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Sabancı University Executive MBA Program signs a cooperation agreement with Columbia Business School

Sabancı Business School entered a partnership with the Executive Education program at Columbia Business School, one of the leading business schools of the world with a century of experience. The partnership will enable Sabancı University Executive MBA students to attend a two-week Executive Education leadership program at Columbia Business School in New York    


The cooperation agreement between Sabancı Business School and Columbia Business School will enable Sabancı University Executive MBA students to attend a two-week leadership program in New York. Participants will attend lectures by Columbia Business School faculty and visit companies in the business capital of the world to gain a better understanding of the global business environment.

The first step in the partnership was taken with the signature ceremony at Columbia University on Friday, May 6, 2016.  Attending the meeting were Sabancı University Founding Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı, President Professor Nihat Berker, Sabancı Business School Dean Professor Füsun Ülengin, Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School, and Associate Dean of Executive Education Mike Malefakis.

“We are lifting up the careers of Executive MBA participants to the premier league”

Sabancı University Founding Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı said, "This agreement between Columbia Business School and our Sabancı Business School is an innovative step towards greater achievements and international partnership. This agreement will empower our Sabancı Business School  to continue being a center of attraction and excellence in its field. Through this partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education, we are taking the careers of Executive MBA participants to the premier league. I am confident that business leaders in Turkey will make the most of this opportunity and achieve great gains." 


Sabancı Business School Dean Professor Füsun Ülengin said, “The Sabancı Business School has been among the leading business schools in Turkey since our university was established. The School proved its quality of education by earning the AACSB Accreditation and was listed among the top Executive MBA programs by Financial Times. Our next objective is to run for regional leadership with such international partnerships. Business leaders today are expected not only to have an excellent grasp of their own country and the business environment there, but also to have global competencies and international experience. Sharing of academic knowledge as well as local and regional experience within this partnership will expand the vision of both schools. The international experience will create unprecedented learning opportunities for both the participants and our institutions. As the Sabancı Business School, we will continue to make the best investments for our students in the future."


Associate Dean of Columbia Business School Executive Education, Mike Malefakis, said, “Columbia Business School Executive Education welcomes the opportunity to partner with Sabancı Business School. We are excited to offer Sabancı students the opportunity to learn from our world-renown thought leaders and to provide access to leading business practitioners here at the very center of business.  Our hope is that this experience will allow Turkish executives to take the lessons learned here and put them into practice in Turkey or wherever they chose to operate next in the world.”

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