The Intercontenental MBA Program Begins!
The first cohort of students in our full-time Intercontinental MBA Program arrived on our Water Tower campus in mid-August. This group of smart, lively student adventurers spent their Orientation Residency in Chicago both working and playing. They focused on and mastered their math review and oral and written communication workshops. Despite their first introduction to graduate business school homework assignments, there was time for the Architectural Boat Tour, a Cub’s Game, a beach picnic and a mufti-course dinner in Chinatown. Various faculty members in the program got to know the students as they joined in group activities. The Chicagoans in the cohort introduced them to Millennium Park, area bars and restaurants and local attractions and specials. (Particularly popular was “50 cent Wings Night.”) the focus was learning about Loyola Chicago and the Quinlan School. Speakers from the Office of Mission and Identity, Louis Library, and the Career Center introcued them to facets of our school and university.
During Week Two of their Chicago Residency, the students began their formal fall classes. The initial meetings with their professors were face-to-face classroom interactions. Then the group dispersed to their various cities and completed these courses online. Several of the students from Chicago continued to meet for study and social activities.
I write this from Ohare Airport where I am heading for London en route to our next formal meeting and residency in Johannesburg, South Africa. We have a wonderful program planned thanks to the Jesuit Institute of South Africa and Raymond Perrier. We will be there for five weeks and post updates on our academic, cultural, social and service activities. Students are taking myriad routes to our destination. One group left early Wednesday to spend a few days in Madrid. Others are arriving from Brazil, Paris and directly from New York. Guiding the journey is the expectation that we will all meet in Johannesburg on the weekend and begin our next chapter of the IMBA program.
I wish smooth and safe travels to all.