The proposed Thunderbird Laureate partnership will uphold the Thunderbird mission and allow us to maintain our independence and identity. We encourage you to look through the links and videos below to learn more about the Joint Venture and the many ways it will help our school. Below you will find resources and background information that detail the particulars of the partnership as well as its many benefits.
Thunderbird Global Council
Oct. 2, 2013 - Larry Mellinger ’68 and other alumni on the TGC issue statements following two days of informational meetings, panel discussions and breakout sessions on Thunderbird’s growth plans. Read a statement of support from the council.
Thunderbird Alumni Webcast
July 8, 2013 - Thunderbird President Larry E. Penley, Ph.D., and Chairman of the Board Ann Iverson hosted two webcasts with global alumni to discuss plans to move forward to form a strategic alliance with Laureate Education, Inc. This video is from the afternoon webcast and includes the Q&A session that followed. Click to view the morning Q&A session.
Webcast Video Excerpts:
Vision 2020 Overview
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP FOR GLOBAL IMPACT
We educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide
We will dramatically grow our positive impact in a world economy in dire need of the global leadership talent we were founded to provide
Global Prosperity: Global business can be a powerful source of economic prosperity and human development around the world. Global managers help businesses make a difference by leading people and managing resources across the world to create long-term value that no single individual or nation can create alone.
Global Leadership: To lead effectively, global managers need to have a global mindset and an entrepreneurial spirit. They must combine solid business acumen with an equally strong understanding of global affairs, cultures and languages. Also, they must be true global citizens, committed to the highest ethical standards and dedicated to creating real long-term value for their organizations and the communities they touch.
Global Learning: Global leaders are best developed in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, multicultural, practice-oriented learning environment, which must be constantly enhanced through academic research and pedagogical innovation.
Global Community of Learning and Practice: Successful global management practice requires ongoing learning, inspiration and collaboration with others, via multiple platforms of professional development and exchange. We see Thunderbird not as a school one graduates from but a community of life-long learning and practice one graduates into.
NOW MORE THAN EVER…THE WORLD NEEDS T-BIRDS
Founded in 1946 with the visionary belief that business can be a force for positive social and economic change, Thunderbird was the world’s first school exclusively dedicated to educating global business leaders. Nearly 70 years later, Thunderbird has become the world leader in global management education and this core Thunderbird belief is more relevant than ever.
The rapid spread of globalization has greatly increased the complexity of management decisions and has created a global economy in which the fortunes of individuals, businesses, and societies are inextricably linked. As the paradigm for global business evolves, the world desperately needs individuals who can navigate this complex global landscape and create sustainable value for their organizations, communities, and the world.
At the same time, competition in global management education has dramatically increased and many business schools now claim to have a global focus. To meet this challenge, Thunderbird will draw from its heritage as the world’s first and now top-ranked school of global management and emphasize its unique ability to educate leaders with the global mindset, entrepreneurial business skills, and global citizenship necessary to succeed in the new global economy. Under Thunderbird 2020, we will expand our impact by reaching new markets, new students, and new organizations, which increasingly require the global management expertise that Thunderbird was founded to provide.
Leverage Our Unique Strengths
Thunderbird’s unique approach to global leadership conveys a strong competitive advantage. To meet growing global demand for our expertise, we will build on this advantage by (i) staying true to our foundational beliefs, (ii) investing in our academic core, (iii) enhancing our unique multi-disciplinary learning environment, (iv) building our financial base, and (v) strengthening our thought leadership at the nexus of global business, global affairs and global leadership.
Innovate for Scale and Impact
Dramatic improvements in educational technologies and the growth of non-traditional educational models have reshaped the higher education market. Drawing from its innate entrepreneurialism, Thunderbird will capitalize on this changed environment through the use of new business models, cutting-edge education and information technologies, expanded partnerships, and innovative funding structures to increase scale and reach, generate new resources and maximize its impact in the world.
Expand Our Expertise in Emerging Markets
Emerging markets are projected to be the main growth engine of the global economy over the next decade. To both capture this market opportunity and reflect the shifting global business landscape, Thunderbird will develop new knowledge and insights about business in emerging economies that will prepare managers to navigate the growing complexities of a dynamic global economy.
Strengthen Our Global Community
For Thunderbird to have true global impact, it must create meaningful linkages that connect the entire Thunderbird community. For this purpose, Thunderbird will become a platform for information, inspiration and interaction for practicing global managers throughout their professional careers. Students will not graduate out of Thunderbird, but into a life-long community of collaboration, learning and practice.
"We will preserve what has made Thunderbird a unique institution and we will take advantage of the global reach and financial resources of Laureate."
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Inside Higher Ed:
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Phoenix Business Journal:
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