ECULLY, France, April 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University has become the US partner for the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) alongside EMLYON Business School in France and Zhejiang University in China. Purdue is one the US's most highly regarded academic institutions and one of the most attractive American universities for international students.
Launched in 2008, GEP is the first masters program dedicated to entrepreneurship. The 12-month course is designed to provide entrepreneurial leaders and managers with the tools, knowledge, network and mindset to operate in increasingly global markets. "In this period of economic uncertainty, it is individuals like this that companies need the most. The program gives them the chance to understand three fundamentally different entrepreneurial environments - North America, Europe and Asia - and to work together and share a cross-cultural experience," says Patrice Houdayer, Vice President Graduate Programmes.
Recruited by the three schools from countries on six continents, students begin the program at the campus of EMLYON with insight into setting up a company from scratch and the European approach to business. In January, they head to China where they focus on family businesses. The last module takes place on the campus of Purdue University in Indiana, with an examination of what makes for a hi-growth company. Students also undertake a semester-long consulting project for a local company with students from other countries, designed to reinforce teamwork on a global level.
As Dasha Lyulkovich, a 2011 graduate and founder of a successful start-up, puts it, "The GEP program changes the way you look at things around you, how you assess different markets - developing, developed or mature - but also the way you see others. It's the springboard for your own ambitions and dreams."
"Purdue University is honored to join the Global Entrepreneurship Program consortium," says P. Christopher Earley, Dean of Purdue's Krannert School of Management and James Brooke Henderson Professor of Management. "At Purdue, we take pride in producing analytical thinkers and global leaders, and our approach to management education on innovation, engineering and science perfectly complements our partner institutions. We're confident that students will leave the program with a tremendous foundation for entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship through cutting-edge innovation, honed both in the classroom and through experiential learning opportunities."
Next intake: September 2012h
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