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Global universities and private and public sector learning institutions partner with us annually to give their members the benefit of an enriched international perspective and the chance to build upon the existing knowledge learned from their home institution. At Cambridge Judge Business School we value partnerships with other universities as they offer the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learning about other institutions both culturally and academically. 

Collaborations can take a number of forms but typically the relationship with Executive Education involves delivery of a study abroad programme for a masters-level post-experience programme or an alumni group. Our core strengths at Cambridge Judge Business School are in the fields of finance, leadership, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. We are also able to draw on other subject areas from the School and across the wider University to build a programme to complement your existing curriculum and offer the ability for participants to engage in our vibrant city and ecosystem whilst they are here. 

In Asia we work with Hong Kong University Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Razak School of Government and Universiti Utara in Malaysia, the National University of Singapore and IIM Lucknow in India. Elsewhere in the world, we have partnerships with Fundação Dom Cabral and Faculdades de Campinas from Brazil, University of Sydney in Australia, European business schools Deusto and Nyenrode, IBS Moscow, the Qatar Leadership Centre and the Healthcare Leadership Academy in Nigeria.

Our partnerships

The Start-up Catalyst programme equips a select group of high-potential FACAMP mixed discipline students with the skills and drive they need to develop their own business ideas. The Cambridge programme was designed to push students beyond their comfort zones by challenging them to rigorously interrogate their own thoughts and actions. They were treated as executives and acted as professionals in challenging circumstances.

Cambridge faculty worked with students before they came to Cambridge, supporting them as they generated ideas and business concepts. The week in Cambridge simulated a high-pressure business environment where the students acted as entrepreneurs in a team. They debated and discussed decisions on branding, pricing the business model and value proposition. The students were exposed to dynamic and engaging lectures, workshops, group project work, discussions with successful entrepreneurs and visits to local companies. The week culminated in a final pitch to ‘potential investors’ who provided thoughtful and robust feedback. The students also made formal presentations at the Brazilian Embassy the following week. The teams came up with four new business concepts:

  • Kalo – an airport transfer mobile phone app to help passengers find their drivers
  • Easy Greens – a hydroponic kit and seeds for growing organic crops at home
  • Easy Goods – an online food shopping assistant with ‘spoil-alert’
  • Bump-it – a child’s bracelet to help parents track their whereabouts and friend interactions with GPS technology

As well as being part of a world-renowned research university, Cambridge Judge Business School benefits from a rich local business community. Cambridge is surrounded by science parks, incubators and innovation centres. The Cambridge Cluster or Silicon Fen, is now the most successful technology cluster in Europe and one of the most successful in the world and the students benefited from being part of this ecosystem for a short time.

University of Sydney’s Global Executive MBA programme exposes participants to disruption and adaptability in a global context through a series of five residential study blocks that include India, the US and Europe. The topic for the Cambridge module this year is to be ‘automation through a disruption and business model innovation lens, with particular relevance to the banking industry’.

The intention is to expose participants to thought leadership and cutting-edge research whilst allowing some downtime for reflection and project work. Last year’s students commented on their experiences: “Excellent speakers, really enjoyed how stimulating the conversations were during/after the lectures”.  “I felt all the faculty members were excellent – the passion they showed for their topics I think was the key”. “Well-constructed and coordinated presentations with engaging discussions”.

The Challenging Business Models programme is taught through a series of interactive lectures to encourage lively debate on the topics of populism, global economic trends, governance and culture and technology policy and innovations. The group will meet Fin-Tech entrepreneurs from our own business Accelerator unit and engage in a financial trading simulation to practice real-time decision-making in disruptive circumstances.

Cambridge was chosen as having a unique position to deliver this programme ‘because the UK economy sits on the doorstep of one of the largest established market places in the world – the European Union’. As observers and commentators on the political and economic disruptions in the UK, Europe and the US, Cambridge Judge Business School’s world class faculty are well versed to share their insights on this topic.

Participants of Deusto School of Business Master in Business Innovation (MBI) programme are post-experience professionals that come to Cambridge for one week of their modular programme. The study abroad week in Cambridge is focused upon achieving a deep understanding of leveraging innovation and the role of innovation in the entrepreneurial process and company creation.

The key outcome for participants is to leave the programme with strongly raised self-awareness of their own motivation for entrepreneurship. In the words of one student, the course has ‘very effective lecturers who deal properly with and balance the dichotomy between theory and practice. Highly friendly staff and perfect environment for developing an innovative approach to entrepreneurship’.

The intention is to give both ‘the cold and the hot’ aspect of entrepreneurship, defined as not only as start-ups but also as a phenomenon that is often called ‘intrapreneurship’. In addition to taught sessions, participants have the opportunity to meet and debate with entrepreneurs to help understand their mind-sets and decision-making process.

The unique position of Cambridge in the most vibrant technology cluster in Europe gives the participants access not only to world-leading academics who have studied this phenomenon and the factors that contribute to successful enterprises but also to the entrepreneurs themselves.

Participants of CUHK’s Global Executive MBA spend a week overseas to complement their existing curriculum with cutting edge research from an international partner. The theme of the programme in Cambridge were the multi-disciplinary aspects of stakeholder leadership covering the topics of: leadership, innovation, corporate governance, ethics and finance.

Participants took advantage of the opportunity to reflect on the subjects raised and at the end of the week wrote letters to themselves for delivery two months later. The message about trust struck a strong resonance and several students commented on this aspect, ‘to act whiter than white and be a successful leader without authority’ and to ‘do the right thing, even in a dark room’.

In order to acknowledge the prior experience of the participants and offer new insights that CUHK students had not encountered elsewhere on their EMBA, the programme design gave access to new and insightful subjects that reflected each faculty member’s latest research. The programme took a macro versus micro approach to each subject area; offering the wider perspective and drilling down to the impact on the firm. For example a morning session looking at the philosophical facets of authority structures was complemented in the afternoon by a session on leading family firms.

The unique aspect of this programme was that it was collaboratively taught by faculty from both Cambridge Judge Business School and Fellows of Newnham College. Hearing from non-business focused Professors allowed for a diverse learning experience; being part of the wider Cambridge University ecosystems means we can draw on expertise from computer science to land economy in our programmes. The group also learnt about the ecosystem in action through a visit to Cambridge Enterprise and met with one of the founders of Raspberry Pi; invented by an EMBA alumni.

The ability to understand the global environment and to establish relationships with different cultures has become a mandatory requirement on the development agenda of executives. The collaboration between FDC and Cambridge Judge Business School is especially appropriate and relevant in this context.
Roberto Sagot, FDC Dean for Marketing and International Affairs

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For more information about our partnerships or if you have any questions related to working with Executive Education, we would be happy to hear from you.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 746681
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