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MBA students attend courses in partnership with foreign universities
Students from institutions in Latin America, the United States, and Portugal were able to attend classes together with the Insper MBA classes
Insper MBA students had the opportunity to attend a week of courses alongside students from partner schools in Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and the United States.
The International Week was conducted in two sessions, offered between July 5-8 and July 12-15. During those periods, four courses were taught in English: Value creation, strategy under uncertainty, global cities, and financial market ecosystem.
For Professor David Kallás, Coordinator of the Insper Graduate Programs, international experience is fundamental to thriving in several careers. “Career progression necessarily involves interacting with people from other countries, whether they are suppliers, clients, subordinates, peers, or bosses,” he says.
For that reason, Kallás believes that partnering with schools abroad to offer online classes allows Insper students to have that type of exchange, even when they are at home. “By interacting with people from partner institutions, our students and faculty discover diverse ways of thinking and further expand their network of contacts.”
The international week has been happening at our school for some years now, in different formats. With the launching of our International Executive MBA, it is consolidated, involving students and faculty. “The idea is that we can expand this initiative and have in attendance increasingly more students and even professors from different partner institutions,” says Ana Paula Fraga, Coordinator of International Affairs at Insper.
The participants’ viewpoint
For International Executive MBA students, the activities were part of the required curriculum. On the other hand, attendees of our Executive MBA and Executive MBA in Finance programs could choose between two of the programs’ courses to obtain the equivalency of an elective course.
Malu Figueiredo Palma was one of the International Week’s attendees. She had graduated in Fashion Design and is currently taking the Insper International Executive MBA. In her view, the week was a way to connect with other cultures and have a global-level learning experience without having to leave Brazil.
“The content of the classes I attended was excellent. We studied interesting and current strategic topics, such as ESG practices in corporations. Group activities during classes were important for students to get to know each other and share experiences,” says Malu.
For Bruno Barbosa, who attends an MBA program at UCLA — one of the partners in the Week — the course dynamic was very positive and allowed him to partake in the presentation of content during classes actively.
“I registered seeking to understand perspectives on strategy and value creation, especially under the current uncertain scenario in Brazil,” says Bruno. “Insper presented me with a different view in this context, especially because it included and gave importance to sustainability in the process of building and executing strategies in the short, medium, and long terms.”
The Insper MBA
Insper MBA programs offer different formats to meet each student’s career goals. They train professionals who already have management experience and seek to develop leadership competencies, besides improving skills for decision-making at organizations.