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Dean Magid speaks on next era of globalization

IBS Dean Bruce R. Magid Speaks on Educating Leaders for the Next Phase of Globalization

February 5, 2008

At a recent annual meeting of Brandeis University supporters, Dean Bruce R. Magid shared his thoughts on the next era of globalization and on the unique readiness of the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) to address the shifting trends in international business. His remarks preceded keynote speaker, Tom Freidman '75, three time Pulitzer prize winning alumnus who spoke about a broad range of subjects from the environment to the Middle East.

Dean Magid set out how he views the latest phase of this mega-trend, one that will require a "responsible and inclusive approach to globalization". He outlined the implications, which include the need for global labor standards and joint public-private sector initiatives. Further required is the emergence of global principled leaders who will manage not only to the bottom line, but who will be mindful of the impact business has on the environment.

As a business school designed from the ground up with globalization in mind, Dean Magid shared how he hopes that IBS will come to be ranked in the top tier of globally focused programs. "Globalization is in the School's DNA," he said, "we were established expressly to train leaders for roles in the global economy and to provide thought leadership on global economic trends". With a sharp focus on international business, economics and finance, IBS aims to achieve three threads of excellence: global professional expertise, principled leadership and cross-cultural fluency.

IBS currently boasts 21 Fulbright Scholars among its 450 students from 48 countries and was recently accredited in near record time by AACSB International.

Malcolm L. Sherman, Chairman, Brandeis University Board of Trustees and Member, IBS Board of Overseers, Leonard J. Asper '86, Member, Brandeis University Board of Trustees, and Bruce R. Magid, Dean