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APRIL 2013

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News and Notes

Thunderbird grows with Laureate Education

A new partnership with Laureate Education, Inc., will allow Thunderbird to expand its presence around the world, cementing its position as the world's No. 1 institution for international business education. The plan, announced March 18, 2013, allows Thunderbird to expand its programs internationally through Laureate Education's network of campuses that spans 29 countries. Thunderbird also plans to offer undergraduate programs and expand classroom and online master's degree programs, increasing student enrollment. While providing strategic benefits, the partnership preserves Thunderbird's independence and continued operation as a private not-for-profit educational institution. Thunderbird maintains control of its Board of Trustees, curriculum, faculty, admission standards and all other aspects of academic affairs. Planned partnership Q&A | Read more...


School unveils one-year MBA
Thunderbird is taking its No. 1-ranked MBA program to new heights in fall 2013 with the launch of a curriculum that features a shorter format, cutting-edge delivery and more affordable pricing.
  Executive MBA earns recognition
Thunderbird appears at No. 19 in the 2013 Poets & Quants list of the World's Best Executive MBA programs. The report, published March 25, 2013, is an overall ranking not specific to Thunderbird's global specialization. Read more...

Sights and Sounds

A close-up view (0:45)
A conversation with Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D., about the future of higher education. Magazine profile | Videos…
Rugby Alumni Weekend
The Old Boys return to campus March 2, 2013, for the annual match against the student club.
View slideshow | Read more…

Tips and Trends
Five Facebook secrets
Social media innovator Ekaterina Walter '08 explores Mark Zuckerberg's success in her new book, Think Like Zuck. She says entrepreneurs need passion, purpose, people, product and partnerships. Read more...
  Illusions of online privacy
People sometimes blame the Internet for online privacy problems. But author Siobhan MacDermott '05 says the real danger comes from careless attitudes related to four paradoxes of the digital world. Read more...


10 beacons of the Thunderbird mystique

Guests will line up April 6, 2013, for food and drinks from more than one dozen Asian countries. Then the lights will dim, and emcees will introduce a live show that will include dances and other cultural demonstrations. This will be the latest installment of Regional Night, a cultural exchange hosted and produced by Thunderbird students three times each trimester. "When we say we're No. 1 in international business, we really mean it," says Thunderbird Student Government Vice President Anirrban Mukherjii '13 of India. "Regional Nights are one of the many ways in which Thunderbird helps you understand what the world is all about." Here are 10 one-of-a-kind traditions and points of pride that set Thunderbird apart, including Regional Night. Read more...


Class Notes

Alumni make double impact in Bulgaria

Bulgaria unveiled a caretaker cabinet on March 12, 2013, that includes Thunderbird entrepreneur Roman Vasilev '03 as Minister for Electronic Government. The move came after weeks of political protests in Bulgaria that forced the prime minister's resignation on Feb. 21, 2013. Vasilev is part of a transitional government that will lead Bulgaria while the country prepares for elections on May 12, 2013. Meanwhile, Forbes Bulgaria featured real estate consultant Atanas Garov '00 on its March 2013 cover.
Read more about Vasilev | Read more about Garov | See the Forbes cover...

Thunderbird Bookshelf: American CPA Larry Lipsher '65, the world's funniest accountant, publishes a user-friendly tax guide for U.S. expatriates, written especially for people who hate taxes. Read more...


Chapter Connections

Super First Tuesday: 52 chapters, 20 countries

Alumni, students and prospective students from 52 chapters in 20 countries attended the sixth-annual Super First Tuesday in March 2013. "As always it was a good time and good company," Bogotá, Colombia chapter leader David Castro '11 wrote on his group's Facebook page. About 50 guests gathered at the One America Tower in downtown San Diego, California, including prospective student Wesley Nicholson, guest Shannen Ferreira McKean and alumnus David Stevens '10 (pictured at left). Super First Tuesday allows prospective students and friends to meet T-birds and gain firsthand insights about the student experience. Submit photos | View slideshow | Read more…


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