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An interesting piece of news came out on Tuesday: Fletcher will be offering a dual MALD-MBA degree with the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. Here’s what our press people wrote about it:
MEDFORD, Mass. and SHANGHAI, May 22, 2012—The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School) and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) today announced an agreement to establish a dual-degree program. The new program will enable students from the two world-class graduate degree institutions to pursue complementary studies in international affairs and international business in order to receive both a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from CEIBS.
As part of the dual-degree program, students will spend 12 consecutive months in residence at CEIBS’ Shanghai Campus and three semesters in residence at The Fletcher School in Medford, MA. The dual-degree program will enable students to earn both a MALD and MBA degree in two and a half years—a full year less than would be required if each degree were sought separately.
“As the demand for graduate study in China continues to grow, we’re delighted to be able to expand our ongoing cooperation with CEIBS, a school that, like Fletcher, attracts a student body characterized by an international mindset and capabilities,” says Fletcher Dean Stephen W. Bosworth. “We’re confident that the dual-degree program will strengthen both of our institutions and will better equip our students to meet the challenges of a complex, interdependent and globalized world.”
CEIBS and The Fletcher School currently offer a successful one-semester student exchange program. The creation of this new dual-degree program further combines the excellence and traditions of the two institutions and will provide students with a broader global perspective that can be applied to opportunities in international corporations, global finance institutions, international economic and development institutions, and government agencies.
“Our partnership with Fletcher on this program is a natural extension of the excellent working relationship between our two institutions over the years,” says CEIBS Dean John A. Quelch. “This is an excellent opportunity for our two schools to develop responsible leaders with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to manage global organizations and public institutions, and to tackle today’s most pressing and complex global problems. The combination of China Depth, Global Breadth, and deep understanding of both business and international affairs will give these students an incomparable edge.”
While enrolled at each respective school, students will be expected to fulfill the appropriate coursework and language requirements (competency in at least two languages). Participants may begin the program at either Fletcher or CEIBS, as each school will accept coursework from the other institution for degree credit. Graduates will have full access to the deep alumni networks and alumni benefits of both schools.
The China Europe International Business School (www.ceibs.edu) offers a unique combination of China Depth, Global Breadth, taking advantage of its position as a leading business school in Asia to train responsible leaders. CEIBS was the first business school in Mainland China to offer a full-time MBA, an Executive MBA, and a wide array of Executive Development Programs and it is the only Asian business school to have achieved global ranking for all three of these programs.
CEIBS also offers a Part-Time Finance MBA and collaborates with IESE, a leading b-school in Spain, on a Ph.D. Program. There is a main campus in Shanghai, a second campus in Beijing, as well as representative offices and teaching facilities in Shenzhen and Accra, Ghana.
CEIBS’ impressive alumni base includes 1000+ CEOs and top-level decision makers.
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I have a very special (and complicated) weekend in front of me. As I’ve been noting through the week, University Commencement takes place on Sunday, with related events on Saturday and tonight. I’m going to turn up on Saturday for Fletcher’s Class Day. I’ll wish the students well and, if I’m lucky, I’ll meet some family members. On Sunday, I’ll be joining them for the All-University portion of graduation, but my role there will be as Mother of a Jumbo. My son, Josh, is graduating from Tufts this year.
So my mum-in-law arrived from London last night, and a few of my cousins will also be joining us to celebrate. And that would make for a busy and fun weekend. But complicating (and enhancing) the schedule is that Kayla will be attending her high school prom on Saturday night.
For those of you not familiar with the prom, you can read up and check out some photos. But you really need to ask your American friend. (The dresses. The tuxes. The DRAMA!) Kayla is embracing the prom protocols, and while Paul and his mother attend Saturday’s undergraduate Baccalaureate Service, Kayla and I will be at the hairdresser getting her an up-do. Once Kayla is all dressed in her sophisticated gown and sparkly earrings, she’ll twirl a few times for the family, and head off with her friends. Return time TBD. She’ll be bleary-eyed but present for Commencement.
