Americas Alliance Schools
Learn about each of the four schools that make up the Americas MBA for Executives.
The Fundação Instituto de Administração (Management Institute Foundation), known as FIA, located in São Paulo, Brazil, was created in 1980 by the faculty of the Business Administration Department of the University of São Paulo (FEA/USP), as a not for profit foundation offering graduate education, research and extension activities.
FIA Business School pioneered Executive MBA programs in Brazil in 1993, becoming one of Latin America's top ranked business schools and the only fully Brazilian Executive MBA ranked among the best in the world by the Financial Times. Internationally accredited by the London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA), FIA was chosen in December 2010 as the "Most Innovative Business School in South America" by European CEO Magazine.
More than 5,000 executives have graduated from FIA's MBA programs, many with outstanding job positions in Brazilian and International companies, and its graduates are ranked among the Top 10 most experienced students in the world, according to the Financial Times.
With 17 million inhabitants, São Paulo is located in Southeastern Brazil on a plateau, with an average elevation of around 799 metres (2,621 ft) above sea level, but only 70 kilometers (43 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean, crossing the "Mata Atlântica" forest. The city is not only Brazil's largest, but also its most dynamic business center, headquarter to the majority of multinational companies in Brazil, and is a multiethnic and cosmopolitan city in terms of cultural life, gastronomy, business and leisure opportunities.
The Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, known as ITAM, located in Mexico City, Mexico, is a private PhD-granting research university. It is one of the nation's preeminent institutions of higher learning, the best private university in Mexico according to El Universal; the best undergraduate Accounting, Business, International Relations and Economics school in Mexico City according to Reforma; and the best Business School in Latin America according to America Economia (2007, 2008 and 2010). Also, it is considered one of Mexico's think tanks.
Founded in 1946 originally as an Economics school, ITAM boasts a world-class research institution in Finance and Economics. In addition to the Americas MBA, ITAM offers a full-time MBA program (established in 1974), a part-time MBA program, a master's in International Management and an Executive MBA program. Also a leading player in the Mexican Executive Education Market for over three decades, ITAM provides top-quality open and custom programs to executives in the private and public sectors. ITAM has been a very active member of UNICON, The International University Consortium for Executive Education since 2001.
In 1998, ITAM was the first Latin American school to obtain AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) recognition for having world-class levels of excellence in the teaching of business. In early 2005, ITAM became accredited by The Association of MBAs (AMBA)—the first MBA program in Mexico and the 100th school in the world to receive this prestigious accreditation. Additionally in 2005, ITAM became a European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accredited member of the European Foundation for Management Development. ITAM is one of less than 50 schools that can claim this triple crown status (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS).
In just four decades, Simon Fraser University, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, has earned an international reputation for innovative teaching, advanced research and community engagement. With three distinctive campuses located in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, SFU is home to more than 940 permanent faculty members and more than 34,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
SFU's curriculum and admission requirements emphasize writing and quantitative skills, as well as breadth of study. The university's researchers have secured more than $84 million in sponsored funds and SFU enjoys the highest research intensity and growth among comprehensive universities. No university in Canada is as outward looking and as connected to the communities it serves. The university is ranked by Maclean's, Canada's national news magazine, as the top comprehensive university in the country.
SFU's Beedie School of Business is home to Canada's first Executive MBA program, founded in 1968. Graduate classes take place at the Segal Graduate School campus in downtown Vancouver, a state-of-the-art facility that is also home to the MBA, Management of Technology MBA, Master of Financial Risk Management and PhD programs. The business school is also home to 3,400 undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration students at the Burnaby and Surrey campuses.
The Beedie School of Business has achieved international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). It has also committed to integrating the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). The school is a Canadian leader in global business teaching and research—and was recognized in 2010 for being one of the Top 40 business schools globally for international business research.
Bordered by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is Western Canada's largest metropolis and is recognized as the world's most liveable city by the Economist in its 2011 global ranking. The city draws from its Pacific Rim setting and cultural and ethnic diversity to deliver a truly international business outlook.
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a private research university founded in 1873 with a gift from Cornelius Vanderbilt, the "first tycoon" of American business. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees, many of which are recognized as among the best in the world by publications such as US News & World Report, Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek and Kiplinger's. The combination of cutting-edge research, liberal arts, nationally recognized schools of business and law as well as a leading medical center creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex questions affecting our health, culture and society.
The Owen Graduate School of Management offers several highly regarded master's degrees, including a full-time MBA and an Executive MBA as well as one-year graduate degree programs in Finance, Accounting and Health Care Management. The Americas MBA is a new program that leverages both the existing Vanderbilt MBA program for executives—well known for its focus on strategy, leadership and advanced financial framework—and the school's strength in customizing professional development programs that help companies such as Bridgestone, Nissan and LP achieve their respective cross-border business goals. Businessweek describes Owen as one of "the nation's best B-schools and is praised for its strong peer dynamics and school loyalty."
Vanderbilt University is located a mile and a half from downtown Nashville on a parklike campus designated a national arboretum in 1988. With a metropolitan area of approximately 1.5 million individuals and more than 40,000 businesses, the Nashville area has experienced tremendous growth over the past 20 years, attracting a "who's who" of corporate relocations, including Bridgestone Americas, Nissan North America, and Asurion. The city's culturally diverse and friendly environment makes it a favorite place for conventioneers and tourists, as well as a great place to work, live and raise a family. Dubbed "Music City USA" for its wealth of country music artists, writers, producers and publishers, Nashville has been named America's Friendliest City by Travel + Leisure as well as 13th "Coolest City" by MSN (both in 2009).