Tag: Executive Education

Olin celebrates the accomplishments of students from its Executive MBA (EMBA) programs and Brookings Executive Education in a ceremony at 2 p.m., Dec. 12, in Graham Chapel. After completing their capstone coursework in St. Louis this week, the students from Shanghai, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.-based programs will don full academic regalia and participate in a diploma and awards ceremony together with Dean Mahendra Gupta, Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Associate Dean Zhiwen YIN from the Fudan University School of Management, faculty, friends, and family present.

The candidates for graduation include:

EMBA-Shanghai, class 12

EMBA-St. Louis and Kansas City, class 42

Master of Science in Leadership, inaugural class

The MS in Leadership degree is granted by Washington University and delivered via Brookings Executive Education in Washington, D.C. through Olin’s partnership with the Brookings Institution.

The EMBA-Shanghai program is offered in partnership with Fudan University.



Olin Business School’s joint Executive MBA (EMBA) program with Fudan University in Shanghai is #7 in the 2014 Financial Times (FT) survey and remains among the most highly ranked programs globally. Among EMBA programs based in Mainland China, the Olin-Fudan program ranks #2.

“As one of the first western schools to partner with a Chinese university and introduce executive education to the Asian market, Olin is extremely proud of more than 800 highly successful alumni from our program with Fudan University,” said Mahendra R. Gupta, dean of Olin Business School. “Our excellent faculty are dedicated to preparing global leaders who can manage the challenges of doing business in the 21st century.”


Prof. Jim Little chats with EMBA students in Shanghai.

Based on surveys of alumni who graduated in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and information provided by the business schools, The FT rankings are based on multiple criteria from students’ salary increases to the volume of research published by faculty.

Candidates accepted to the Olin-Fudan program are among the most highly experienced and accomplished executives. The majority are at a directorship level or higher when they enter the program. When compared to all the schools in the FT survey, Olin-Fudan incoming students rank at #11 on the global scale of work experience.

The Shanghai-based program is taught in English by tenured faculty of Washington and Fudan universities. Students attend intensive monthly sessions for 22 months with a rigorous and demanding curriculum. Graduates report salary increases of more than 50% according to the new FT survey. Olin-Fudan alumni are not only prepared to take their careers to the next level upon completion of the EMBA program but they continue to benefit from the global alumni networks of two highly respected universities.

In the category of research, the Olin-Fudan program ranked #11 globally, reflecting the important role that faculty research plays in Olin’s mission to create knowledge and use research as a teaching tool. This category is calculated according to the number of articles published by a school’s current full-time faculty members in 45 academic and practitioner journals between January 2011 and August 2014. The rank combines the absolute number of publications with the number weighted relative to the faculty’s size.

The Olin-Fudan premier EMBA program attracts a diverse cohort of students each year from multi-national companies based in China and throughout Asia. Nearly half (49%), of the international EMBA candidates in the Shanghai program are women, the highest percentage among the top-tier schools in the FT survey.

Washington University launched its Executive MBA program 30 years ago in St. Louis and it continues to grow in recognition and reach. The Shanghai-based program was established in 2002 and more recently, the program has expanded to Kansas City (2009), and Denver (2013). In 2015, Olin and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management will launch the first joint EMBA program of its kind in Mumbai, India.

The Financial Times’ 14th annual ranking of executive MBA degrees included 132 programs from 32 countries, including 17 offered jointly by more than one school.
To view the rankings and methodology, please click here.


On September 23, about 400 guests entered Knight Hall for an inspiring TEDx Gateway experience in the Emerson Auditorium and Frick Forum. There were seven speakers including Washington University Executive MBA alumna, Edie Varley.

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Edie Varley, fourth from left, surrounded by her TEDx fan club.

Wonderful accolades were given to Washington University throughout the evening by individuals like Ginger Imster, Executive Director of Arch Grants for our support of the emerging St. Louis entrepreneurship community. photo 3 (2)

Steve Sommers the curator of the TEDx Gateway Arch organization told the gathering that this chapter is “committed to creating awareness about the many cool ideas that exist in St. Louis.”



KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL: Olin Business School hires new managing director to oversee KC program. Linda Endecott has been named the new managing director of Olin’s Executive Education programs in Kansas City, where the Executive MBA program is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Linda Endecott

Linda Endecott


Wash U’s Hard-Fought Gamble in India. Poets & Quants for Executives, July 18, 2014. Within a week of announcing an unusual Executive MBA program in India in late June, Washington University’s Olin School has more than 50 credible inquiries from prospective students for its first cohort. An interview with Dean Gupta.