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Despite our summer loneliness in a quiet Fletcher, I still have a few stories and updates from students to share.  Emerson Tuttle completed his Fletcher studies in the one-year MA program in 2013, but he is still in the community as he finishes a degree in veterinary medicine.  While we often say that no two students pursue the same courses at Fletcher, Emerson has a far stronger claim to uniqueness.  He’s sufficiently unusual that the University’s media folks featured his story in a recent newsletter.  Here is how Emerson reflects on his Fletcher experience.

As a former MA candidate from the class of 2013, my path to Fletcher was definitively atypical, as are my current pursuits.  However, my experience in Medford was one that parallels that of all other Fletcher students in that it included rigorous academic challenges, exposure to a broad range of cultural perspectives, and the development of close bonds to mentors, future colleagues, and life-long friends.

I am a current combined degree student at Tufts with one more year remaining in the curriculum at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (TCSVM) prior to graduating in the spring of 2015 with both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and a Fletcher degree.  I applied to TCSVM, in hopes of pursuing this underutilized combined program, after investigating the career possibilities available to a veterinarian with a background in international policy.  Included in these career paths are veterinarians who work in public health, pandemic preparedness and mitigation, international disease control and trade policy, as well as international development.

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“I’m the person on the right completing an ovariohysterectomy procedure (spay) on a dog, with instruction from Dr. Philip Allen [on the left making the hand gestures].” Photo by Andrew Cunningham, Cummings School Director of Media Services.

After spending a summer in Ethiopia researching the effects of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) — the most economically devastating animal disease on the planet that remains endemic in many developing nations — I embarked on a year of study at Fletcher.  My aim was to hone my theoretical and analytical abilities in regards to environmental policy, international development, policy analysis, and international trade.  Given the breadth of the Fletcher course offerings, two short semesters were hardly enough to absorb all of the potential knowledge the curriculum has to offer, but it was sufficient to open my eyes to new ways of thinking and communicating, and to potential solutions to complex global issues.

For those whose connection to the veterinary profession is limited to bringing pets to their local small animal practitioner, understanding the connection between an international policy degree and the study of animal disease may be difficult.  I was concerned that this would make my time at Fletcher challenging, in that I’d need to prove myself to relative experts in the field of international relations.  With a BA in biology, my mind had been programmed to think in natural processes, ecosystems, and physiology, rather than law, economics, and diplomacy.  I was pleasantly surprised when my classmates were able to grasp the connection between my degrees almost instantly, and welcomed me into what was a foreign environment for my scientific mind.  Professors similarly welcomed me into their classrooms with an interest in how their knowledge could augment my own to develop an optimal learning experience for a non-traditional student (if one can say that there even is such a thing at Fletcher).  Needless to say, the respect in which I hold classmates and professors alike is unparalleled.

My experiences at both TCSVM and Fletcher helped me secure a temporary position at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations during the summer immediately after my year at Fletcher.  There I delved further into FMD control, albeit from an office in Rome as opposed to on the ground in Addis Ababa.  The skills and perspective I gained from my studies at Fletcher allowed me to view veterinary questions through a unique lens, one that lent clarity to the socioeconomic issues generating the complex environment in which disease circulates.  My work at the FAO gave me the opportunity to see how veterinarians are actively shaping international policies and regulations to mitigate the spread of infectious animal diseases worldwide, and one day I hope to do the same.

I write this post as I prepare myself for a difficult, yet extremely rewarding 15 months of clinical training at TCSVM.  My brain has had to shift back to identifying clinical signs and differential diagnoses, as opposed to economic trends and points through which to exert effective policy action.  Though the inside of an operating room is currently more familiar to me than the halls of Fletcher, the memories and experiences I carry with me from my time there will continue to open doors for me in the future, and will also continue to shape my life and professional career for the better.

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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.

About CEIBS

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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