On Sunday, after the All-University phase of Commencement, we’ll attend Phase II with the Economics Department. When all the ceremonial events are complete, Josh, some friends, their families, and our family will head back to our house to celebrate.
All in all, I expect the weekend to be bittersweet. Sad to say good-bye to so many Fletcher students. But very happy for all the graduates! And proud of my Jumbo, Josh!
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In April, after I wrote my last post from the Hall of Flags, I was emailing with Manjula Dissanayake, one of the students featured. A week later, we sat down and he described the incredible path he has followed from his pre-Fletcher days to now. With Commencement just around the corner, I’m featuring Manjula’s story.
It all starts in 2007, when Manjula was working in finance in the DC area. He and his roommates had previously raised funds for Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, but they felt they could do more. They decided to focus their efforts in the area of education, forming Educate Lanka. Before long, Educate Lanka was occupying so much of Manjula’s time that he decided to dedicate himself to the effort, starting by pursuing graduate study in development and social entrepreneurship, either through an MBA or an international affairs degree. An application process later, he enrolled in Fletcher’s MALD program in September 2010 as a Board of Overseers Scholar, and quickly got to work on building his own intellectual infrastructure to run the organization, which currently has a core volunteer staff of ten, and a larger pool of about 40 to draw upon.
I should pause here and describe Educate Lanka. The organization’s main activity is securing micro-scholarships of $10 to $20 for students who lack funds but have a high potential to become future leaders, by connecting the kids with sponsors from around the world. 100% of the sponsorship funds go to the students. There are no administrative expenses (this being a fledgling organization), but if something comes up, funds are raised through a separate fundraising process, which also generates some scholarships for students without sponsors. Currently 275 students are receiving scholarships. A total of 350 have received funds, about 30 of whom have completed school (though a few left school and the program). There are over 400 sponsors in 15+ countries. Once they are in the program, the kids are funded through their undergraduate studies, starting as early as fifth grade (age 10). Over 12 million Sri Lankan Rupees (about US$100,000) has been awarded.
Back to fall 2010. Manjula settles in, registers for courses, etc. Good things started to happen pretty much right away. The first was that Educate Lanka was selected to receive the funds raised through Fletcher’s annual Asia Night event. That same semester, Manjula drew support from Empower, a project of the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership (IGL). And Educate Lanka took third place in the Tufts 100K Business Plan Competition. Not a bad start for one semester, and at that point Manjula started to think Educate Lanka had the potential to become a larger organization.
In spring 2011, Manjula took a microfinance class with Kim Wilson, and cross-registered for a Harvard class on education and social entrepreneurship with Fernando Reimers. Both professors offered advice on complementary models for Educate Lanka, and on how to make the organization more sustainable and scalable. Should it continue as a 501(c)3 (non-profit)? Or should it turn into a blended social business? Also that semester, after attending the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, someone referred him to USAID and the State Department, because he works with the Sri Lankan diaspora community, which led to an invitation to speak at the Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum.
Come summer 2011, while also interning in the Education Investment Group of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, Manjula was a finalist in the MassChallenge competition, as a result of which he received mentorship and guidance. Toward the end of the summer, he used a fellowship from IGL to travel to Sri Lanka, visiting the north and east of the country, where Educate Lanka wasn’t yet working. He returned with a sense of how to achieve near-term organizational expansion in Sri Lanka, including a corporate partnership model.
Meanwhile, Manjula’s roommate, Sadruddin, was thinking of replicating the model in Bangladesh, and had received a good response to the idea. He hopes to pilot the project by the end of this year. (Here they are together.)
Back at Fletcher in September 2011, Manjula reconnected with Prof. Wilson and Prof. Reimers, who together mentored him and helped him to think about global replication and to add a corporate partnership model to Educate Lanka. An MIT class on Development Ventures required him to take his ideas and act on them. He received another IGL/Empower fellowship to return to Sri Lanka during the winter break. And he continued entering business plan competitions. He was one of two finalists in the MIT 100K Elevator Pitch Competition.
