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Social Impact Program Signals Increased Interest in Strengthening Links with African University Partners
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 17, 2014
Wharton Executive Education will host the Global Business Strategy: University of Ghana EMBA Day on February 18, 2014 on the University of Pennsylvanias campus. The event will deliver the best thinking around global business strategy to approximately 80 executive MBA students from the University of Ghana.
The program is a joint effort between Wharton Executive Educations Education, Public and Social Sector Practice, the University of Pennsylvania Africa Center and the Joseph H. Lauder Institute (Penn Lauder CIBER). Its part of a broader Penn strategy to strengthen linkages with institutions of higher learning in emerging markets.
This group of visiting students will hear from Wharton and Penn faculty and lecturers about two key areas of interest to Africa business leaders: private equity investment in emerging markets and corporate strategy.
A model of stability in West Africa, Ghana enjoyed an annual growth rate of 14.3 percent in 2011, and is today among the 10th fastest-growing economies in the world. The countrys growth is underpinned by strong private and public investment, with the GDP increasing from 16.4 percent in 2000 to 20.4 percent in 2011, according to data released by the World Bank in October 2013.
Africa is the next frontier in the global economy, notes Wharton Professor Mauro F. Guillén, a Wharton Management Professor and the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn. Programs like this are critical to helping us build and establish relationships with academic institutions, companies, and governments as well as organizations who work in Africa. It also deepens our understanding of cultural differences and how to work with the constraints presented by an emerging or transitioning economy, enabling us to operate across cross cultural boundaries.
Wharton speakers will include:
The University of Pennsylvania and Wharton have a strong interest in Africa as a whole, says Singh. Ghana and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are now redefining themselves. Wharton is keen to provide business insights to help Ghanians manage this explosive growth and the significant infrastructure needs of their country.
ABOUT PENN LAUDER CIBER
Penn Lauder CIBER is one of 33 institutions currently funded by the U.S. Department of Educations Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) program. Established in 2002, Penn Lauder CIBER is housed at The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The overarching mission of the CIBER grant program is to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. business globally through educational, research, and outreach programs. For more information, visit:
ABOUT THE AFRICA CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
The Africa Center at the University of Pennsylvania is recognized as a vital and forward-looking center where researchers, students and cultural and business entities come to gain knowledge of contemporary and historical Africa. The Center coordinates a wide range of course offerings in anthropology, demography, economics, history, language, literature, politics, religion, and sociology. Specialized issues are addressed through the Universitys research programs, professional schools, and interdisciplinary centers. For more information, visit http://www.africa.upenn.edu/.
ABOUT THE WHARTON SCHOOL
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates ongoing economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 92,000 graduates.
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