IBS is international to the core. It offers its students a global experience that prepares them to operate with ease across borders and cultures - in an environment that prizes diversity and the ability to bring a worldwide perspective to the study of business.
The School's curriculum is wholly oriented towards the study of global business, finance and economics. It is updated annually to take account of developments in the fast-moving world economy: about one in six courses are new each year. And all students begin their studies with a unique course on globalization, which introduces the main themes of the School and underlines its commitment to the study of world business in its broadest context.
Students and Faculty
The IBS student population is decidedly cosmopolitan. A recently graduated alumnus of IBS's MBAi program has likened the School to an "Olympic Village" in the extent of its diversity. More than 60 nations are represented at IBS and, while English is a common thread, a plethora of languages may be heard every day in the School's Sachar International Center.
Faculty and Research
The IBS faculty is also diverse. Many are from outside the United States, and all have academic teaching and research interests that transcend national borders. The School's two research institutes are also dedicated to global issues: the Rosenberg Institute addresses global finance, while the Asia-Pacific Center for Economics and Business conducts research, teaching and outreach on the Asia Pacific region.
International Academic Partners
IBS has exchange relationships with some 19 prestigious overseas academic institutions
around the globe. Many IBS MA and MBAi students spend one of their four semesters abroad at one of these institutions to experience and be immersed in another country's business practices, culture and language.
IBS's relationships with these partners are rapidly deepening. In addition to vigorous student exchanges, we increasingly collaborate with our partners through faculty exchanges, joint research projects and joint courses. Discussions are also underway with several partners with a view to establishing joint or dual degree programs.
The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship is Brandeis IBS's platform for exploring the contributions of entrepreneurship in different professions and across borders. The Center provides a wide array of learning experiences, brings entrepreneurs from around the world to the Brandeis campus, and conducts research on the structure and impact of global entrepreneurship. The Asper Center was established in 2006 by Leonard J. Asper '86.
The Asia-Pacific Center for Economics and Business, located within IBS, conducts research, teaching and outreach on business and economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and on US-Asia Pacific relations.
The Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership, established by Brandeis Trustee Louis '56 and Barbara Perlmutter, will prepare IBS students for leadership positions in the global corporation of the future through a combination of theoretical and technical knowledge with pragmatic skills.
The Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance seeks to analyze and anticipate major trends in global financial markets, institutions and regulations, and to develop the information and ideas required to solve emerging problems. It focuses on the policy implications of economic globalization. To this end, it sponsors informal exchanges among scholars and practitioners, conducts research and policy analyses, and participates the School’s teaching programs.The Institute, founded in 2002, is named for Barbara C. Rosenberg '54 and Richard M. Rosenberg.
World Financial Centers Seminars
Each year IBS holds a seminar on a leading global financial center in collaboration with a local academic institution. The seminars have taken place in Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo, and London. Taught by prominent academics and business people, they provide an exceptional insight into the workings of global financial markets and institutions.