“Sixty percent of what you learn in an MBA program is what others bring,” said Yasiara Ortiz, a member of the international office of Politecnico di Milano (MIP) during a recent visit to Miami to meet business graduate students and let them know what MIP offers. She also caught up with three MIP students now in the Master of International Business (MIB) at Florida International University (FIU).
For students with an interest in international business, the opportunity to get a second degree in another country is pragmatic and exciting. The Dual Degree program at FIU makes it possible. Two students from the MIB program will be heading to Milan in the fall, with many others considering it after Ortiz’s presentation.
“In addition to interacting with different students, they learn a different market, have two different degrees and are exposed to two different career services offices,” Ortiz said. “These factors increase their job prospects in the United States and another region of the globe.”
MIP offers real-life perspective from business leaders.
MIB student Mohammad Afjei has already completed his MBA at MIP.
“MIP has close relations with companies that produce luxury products for the high end market, and several famous companies serve on its board of directors,” he said. “Having seminars with companies like Gucci and Giorgio Armani provides us real examples and actual cases.”
According to Ortiz, MIP, where all courses are taught in English, offers traditional business concentrations as well as the design and luxury management track, and a new product and venture development track.
In addition to his enthusiasm about the dual degree benefits Ortiz outlined, Afjei is enthusiastic about studying in Miami.
“Miami’s port is destination or point of origin for a lot of international consignments, which helps make this an ideal place for those who want to study international business in a real international environment,” he said.
The information session took place on May 26, 2009 and Ortiz plans another visit in September.