[[{"fid":"12969","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Peers + Professors = Preparation for Global Business Success","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Peers + Professors = Preparation for Global Business Success"},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Peers + Professors = Preparation for Global Business Success","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Peers + Professors = Preparation for Global Business Success"}},"attributes":{"alt":"Peers + Professors = Preparation for Global Business Success","title":"Peers + Professors = Preparation for Global Business Success","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"1"}}]]Succeeding in global business is no accident – it’s the result of specialized skills and knowledge. So what are these skills, and where can you find them?

If you think the answer is “an MBA program,” think again. For global business success, you are better served by a program that combines peer-to-peer learning and professor-centered learning to develop different but equally important skills.

Peers + Professors

Peer-to-peer learning empowers students to interact with each other and work together toward educational goals. It’s a proven effective way to learn real-world skills that are in high demand – skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and expanded global viewpoints.

Here at Thunderbird, peer learning is a fundamental part of the experience – it’s known as the “collaborate to graduate” model.

One recent graduate, Juan Carlos Quiroga of Bolivia, says his classroom experiences with peers from around the world gave him the right mindset for success. “Of course it was competitive – that’s healthy,” he says. “But people helped and collaborated in every aspect, so all of us grew as a ‘we.’ ”

Professor-centered learning, meanwhile, is essential for delivering factual information in a controlled environment. And the expert professors at Thunderbird amplify the business facts and theories they teach by sharing their hard-earned experiences with students.

Preparation

Combining both types of learning is the best preparation for the real world of business. And that’s why demand is growing for specialized master’s degrees, says Suzanne Sanchez, a recruiter at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

“Now, employers are less interested in a particular degree and more interested in a particular skill set,” she says. “Specialized master’s programs are designed to develop both the broad management skills as well as the specific skills that reflect a person’s ability to lead a team of data scientists or negotiate deals in a foreign country, for example.”

That’s where Thunderbird comes in. We offer specialized master’s degree programs that deliver the skills and learning experiences Sanchez describes. Read on to see how.

“Employers are less interested in a particular degree and more interested in a particular skill set.” – Click to tweet

Master of Global Management (MGM)

Skills: Build your adaptability, resilience, problem solving, and cross-cultural communications.

Peer learning: You and your high-caliber peers will work together and learn how to adapt to ever-changing global business environments and to manage across diverse cultures and uncertain scenarios.

Professor-to-student learning: Your professors will provide specialized training in every business discipline from an international perspective and will share their firsthand experiences from working and living around the globe. 

“Broaden your global mindset as well as your global leadership network.” – Click to tweet

Executive Master of Global Management (Executive MGM)

Skills: Broaden your global mindset as well as your global leadership network.

Peer learning: The program is delivered in a cohort model in which you and your peers bring your real-world professional scenarios into the classroom and work together.

Professor-to-student learning: Your professors will take you on global field seminars in a focused region of the world, where you will participate in meetings with businesses, governments, and cultural leaders. Your learning will go beyond the traditional executive business degree and better prepare you to direct people and operations across borders and throughout the layers of an organization.

Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (MAGAM)

Skills: Sharpen your cross-cultural competency, collaboration, diplomacy, and problem solving.

Peer learning: With specialized cross training in international affairs and global management, the MAGAM’s peer-to-peer experiences are designed to equip you with skills and insights to bring positive change to people’s lives and communities.

Professor-to-student learning: Your professors will go beyond the fundamentals of business management to address the complexities of today’s global economy and critical issues such as humanitarian relief, conflict resolution, and sustainable development.

The cohort model brings you and your peers’ real-world scenarios into the classroom. – Click to tweet

‘Put yourself in someone else’s shoes’

Former Peace Corps volunteer, Gabrielle Gueye, says that the peer-to-peer learning elements in her MAGAM program are preparing her for success in business consulting and eventually in diplomacy. “The variety of perspectives in the classroom is one of the major positives at Thunderbird,” she says.

As an example, Gueye points to in-class debates where each student was assigned a different role. “Sometimes you have to take a role you may not agree with, but it forces you to think in other ways and put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”

“These takeaways could be applied to consulting, they could be applied to any type of work in the business world,” she says.

So now, back to the original question – what are these skills, and where can you find them? The answers are right here at Thunderbird. Learn more