CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new program for foreign executives at MIT Sloan School of Management will allow participants to learn top level management skills in their native languages while networking with leaders from across the globe.
MIT Sloan will be accepting approximately one hundred executives from around the world into its first Global Executive Academy program to be held on its Cambridge, Massachusetts campus from December 3 through December 12, 2013. Using more than 20 translators, the program will be conducted simultaneously in Arabic, English, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
“Many non-English-speaking executives and managers throughout the world do not have access to top business school education programs,” says Peter Hirst, Executive Director of MIT Sloan Executive Education. “Even the few programs that are held in their home countries are often conducted in English. Here, the program will be offered in their natural languages, and participants will also have the valuable experience of meeting and networking with other global executives.”
Instructors will speak in English, and participants will wear wireless headsets to listen to the translations. “It won’t be like wearing an airline pilot contraption on your head, though” says Hirst. “They’ll be much more discreet, like those little earpieces that newscasters or bodyguards wear.”
Program organizers hope to have roughly equal numbers of executives who are fluent in each language. When the class breaks into discussion groups, those groups will be organized by language. During discussions involving the entire class, participants will be able to speak into microphones installed on tables. In a two-stage process, interpreters will translate what is said into English and then into other languages.
The content of the Global Executive Academy program is a combination of different offerings from MIT Sloan’s standard executive education portfolio. It will consist of four two-day sessions, focusing on driving innovation, managing technical professionals, strategic marketing, and developing high-performing organizations. Throughout the program, there will be many opportunities for informal discussions, including opening and closing dinners.
Upon completion, each participant will receive an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.
The program is aimed primarily at senior executives and high-potential managers, in both technical and general management positions, who might not otherwise be able to attend a top-tier executive education program due to language barriers.
Hirst says he expects people with a range of language skills to enroll in the program, including individuals who do not speak English at all or are uncomfortable using the language.
“We believe we can deliver world class executive education from around the globe while removing the requirement to be a sophisticated English speaker,” says Hirst.
Although the program could have been designed as a series of bilingual sessions offered in separate countries, Hirst says MIT Sloan administrators concluded there is more to be gained in a global academy approach.
“We’re excited to see what happens when we bring all of these people together from all these different countries using different languages at the same time,” says Hirst.