His Fletcher classmates sent more funds Educate Lanka’s way from 2011 Asia Night proceeds, and Manjula was one of a small group honored as a UN Volunteer of the Year in Sri Lanka. Also helpful, more Fletcher students were jumping on board, including a group that wrote a consulting report on the concept of distance learning in Sri Lanka. He received additional funding from the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises, and IGL is committed to supporting Manjula, even after graduation.
In spring 2012, Manjula was a semi-finalist at the Harvard Social Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition. And this semester also found him in two classes specifically selected to build his skills set. Along the way, he needed to write a thesis and do the other things expected of Fletcher students. Oh, and he attended Clinton Global Initiative University in March, and was an Echoing Green semi-finalist. In preparing to graduate, he created his own Fletcher Field of Study: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in International Development. (His second field is International Political Economy.)
I asked Manjula to reflect on his Fletcher experience, which seems to have been uniquely successful in connecting him to the local academic community. He said that he came to Fletcher “with the idea to get more guidance, more advice” and to “test the model and see if it has legs.” He confirmed that he was able to do that through classes, the business plan competitions, talking to mentors, seeing the response of people who believe in the Educate Lanka model (including some who want to replicate it elsewhere in South Asia and in Africa), and talking in panels and at conferences. All of this pushed him to move Educate Lanka toward a sustainable social business model while maintaining its core scholarship model.
What’s coming up after graduation? There are five or six fundraising events set up for the summer. The model will be starting up in Bangladesh, leading to “Educate World” in many countries. There’s a plan to start an online platform to arrange one-on-one mentoring for underprivileged kids, enabling knowledge-sharing between the developed and developing world (and also generating more traffic for the Educate Lanka website). The mentoring program would offer a new means of involvement for people who can’t contribute funds, and builds the community of people Manjula says are energized with “‘change the world’ spirit.”
Finally, Manjula took a minute to say “how much I appreciate all the support and backing I have received from my fellow Fletcher students, from all three classes (’11,’12,’13) with which I had the privilege to share my experience, as well as faculty, staff, and alumni. I owe them my thanks.”
I’m going to try to keep up with Manjula and Educate Lanka through the coming year, and I’ll report back on Manjula’s post-Fletcher path. Based on his success in the past two years, I’m guessing there will be plenty to write about.
The spring goes by in a blur of admissions work for me, but outside our office, it’s about the most interesting time of the year. In just the past few weeks, Fletcher students ran or attended a successful Energy Conference, and listened to a whole bunch of special lectures. Since I can’t list them all, you might want to click on the highlighted dates on the April Fletcher calendar.
Classes end Monday but that doesn’t mean the events have come to a quiet close. Instead, recent Fletcher grad Andrew Lewis will highlight a conversation session with the Diplomacy Club. And today, there’s a featured talk about the Turkish economy, before students start tying their bow ties for tonight’s annual Diplomat’s Ball. (Sadly, no links to share — you’ll need to trust me that it has been the source of much discussion.) Dip Ball attendees will want to cut short their sleep to attend tomorrow’s Spring Fling. (Even I might come up to campus at about 1:00 to catch Lupe.)
There are two past events that warrant particular mention. First was Brian William’s participation in the annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism. The event was sponsored, in part, by Fletcher’s Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy. And the second was the very special lecture last Friday by Muhammad Yunus.
Honestly, I have no idea how students manage to complete all their academic work.
An amusing aside — no matter how advanced their technology, some phones are still not a good match for a student in international affairs. Margot shared her failed attempt to convince her phone to allow her to tell a friend that she had walked by Muhammad Yunus. In an email, she further noted, “It’s not every place where passing Muhammad Yunus on the sidewalk is something worthy of a text in the first place — that’s sort of a Fletcher thing.”
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Once again trolling my inbox for blog post ideas that don’t need to originate in my own head, I came across a nice round of Social List sharing: “Fletcher” written in various other alphabets. Why did I like this? I suppose it’s because I enjoy knowing that when a student asks, others will jump in to provide the info he needs. Some responses even included mini linguistics lessons. As I’m only able to read two of the languages, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that the List crowd would have corrected any misinformation.
