Hidden MBA Gems: How These B-Schools Have Embraced The STEM Surge

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Hidden MBA Gems: How These B-Schools Have Embraced The STEM Surge

by: Marc Ethier on February 12, 2021

At Thunderbird School of Global Management, which in 2015 became part of the ASU system, Dean Sanjeev Khagram has overseen a $100 million facelift that includes the groundbreaking on a new state-of-the-art facility. The school, once left for dead, is on the rebound; its new building is slated to open in fall 2021. Capping a year of expansion in multiple programs and partnerships with schools and companies worldwide, the school’s flagship Master of Global Management degree earned STEM designation in three pathways: Global Business, Digital Transformation, Data Science — in late 2020.

Sanjeev Khagram. Thunderbird photo

It’s a renaissance in the desert for a school that less than a decade ago was an afterthought in graduate business education.

“Obviously we’re all pivoting, but we’re quite confident in the kind of digitally enhanced delivery that we’re doing,” Khagram told P&Q in 2020. “Our faculty and students have really adapted, because of ASU’s digital innovation capacities for Thunderbird. As part of ASU, we’ve been able to transition to what we call ‘digital enhanced,’ digital face-to-face learning, rather than online learning. And that’s gone really well with our current programs.

“We are very strong believers that the world will open up again. Getting STEM is critical, because there’s lots of students from around the world who of course want to stay here and get work experience. But we’ve been very active with our regional centers of excellence around the world in Tokyo, in Nairobi, in Seoul, and soon we’re going to launch in Mexico City, in Sao Paulo, to create opportunities — job opportunities, internship and employment opportunities — for our students, to either go back to their home region or city or go to a different home city or region. Or for our American students to get out into the world. That’s really what makes Thunderbird unique.

“We have a two-pronged strategy for STEM that we’re going to keep advancing, so that we can support those who really do want to stay here, but also working with our alumni and our centers around the world to generate more employment opportunities — so that a student from India doesn’t have to just stay because they think that the United States is the only place. They can actually go to another part of the world.

“We are still continuing to believe that our global strategy has to complement the domestic STEM strategy to create job opportunities for our students.”

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