Duke University's
Fuqua School of Business announced their plan to establish a network of
campuses around the world to conduct research and deliver programs.  The network will connect Duke's research and
teaching activities in these key economic enters: New Delhi, India; St.
Petersburg, Russia; Dubai, UAE; London, UK; and Shanghai, China.


With the
simultaneous launch of our new international locations, Fuqua will be the first
truly global business school, shaped and driven by the fundamental issues of
our time, said Fuqua Dean Blair Sheppard. The depth of our
activities in each location ensures we will become truly embedded in each
region. By engaging with these regions through education and research, we will
be able to examine the world's opportunities and problems, explore
interdependencies between regions, create solutions to address world issues,
and prepare practitioners to be change agents and informed leaders.


Fuqua's new global
plans call for a significant presence in each location rather than the casual
affiliations that define the international programs of most U.S. business
schools, Sheppard said. Each of Fuqua's regional campuses will support all Duke
MBA programs, including the Executive MBA programs. Each also will include a
Duke Corporate Education site or partnership, open enrollment executive
education, at least two research centers and Fuqua faculty, as well as service
learning activities tied to local needs. Duke's commitment to civic engagement
will extend to these new initiatives.


The leading activity
in Fuqua's global expansion will be The Duke MBA - Cross Continent program,
which begins in August 2009. This program will be held in each of the five
regions before closing at the Duke campus in Durham, N.C. 


Sheppard cited
Fuqua's collaborations with and connection to other schools within the
university as key to enabling students and faculty to examine commercial
problems through the lens of disciplines adjacent to business.


Bringing to
bear the resources of a great university puts us in a unique position to
address problems across cultures and economies, Sheppard said. Each
of our regional engagements will include activities utilizing Fuqua's
relationships with the School of Law, the Sanford Institute, the Nicholas
School of the Environment, the School of Medicine, the Pratt School of
Engineering and the Duke Global Health Institute.


Robert McDonald,
chief operating officer of Procter & Gamble and a member of the Fuqua Board
of Visitors, called Fuqua's new global model a major step forward for business
schools and the corporate sector.


Fuqua is
fundamentally changing business education to make it more relevant to the 21st
century, McDonald said. Strong partnerships with the most important
firms in the world will ensure Fuqua develops globally effective leaders with
the skills and innovative thinking needed in business today. Involving the
business communities of the world's economic and cultural hubs will bring
together learners, corporations, government entities and other organizations to
address pressing global concerns.