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Established in June 2003, IBSA enables students to study in two institutions in two different countries, receiving master's degrees from each of these institutions. Started by schools involved in the Bologna Declaration, the alliance now includes a broader range of partners: Hochschule Bremen in Germany, Universitat de Valencia in Spain, the Institute of Business Studies, Moscow, in Russia, the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the United States, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, Novancia in France, and the Universiti Tun Abdul Razak in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
IBSA Program Goals:
- To enable graduates to use specific international skills, appropriate for them to compete for managerial positions in businesses where an awareness of the global environment is required. To achieve this end the International Business School Alliance (IBSA) programme makes use of the close links that the partner institutions have forged with the international business community.
- To develop graduates who have the cultural sensitivities required to operate as managers in a global context.
- To enable graduates to explore a range of crosscultural management issues from the perspective of a variety of ethical perspectives.
- To enable graduates to identify, evaluate and exploit the opportunities that the global environment offers to businesses that trade is an international or a domestic market.
The IBSA programme offers a unique learning experience, based on student needs and graduate opportunities, which combines advanced core learning in semester 1 with specialised learning in semester 2 and a major research project, and offers an international experience in a global context through the blend of cultures and nationalities encountered during peer interaction and student-teacher collaboration in different countries. In particular, the major research project enhances and develops the candidate's ability to take responsibility for an entire project, starting from scratch, addressing global issues, relating sources from different countries and achieving professionally relevant outcomes.
The IBSA programme goes beyond the international perspective, seeking explanation and critical analysis of those issues that make a business belong to the global competitive arena rather than just trade with entities from other countries.