institute and Chairman of its Board of Governors, said, “The African continent is an important frontier for global business. Focusing on this region perfectly aligns with our mission, which is to prepare the next generation of global leaders.”

“This program, concentrating exclusively on the unique economic, social, health and environmental conditions in Africa, is incredibly timely,” says Mauro Guillén, Director of the Lauder Institute. “By 2050, Africa is likely to have 25 percent of the world’s population and by the end of the century it is likely to have 35 percent of the world’s population. We’re delighted to offer our students the opportunity to make a difference there.”

The new Africa program is accepting applications for the May 2016 entering class. Applicants to the Africa Program will have a working knowledge of Swahili, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German or other languages spoken in West, East and Southern Africa.

The Lauder Institute is able to launch the Africa Program thanks in part to a generous gift from Lauder Institute graduates Bill Belleville and Melissa Merten Belleville.

About the Lauder Institute:
Founded in 1983 by Leonard and Ronald Lauder in honor of their father, the University of Pennsylvania’s Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies provides a fully integrated business education to a new generation of global leaders. The Lauder Institute offers two joint-degree programs that combine the power of a professional credential in business from the Wharton School or law from Penn Law with a master of arts in International Studies. Integrating excellent teaching in tailored arts and sciences coursework with advanced language study and cultural immersion experiences, the joint-degree program at Lauder was the first of its kind and has remained in a class by itself.

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About the Wharton School:
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 94,000 graduates.

About the School of Arts & Sciences:
The School of Arts & Sciences provides a foundation for the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. The School enrolls 6500 undergraduates, admits approximately 250 students each year into its 32 doctoral programs, and offers a wide range of programs for lifelong learning. International studies are a vibrant enterprise at the School of Arts & Sciences. In addition to offering instruction in 50 languages, the school is home to an array of centers, programs and institutes dedicated to the study of world regions and contemporary global issues and conflicts.

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