So, while it’s not a comprehensive accounting of the languages students speak, here’s “Fletcher,” many different ways, with thanks to the Social List.
Chinese (simplified): 弗莱彻
Chinese (complex): 弗萊徹
Dari and Pashto: فلچر
Morse Code: ..-. .-.. . – -.-. …. . .-. (Or “Di-di-dah-dit Di-dah-di-dit Dit Dah Dah-di-dah-dit Di-di-di-dit Dit Di-dah-dit”)
There’s a lot going on in Admissions this week. Most of our admitted students need to make their enrollment decisions by tomorrow, April 20, and there has been a pretty steady stream of last-minute questions. (How do I put together my dual degree?…Can you send me my GAMS password?…What’s your suggestion for housing?…) By Monday, we’ll know what about 80% of the entering class will look like. (I’m making that number up — but I think it’s about right.)
Meanwhile, continuing students are submitting their applications for scholarship renewal. They also have many last-minute questions. The forms are due this afternoon, so I know the office will be hoppin’ at about 4:00.
Which leaves me depending on others to create interesting blog content for me. And combing through my inbox, I found something. Students have compiled a list of thesis topics, along with faculty advisor, keywords, and the students’ Fields of Study. The list contains only a portion of the theses that will be submitted this spring, but I think it provides a nice snapshot of the broad range of topics and formats.
Here’s a sample of the list:
For the full list, click here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the professors who advised a student on a specific topic, you can find them all on our website.
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An established annual event is the Tufts University Energy Conference, in which Fletcher students have played important roles. This year, the conference chair is Katie Walsh, a second-year MALD student. Katie describes her involvement below.
At the end of this week, I, along with 34 other Tufts students (from Fletcher, the undergraduate programs, and the other graduate schools) will overrun The Fletcher School to execute the 7th Annual Tufts University Energy Conference (TEC), April 20-21. More than eight months of planning has gone into this two-day event, with speakers arriving from all over the country and the world to speak on the issues that define our global energy economy.
TEC is an entirely volunteer student-run initiative. We plan the content, we contact speakers, we ask for funding, we lose countless hours of sleep and send thousands of emails. Each year, something new has been added to or tweaked in the conference offerings. These features stem from the creativity, enthusiasm and follow-through of the conference organizers. At last year’s conference, we introduced the Tufts Energy Competition, Tufts’ first-ever energy-focused student innovators competition, which I helped initiate as the 2011 Marketing Co-Director. One group of winners used their prize funds to produce a resource guide on low-cost, sustainable and renewable energy technologies in Zimbabwe; the other used them for materials to create a demonstration high-performance hybrid vehicle.
By no measure am I an old hand at energy. Before coming to Fletcher, I coordinated a Chinese language program at San Francisco State University. My undergraduate major was history and many of my professional experiences were in international education. My intention in coming to graduate school was to develop experience and expertise in a completely new field – energy and the environment.
Now, a year and a half into my master’s program at Fletcher, I find myself chairing this year’s energy conference, working at the University’s environmental institute, and fortunate enough to have secured internships in the energy sector both last summer and this, in Washington, D.C. and Beijing, China. When I actually have the time to think about my experiences thus far (such as to write this blog entry), I am just astounded by how much there is to take advantage of at Fletcher, and Tufts as a whole.
Two years ago at about this time, visiting Fletcher’s Open House, I don’t think I could have predicted all that I would have learned so far, the relationships I would have formed, and the opportunities that coming to this school would have afforded me. But, in visiting the classes, meeting with professors and talking to students — I did get a feeling that Fletcher was different from any of the other graduate programs I was visiting. I sensed that it was going to be the kind of place that would appreciate the skills I came to school with — inquiry, innovation, ability to implement and organize — and provide me with the space, mentoring and academic rigor I needed to build legitimacy in a new field. That feeling has proven all too right.
On Tuesday, Jeff and I decided that the time had come again for us to hang out in the Hall of Flags and chat with students. With the Open House right behind us and admitted student decisions in front of us, the question of the day was obvious: Why did you choose to come to Fletcher?
