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Global 3 Program: Esade Introductory Webinar Recap and Recording

During a December 2021 information session, colleagues at Global 3 program partner Esade Business School, in Barcelona, Spain, discussed the student experience and the admissions process; plus, Professor Xavier Mir gives a special master class. Read the recap, and watch the recording to learn more about this exciting international opportunity.

By Noelle Muha, Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment, Pre-Experience Programs

McIntire School of Commerce recruiting staff recently joined the recruiting and admissions team at Esade Business School for a joint-program introductory webinar on the Global 3 program, a 10-month graduate degree designed exclusively for business majors in partnership with Esade, in Spain, and Lingnan University College, in China. A diverse cohort of students learn and travel together through three continents at three top-tier universities, while earning two degrees: an M.S. in Global Commerce and an M.Sc. in Global Strategic Management, plus a Certificate in International Business.

Webinar Recording Agenda

  • Welcome by Esade Academic Director and Professor Cristina Sancha
  • Global 3 program introduction
  • Admissions process
  • Q&A
  • Short master class by Esade’s Professor Xavier Mir

Global 3 Curriculum Overview

In each of the three institutions, students learn decision-making, global strategy, and international business concepts while immersed in a cultural and academic hub. The program uses interactive classes, online simulations, case studies, and discussion to facilitate a dynamic classroom experience. You will experience a specialized curriculum at each Global 3 location.

UVA McIntire’s coursework focuses on Global Strategic Management:

  • International Corporate Governance & Strategy
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Analysis for Decision Making in a Global Context
  • Global Market Research & Analytics
  • Doing Business in the United States

Lingnan (University) College’s coursework focuses on Global Financing and Operations:

  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Consumer Behavior Across the Globe
  • International Financial Management
  • Doing Business in China

Esade Business School’s coursework focuses on Global Innovation & Alliances:

  • Managing Innovation in Global Operations
  • Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Cross-Border M&A and Strategic Alliances
  • Interactive Business Simulation
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in a Global Context
  • Doing Business in the European Union

Global 3 Admissions Process

Students who have a deep-rooted curiosity about the world are well suited for this program. They are comfortable being uncomfortable and feel at home working and collaborating in diverse team settings.

Each partner institution accepts and admits students into the program. European students apply through Esade, while students from North America apply to McIntire, and Chinese students apply to Lingnan. Students from other regions of the world can choose which university to submit their application to, but each will require the same fundamental components. Eligible candidates will have graduated with a degree in business from an accredited institution and submit a valid GRE/GMAT score, as well as provide a transcript, letters of recommendation, and essay responses. There will be an interview (conducted virtually), and the admissions decision will be made between the three global partner institutions.

“Doing Business in Europe,” Presented by Professor Xavier Mir

Professor Xavier Mir gave a short lecture during the webinar. A business professional with over 40 years of global experience in management and corporate governance, he leads the first week of the Global 3 cohort’s studies at Esade, where he covers globalization and the fundamentals of business strategy within a European lens.

Professor Mir spoke about the evolving understanding of the global nature of the world. In the early 2000s, with the advent of outsourcing, digitization, and increasingly global supply chains, the academic assumption was that the world was becoming “flat.” However, the understanding now is that the world is “spikey,” as evidenced by the unequal nature of access to global markets, rising nationalism, immigration pressures, and the ongoing climate and energy crises. The COVID-19 pandemic has been emblematic of this “spikey” world, causing supply chain issues and massive inflation, while inflaming political instability and misinformation.

Professor Mir emphasized that the future of globalization is uncertain, which is why he says the emphasis is for business professionals to be “Glo-Cal,” that is, having a global mindset while understanding local cultural sensitivities and practices. During this week leading the beginning of student’s time at Esade, he works to promote a Glo-Cal understanding by providing a framework around European politics, social and business culture, and economic structure.

Build Skills as an Emerging Leader in International Business

Across the program’s three institutions, classes have a combination of theory and practical components. Students learn through an integrated teaching methodology that includes master classes with C-suite global business leaders, roundtable discussions and debates, case studies, and lectures. The Global 3 Program is a truly international experience! If you want to learn more, we encourage you to watch this recording and engage with our McIntire recruiting team to find out if the Global 3 Program is the next step in your academic and professional journey!

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