INSEAD and Wharton renew strategic alliance

Six campuses, two schools, one alliance — creating a worldwide network unique among global business schools

Middle East, Asia, Europe
23 August 2018

INSEAD, the business school for the world, and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, are pleased to announce the renewal of their strategic alliance through June 2021.  Established in 2001, the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance combines the resources of two world leaders in management education and creates global access to unparalleled business knowledge for students, faculty, and executives worldwide.

The Alliance encompasses significant joint activities, making it one of the broadest and deepest ventures of its kind between two leading business schools in the world:

  • MBA programme – Opportunity for student exchanges across campuses  with access to the host school’s career services during the exchange period
  • Research and development – Collaborative research and teaching activities facilitated by the INSEAD-Wharton Centre for Global Research for faculty members and doctoral students
  • Faculty exchange – Opportunity for faculty to participate in the academic life of the partner school in research and teaching in the host school’s courses; as well as in short-term research visits
  • PhD student initiatives – Collaboration in doctoral education including student exchanges, research with faculty at partner school, and in joint research conferences/consortia and summer courses

Ilian Mihov, INSEAD Dean and Professor of Economics, says that, “INSEAD was founded on a principle of business as a force for good. Since we first opened our doors, this has guided our actions and our approach to business education. It also guides the partnerships we forge in pursuit of excellence in education. The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance is a shining example of how we use partnerships to remain true to our principles and deliver a truly transformative education experience – something no single school can provide. Together we can do more and produce more positive results for business and society.”

Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School, states, “Today’s world is intrinsically interconnected.  A global outlook is vitally important for individuals, for economies and for the world.  Through the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance we are developing leaders who will become tomorrow’s global citizens.  I’m delighted that this Alliance continues to grow and to support Wharton’s core values of global understanding and knowledge sharing."

Thomas S. Robertson, The Wharton School, Executive Director of the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance, says that, “Wharton is committed to achieving and maintaining a global footprint. A significant percentage of our faculty and students is international, our course content is deliberately international, and our faculty conduct research cross-culturally. The net result is to create and disseminate knowledge of value to global executives. The Wharton INSEAD Alliance is an important conduit for Wharton to achieve its global ambitions by further connecting us to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.”

Gavin Cassar, Research Director of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance at INSEAD, affirms that, “Tomorrow’s business leaders must have global reach and be part of a worldwide business education and knowledge network. The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance enhances the global perspective of our management research and education. Our longstanding deep collaborative relationship opens opportunities for faculty and student exchanges, truly global learning experiences and world-class research. As Research Director for the Alliance, I look forward to building further collaborations and opening even more opportunities for both institution’s faculty and students.”

Thomas S. Robertson, The Wharton School, Executive Director of the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance and Gavin Cassar, Research Director of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance at INSEAD.

Six Campuses. Two Schools. One Alliance.

The Alliance reaffirms both schools’ commitment to cultivate market leaders through management education, and to contribute towards global business research and education for businesses and communities worldwide.

So far, more than 1,700 MBA students and executives have benefitted from various programmes and collaborations across the schools’ six campuses in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Beijing, Fontainebleau, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.


For more information, visit the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance.


About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. Our research, teaching and partnerships reflect this global perspective and cultural diversity.

With locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and now North America (San Francisco), INSEAD's business education and research spans four regions. Our 168 renowned Faculty members from 41 countries inspire more than 1,100 degree participants annually in our Master in Management,  MBA, Global Executive MBA, Specialised Master’s degrees (Executive Master in Finance and Executive Master in Change) and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 12,400 executives participate in INSEAD Executive Education programmes each year.

INSEAD continues to conduct cutting-edge research and innovate across all our programmes. We provide business leaders with the knowledge and awareness to operate anywhere. Our core values drive academic excellence and serve the global community as The Business School for the World.

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