Johnson Extends Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program to Colombia

Colombia will be the first location of the Cornell-Queen's EMBA program outside of the U.S. and Canada, helping to further Johnson's Global Education strategy

Johnson Extends Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program to Colombia

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University is very pleased to announce that the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program (CQEMBA) will be offered in Colombia starting in the summer of 2011.


“We have selected Colombia as the first country outside of the United States and Canada where we will offer the CQEMBA after careful consideration," said Joe Thomas, dean of Johnson. “The strategic interests of Johnson in focusing on emerging markets combined with the changes and direction of the Colombian economy and business climate make Colombia the obvious leading candidate for our international growth plans for the CQEMBA. The great interest in our program and the high regard for education and executive development that my senior administrators and I have observed during our recent trips to Colombia have all reinforced that our analysis and decision are correct.”


Initial plans for the CQEMBA program in Colombia are to offer the program in Bogota and Medellin. Ultimately, the size and location of the Boardroom Learning Sites in Colombia will be based on demand by qualified applicants.

“We have been so pleased and impressed by the strong support and reception we have received from leading organizations and managers in Colombia,” said Danny Szpiro, assistant dean for Executive Education at Johnson and director of the CQEMBA. “Moreover, we believe that the addition of experienced managers and professionals from Latin America will enhance the learning experience for all participants in the CQEMBA. We are also very excited that the CQEMBA has been approved by Colfuturo as a program for which Colombian participants can apply for financial support through a combination of scholarships and loans.”


Colfuturo was founded in 1991 as an organization to provide financial assistance to Colombian students who enrolled in full-time studies outside of the country. The Board of Directors of Colfuturo selected the CQEMBA as the first program eligible for financial support where Colombian participants can continue to reside and work in Colombia while enrolled in these studies. Colombian participants in the CQEMBA can apply to Colfuturo for funding of $50,000 (U.S.) through a combination of a scholarship (25 percent of the funding) and five-year loan (75 percent of the funding) repayable post-graduation. Funding by Colfuturo is awarded on a competitive basis.


More information for employers and applicants from Colombia about the CQEMBA program and the Colfuturo funding can be found at the CQEMBA Web site.

Candidates in Colombia interested applying to the CQEMBA program can start by creating an application account at the Johnson Web site.

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