We believe this is the beginning of something pretty incredible, and it’s gratifying to see that others agree with us. Check out the article that John Byrne, former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek and founder of Poets & Quants, wrote for his influential website and published by CNN Money/Fortune on Friday:
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming the third MBA@UNC class! This new, stellar group kicked off the business studies with UNC Kenan-Flagler earlier this month.
A number of years ago, while working in sales at an investment bank, I tried taking a business course at NYU. I was unexpectedly sent to work in Hong Kong a month into the semester. Too late to drop the course, I missed several classes and the midterm – all of that time and money went down the drain. I did not wanting to interrupt my career with a full-time program, so I put aside my business school aspirations – until MBA@UNC came along.
Much to my delight, shortly after completing my GMAT, I learned that UNC Kenan-Flagler would be offering a program for working professionals who are not located in Chapel Hill. Though I had other options, I chose to attend MBA@UNC, believing it would be the best education with the least impact on my ability to perform at work, and be a good father to my kids.
MBA@UNC is brand new, but we are a first step toward Googlizing MBA education. Someday, we hope to have all of the knowledge of our world-class faculty accessible at any time to all of our students. Today, our total faculty knowledge is like a huge wall. On the wall are small circles. We teach the material in the circles. A few circles overlap, but most stand alone. At any moment, students can learn everything in a few circles. During their matriculation, they can learn many circles, but only a tiny portion of the entire wall.
I walked into the program with “skeptical optimism,” if that is even a phrase. I wanted a top-tier program, but needed something that fit into my family life and allowed me to stay at my job. Speaking with the admissions counselors, the MBA@UNC felt like a good fit, but I had a lot of unanswered questions: Will I make substantial relationships with my classmates? Will an on-line classroom engage me intellectually? Should I just wait a year and let UNC work out the kinks?
Even with all these questions, I was intrigued. I thought, “This will be like a start-up, I’ve always wanted to work at a start-up.” So that pushed me over the edge – and I entered the program with “skeptical optimism..
Congratulations and welcome to the second MBA@UNC class, who kicked off the next step in their education with the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School yesterday, October 3, 2011.