Canadian business schools at frontier of internationalization

April 3, 2012

Business schools at Canadian universities are light-years ahead of the rest of their campuses in boosting their international profile. "Innovation (on campuses) seems to be driven by the business schools," says Academica Group's Ken Steele. "Watching what they are up to, and what they are grappling with, tells us what is coming for the rest of us." Like their international competitors, Canadian business schools are revising curricula, introducing specialty programs, and bolstering study-aboard opportunities, largely in response to employer demand for graduates prepared for a borderless world. At HÉC Montreal, where one-third of the student body comes from outside Canada, programs delivered in French, English, and Spanish have become one way to stand out in a crowded field. Delivering a global experience is central to branding efforts by McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, whose newly self-funded MBA program has a strong international focus. "(Canadian business schools) were way ahead of everyone in recognizing the importance of a global market and the importance of internationalization," says York University president Mamdouh Shoukri. York U's Schulich School of Business is collaborating with a partner institution in India to build a new campus in Hyderabad, adding to the school's international profile. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)