Northwestern University's Kellogg School nearly doubles Coral Gables size
By Marilyn Bowden
Demand for its executive MBA program prompted Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management to expand its space at 95 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, from 11,900 square feet to 22,700, said Carolina Pina, associate director of the graduate business school's Miami campus.
The Evanston, IL-based university took over the space vacated by Yahoo.
Ms. Pino said this is the second expansion since Kellogg's Miami campus opened in 2005.
"We started with one classroom," she said, "and expanded in 2007, adding a second classroom and office space."
This latest expansion will allow for larger classrooms with the capacity to seat 75 to 80 students, Ms. Pino said, as well as smaller study rooms assigned to teams of five to seven students who work together throughout the two-year program, an alumni center and more room for faculty members.
Initially, she said, Kellogg started one new class each January in Miami, but due to demand this year is inaugurating a new class beginning in September as well.
In addition to full-time MBA and executive MBA programs on Northwestern's Evanston campus and the executive MBA program at the Miami campus, Kellogg School of Management offers a part-time MBA program in downtown Chicago.
"These are our 100% Kellogg programs," Ms. Pino said. "We also have partnerships internationally with universities in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Vallendar, Germany."
About 30% of students in the local executive program come from outside the US, she said — not only from Latin America but also from the UK, France and other European countries.
"The 70% who are domestic are very diverse as well."
The weather is an attraction; some students who might more easily attend classes in Chicago opt for Miami instead, she said.
The program targets working executives with at least eight years of experience, Ms. Pino said. The average age is 36.
Classes convene one weekend a month and, four times a year, for five consecutive days.
"The once-a-month format gives us a competitive advantage," Ms. Pino said, "as does the fact that we have the same faculty that teaches at our Evanston campus.
"We only use top senior faculty who are experts in their areas and are also researchers and consultants to companies around the world. For our students, being around them for the whole weekend fosters more interaction outside of the classroom."
The combination of expert faculty and students whose careers are already under way makes for an interactive learning experience, she said.
"The beauty of an executive MBA is that the student can apply what they're learning right away and add value to their jobs and companies — and they can always bounce ideas off fellow students and faculty."
The program's networking opportunities with other students from major companies around the world are also a draw, Ms. Pino said, "and through the partner programs, our students can actually take some of their electives in their second year at foreign universities."
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