SOM Develops Relationship with Chilean University

Posted: August 24, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

Andres Fortino, director of the M.B.A. and the M.S. in Technology Management programs in the School of Management (SOM), taught a course at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile July 9-14. This event marks the beginning of a faculty and student exchange program with the Chilean university whose M.B.A. program was rated one of the top ten programs in South America by the magazine America Economia.

“We are active in developing international relationships with key schools around the globe,” says Fortino. “We have developed a strong relationship with this free-market, entrepreneurial school and its leaders who helped to turn the Chilean economy around.”

The students of the Universidad del Desarrolloare are all part-time business people who are very involved in the business world in Chile, according to Fortino (above).

The leaders of the Universidad del Desarrollo, Ernesto Silva Bafalluy, rector, and Cristián Larroulet, dean of the Economics and Business School, both received their Ph.D.’s in economics from the University of Chicago. “They came here last summer and saw me as a potential candidate to go down there and teach in my specialty, management of information systems,” says Fortino. “It was a milestone for me to teach at a partner school and to teach in Spanish.”

Fortino taught a boiled down version of the information technology management course to two sessions of 60 M.B.A. students at the university’s campuses in Santiago and Concepcion. Next January, students in George Mason’s M.B.A. program will attend the Universidad del Desarrollo as part of their international residency requirement. Students from the Chilean university M.B.A. program are planning to come to George Mason next summer. “I am also working on faculty exchanges,” says Fortino. “I was the first in what I hope will be a stream of productive faculty exchanges.”

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