UNCP to launch
a day MBA program in 2004
UNC Pembroke's MBA
program is starting the New Year with a new focus, a new day program
and a new director.
Director Carmen Calabrese, who comes to UNCP from an engineering and
international business background, is currently developing a day program
to attract a different type of student.
program is geared towards established professionals who are interested
in career growth and development," Dr. Calabrese said. "The
day program will concentrate on younger students seeking to continue
their college education and who wish to accelerate career growth."
The new day program
is a natural development for a relatively new program, said Dr. Eric
Dent, Dean of the School of Business.
growth at UNCP has allowed for a number of exciting new initiatives
ranging from pursuit of the highest level of accreditation (AACSB) to
possible joint ventures with prominent international universities,"
Dr. Dent said. "The day-time MBA program means that, for the first
time, promising students from this region will not have to leave the
area to go to a high-quality, full-time MBA program. This important
step is a milestone for the increase in professional work in this region."
The day program
is in the planning stages and will debut in the fall semester, 2004.
Both programs will gain a new strategic focus.
Dr. Calabrese said. "We are focusing on the needs of our region.
The need here is for small business development."
A veteran educator,
Dr. Calabrese's last business stop was leading a start-up project for
Nachi-Fujikoshi, Ltd., a Tokyo-based company that manufactured and marketed
machine tools, robotics, bearings and cutting tools.
He will begin teaching
two courses in entrepreneurship in the spring semester.
the day program will be a unique product for the region's students,"
Dr. Calabrese said. "We will also provide research opportunities
that may be publishable and will build the student's portfolio for prospective
will gain an understanding of the global economy, especially as it affects
the economic forces that impact North Carolina," he said. "We
will also focus on entrepreneurial competences."
The MBA program
is seeking to build its enrollment to 100 students in three years, or
to nearly double the size of the program.
"With a new
product and new focus coming on line, we believe this goal is attainable,"
Dr. Calabrese said. "To accomplish our mission will require us
to improve our own entrepreneurial skills, and that is another benefit."
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