We started our conversation with two students from Germany who first met each other here.
Frieder, second-year MALD, told us that just over two years ago, he was “Ready to apply to ten programs. Fletcher was number one — my favorite — on the list. Then I received early admission.” Story over. But he also said, “Fletcher was my favorite because of having access to law classes, along with the opportunity to focus on business and economic development” (which is his career direction). “It’s a unique combination.”
Joachim, second-year MALD, said he likes several things: “The broad range of courses at your disposal. The small size of the community. And the closely-knit alumni network. I really like the Boston location, too. Personally, I also like the way the nice Tufts campus is quiet, but you can still get to New York or D.C. easily.”
But then Joachim made a distinction between why he chose Fletcher and why he likes it now. Coming to the end of his Fletcher experience, he says it’s “The people in the community and the diversity are what I like the most, and you can meet a Fletcher student or Fletcher alumni anywhere in the world.”
Matt, second-year MALD, agreed to compose his thoughts for a quick video! (If you don’t have the plugin to view the video, you’ll need to trust me when I say Matt is very enthusiastic!)
Next we called over Kartik, second-year MALD from India, who was chatting with Hanneke. Kartik used to work in our office, but now he’s a big time teaching assistant and doesn’t visit us enough anymore. Anyway, Kartik, who pre-Fletcher had been working in the local area, told us how he ended up at Fletcher. “I took the T to Davis Square, and took a left turn, and here I was. It felt like home.” (Hanneke made fun of him just a little for this sweet sentiment.)
Then along came Jeff, a second-year MALD from Canada. He said, “I joined Fletcher because of its reputation for academic rigor, great student body, and connection to the broader Boston academic community.”
Second-year MIB Jonathan came by and told us, “Fletcher offers really unique and interesting opportunities. I had a great internship experience in Hong Kong, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything more conventional.” He and Jeff had met up while Jeff was in Hong Kong for recruitment travel last fall.
Manjula, second-year MALD from Sri Lanka, said, “I was making a career change from finance to international development and social entrepreneurship, and Fletcher offered the diversity and flexibility, along with the skills and resources I needed, so I could explore new fields and make that switch.” (I should also mention that Manjula is a rock-star in the community for what he has already achieved.)
Interrupting a study group, we found out that Alicia, second-year MALD from Jamaica, chose Fletcher, “because it’s such a nice warm and friendly place.” And James, first-year MIB, chose Fletcher because it provides, “a more interesting international exposure than the other schools I applied to.”
Barry, mid-career MA, told us, “I came to the Open House last year and met with current students and faculty, and I was extremely impressed. Yesterday was a little reminiscent for me.”
We wandered over to a table where students were selling Africana Night tickets. Tallash, first-year MALD from Kenya, chose Fletcher because of the flexibility of the degree programs. She said she is focusing on international environmental policy and development economics, and “doing so much in a two-year program that it’s like doing three different master’s degrees.”
Martin, second-year MIB, liked that “The MIB program offered a unique opportunity to integrate international business and international relations in one program, compared to a dual degree in parallel.”
Along came Dean Bosworth, who good-naturedly told us he chose Fletcher because, “I was offered a job, and I needed a job. I was stepping down as ambassador to Korea.” (I hope he also appreciated the warm community!)
Ethan, PhD candidate, joined us. He and I did a quick reminisce about how I interviewed him a bunch of years ago when he applied to do his MALD. He chose Fletcher because of “the ability to build a program with interdisciplinary balance.” And also because the faculty includes “a healthy mix of practitioners and academics.”
Katie, first-year MALD from Egypt and Admissions intern said, “I like to know that I can leave campus and then come back to this warm Fletcher-orange environment.”
Sebastian, first-year MIB from Ecuador, took the broad view. “World economics are going through a transition and the existing model of business study needs a new perspective, so the MIB program was perfect for my interests.”
And the last word is going to go to Liz, for about four years the first person you’d see when you entered the Admissions Office. Liz told us, “I came to Fletcher because I was making a career shift and Fletcher was the right place to marry my workplace skills and my desire to work with students again.”
