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07/11/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Johns Hopkins Business School 'Seeks To Reinvent The MBA'

For years, Johns Hopkins' business offerings--mostly part-time degree and certificate programs--lingered in the shadow of the university's internationally renowned medical and public health schools. That all changed in 2006 when the university received a $50 million gift from banker William Polk Carey, leading to the founding of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2007 and a new lofty mission to become one of the world's leading business schools. That vision will be put to the test this August when the school launches its new Global MBA program, with a curriculum that the school's inaugural dean, Yash Gupta, says seeks to reinvent the modern MBA.

"Since we are the new kids, we don't have to change culture; we are building a culture," Gupta says. "We are trying to change the mold."

All eyes in the management education world will be on the new B-school in the coming year, as Gupta essentially builds a new MBA program from scratch, a daunting task that few universities have been eager to take on in the last decades. The Carey School is seeking to distinguish itself by designing a curriculum that will capitalize on Johns Hopkins' strength in fields like medicine and public health, have a focus on emerging markets and ethics, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

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