“Global” is not just a label in the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA

The Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is an 18-month modular program, offered jointly by SDA Bocconi School of Management and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. As one of the top-ranked joint Executive MBA programs in the world in 2021, its Director, Ferdinando Pennarola, shares more about the program, including its globality, class size, and the benefits of graduating from a joint Executive MBA program.

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From “Managerial Economics” in Toronto to “Corporate Finance” in Milan

“The Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA is truly designed to deliver a global learning experience,” says Ferdinando Pennarola, GEMBA Director at SDA Bocconi School of Management. “For us, the word ‘global’ is not a label. It really testifies the qualification of the overall experience.” (00:15)

The best proof of this is in the vast range of locations where the program takes place. Students will spend time in the home campuses of Milan and Toronto. However, they will spend more than 50% of overall class time in Mumbai, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Shanghai, and São Paulo. That’s seven cities across four continents in just 18 months!

“This is our best proof to be consistent in delivering what ‘global’ means,” Ferdinando emphasizes. (00:41)

Learning safaris: Why the GEMBA class will always fit on a bus

When asked how many people are admitted into the GEMBA program, Ferdinando says, “Our answer is that we will never exceed the number of people that can sit on a bus.” (01:21)

A core aspect of the GEMBA program is “learning safaris,” in which students visit corporations and meet their top executives. In the 2021-2023 GEMBA class, students visited the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy, to discuss marketing and rebranding. They then visited the Maserati Plant in Modena to discuss operations management and the luxury industry.

As Ferdinando referenced, these company visits require a shorter bus trip. “As a consequence, this size is the perfect number that will allow a ratio between faculty and learners that will secure high engagement throughout the program,” he explains. (01:41)

Double the credentials, double the opportunities: The benefits of joint Executive MBA programs

As one of the top-ranked joint Executive MBA programs in the world in 2021, the GEMBA program is designed and managed by SDA Bocconi School of Management and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

As you can imagine, completing an Executive MBA at two world-class institutions gives students unparalleled access to a global alumni network, extensive career opportunities, and an impressive faculty pool. Recent guest speakers include Luca De Meo (Renault, Volkswagen), John J. Law (HSBC), and Michael Spence (Nobel laureate).

Students will also graduate with two credentials: a Global Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

On the diversity of the class, Ferdinando adds, “The recruiting and admissions procedures of both Rotman and SDA Bocconi School of Management bring in the class a highly qualified and diversified group of people, which really embodies the notion of being in a global class.” (01:01)

In sum, the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA provides experienced leaders with a truly “unforgettable, mind-blowing experience,” as Ferdinando puts it. (01:55) A launching pad for future career growth and integrated preparation for senior management roles, GEMBA provides a highly personalized focus on leadership development, introducing participants to a global network of exceptional managers, faculty, executives, and thought leaders.

If you’re a seasoned executive looking for a transformative learning journey that will bring you to leading organizations around the world, then look no further than the Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA program. Thanks to the contribution of the Bocconi Alumni Community, SDA Bocconi is now offering US$300,000 in merit-based tuition waivers for 2022-2024 Rotman-SDA Bocconi GEMBA candidates.

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