And that’s Liz’s last word in the Admissions Blog. She has successfully pushed her career transition forward, and yesterday started her new post in the Tufts Residence Life office. We wish her all the best!
A few weeks back, a virtual Social List brawl nearly broke out among defenders of their favorite poetic tradition. Yes, blog readers. Fletcher students will take time away from case studies, thesis writing, extracurricular activities, and the job hunt to argue about Urdu poetry. As I haven’t had a chance to do the discussants the courtesy of checking with them, I’m going to share the points of discussion without using names (but I can tell you that their cultural or national origins include Pakistan, India, Armenia, Iran, and possibly others). Also, I don’t endorse any particular viewpoint (being ignorant on this great topic), and I can’t vouch for the accuracy of anything written below. Plus, I haven’t included the many wikipedia links that were part of the discussion. With all those disclaimers in place, the great Urdu Poetry debate:
Tufts is organising an Urdu poetry recital on Thursday. Urdu is the language of the poets — that is why Urdu-speaking individuals (namely Pakistanis) are die-hard romantics. If you are interested in the recital of some of the most influential and famous Urdu couplets — that were responsible for social movements and the spread of ideologies (including Communism), or were just some poor, talented, heart-broken dude venting — come to Cabot 702 on Thursday at 6:30 pm.
Also, we’re trying to find translations for most of the poems. Another incentive to be there: Chai. See you all there!
From wikipedia: “There are between 60 and 70 million speakers of Urdu: There were 52 million in India per the 2001 census, some 6% of the population; 13 million in Pakistan in 2008, or 8%; and several hundred thousand apiece in the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, United States, and Bangladesh.”
Clearly there are more romantics in India.
Haha! C’mon, let the Pakistanis have the upper hand in SOMETHING! And citing Wikipedia won’t convince me.
…and the tradition of Couplet poetry in the subcontinent began when Persians fleeing Shiite conversion settled in the then Mughal Empire. Writing in Persian. See: Kabir and many others.
Indians, Pakistanis: thanks for the upper hand
Are you sure? Kabir died in 1518. The Mughals’ reign didn’t start until 1526 when Barbur came to power. Besides, Kabir wrote in Hindi not Persian.
Yes, I am sure. Even before the Mughals, the Ghaznavids and Delhi Sultanate were jampacked with Persian poets: Amir Khusro, the father of Qawwali; Zeb un Nissa, daughter of Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.
The reciting of couplets on the Subcontinent stretches back into far greater antiquity than mere mediæval Gunpowder Empires. But the Persian tradition is beautiful, and among one of its many adherents who roamed the streets of Lahore and Delhi in the seventeenth century happens to be someone close to my heart.
Upper hand, anyone? Anyone?
There actually wasn’t ever a real divide between Persian and Hindi/Urdu in the Subcontinent’s literary tradition. Amir Khusro wrote in both Persian and Hindvi, as did many other poets of the Mughal era. (Hindvi being the old version of Hindustani, which would eventually evolve into Hindi and Urdu). Urdu poets still wrote in Persian, even after Hindi and Urdu developed their own formalized languages and literary registers. One of the great 20th century Urdu poets, Iqbal, also had an extensive catalog of work in Persian as well. My uncle studied Persian in school while growing up in Bombay in the 1950s, and he would apparently even recite Persian poems in his sleep (much to the chagrin of my father, who was sleeping in the same room).
The fact that this is a Social List debate makes me think that Fletcher should have a Persian/Urdu poetry night…we clearly have a constituency for it. (I’m imagining dueling Persian-Urdu ghazals…)
And I can add that the fact that there is such a debate on the SL makes me even happier to be here at Fletcher You are incredible! Have a great day.
The MIB (Master’s in International Business) program at Fletcher is relatively new — just a handful of graduating classes so far — but it is making its mark on business education discourse. Bhaskar Chakravorti, who heads Fletcher’s business initiatives, has had his ideas featured in the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal, among others. And if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to read the Ten Questions feature, where Dean Chakravorti engages his colleagues on a variety of issues.
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