The key driver of FGV/EBAPE’s internationalization strategy is to strengthen the School´s position in the global market as an internationally renowned center of excellence in the provision of quality research and teaching in the area of administration. In order to achieve this, the School aims to provide the maximum international exposure to its students and staff, by developing and increasing the number and quality of academic agreements, thus attracting more international students and faculty, and therefore contributing to the enrichment of the courses on offer and the institution as a whole.
EBAPE believes that the internationalization of the School generates a number of benefits, namely that it helps create a diverse environment, which, in turn, provides fresh perspectives and helps nurture creativity, innovation and flexibility, thereby drawing on a variety of approaches and perspectives to work and resolve problems, tapping hidden capacity for growth and encouraging staff and students to give their best. This diverse environment generated by internationalization has a positive impact on the overall operations of the School, helping broaden the horizons of its staff and, more importantly, its students, by preparing them to become leaders in both the public and private sectors of this country, as well as to meet the challenges posed by globalization.
FGV/EBAPE’S key international initiatives
Over the last five years, on the international front, EBAPE has carried out a number of initiatives aimed at underpinning the School´s overall mission, which is to contribute to Brazil’s social and economic development, improving the nation’s ethical standards, promoting responsible and shared governance practices, and placing the country business and government leaders in a prominent position in the national and international arena. Some of these initiatives are described below:
- International Mobility Program: with a view to preparing its students for greater international exposure, FGV/EBAPE has set up partnerships with leading universities in several countries, thus offering exchange opportunities to its students, as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with visiting exchange students from all over the world.
- International Executive Programs: in addition to traditional student exchange programs, EBAPE has signed agreements with renowned international business schools in order to offer special programs to Executive Master’s students, such as the Corporate International Master’s (CIM), Global MBA, International Master´s in Practicing Management (IMPM) and the Global Executive MBA (IMM).
- Courses Taught in English: The School offers MSc and PhD in Administration programs taught entirely in English, as well as a portfolio of Master’s courses for exchange students through its International Program in Business (IPB). FGV/EBAPE is also working towards gradually increasing the number of undergraduate courses taught in English.
- Research Exchange: FGV/EBAPE is also heading up projects with a view to attracting Higher Education Institutions from outside Brazil to conduct research and publish papers, thus encouraging the formation of a network of researchers focused on the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
- Accreditation: in 2014, FGV/EBAPE was awarded EQUIS international accreditation under the European Quality Improvement System, which is one of the most important certifications in the academic world. Granted only to institutions that comply with stringent international teaching and research quality standards by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), which is an international business school assessment body, this accreditation reflects widespread international acknowledgement of the quality of the School. In Brazil, only three other institutions have been awarded this EQUIS-EFMD seal, which is only granted to universities, colleges and schools with proven high internationalization levels.
In March 2015, the Professional Master’s in Public Administration (MAP) offered by FGV/EBAPE was awarded accreditation by the International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA), which is the institution in charge of accrediting public administration education and training programs, compliant with the rules and standards established by the Board of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), granted only to institutions with extremely high standards of excellence in Public Administration education and Training.
In addition to maintaining its EQUIS and ICAPA accreditations, the School is also working towards accreditation by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).