During tough economic times, it is important to build networks and work together–which is why our corporate partners are of great importance now, more than ever before. We are fortunate to benefit from the support and goodwill of alumni and business leaders who make our network in the business community stronger and provide guidance in our academic programming.
We have many partnerships with corporate sponsors and local business and alumni that benefit our students. Our corporate partners enhance student learning and are very important to the growth of our school. Business leaders’ participation in our boards, career management programs and class visits all enhance the educational development of our students.
International partnerships offer opportunities to learn abroad, partnerships with local business leaders help us to bring guest speakers to our classes to share their expertise with students and capstone judges to participate in student presentations. These leaders also offer mentoring programs to our students, and even internships and jobs.
Even partnerships within the schools at George Mason University have provided unique opportunities for students. For example, our Master’s in Real Estate Development and Master’s in Management of Secure Information Systems were developed from a partnership of three schools at Mason, the School of Management, School of Public Policy, and Volgenau School of Engineering.
And in the past few years, a partnership has allowed our students to have three separate opportunities to visit American business tycoon, Warren Buffett at his corporate offices in Omaha, Nebraska, where they engaged in discussions with him on the current global and national economies.
For those who are not yet our partners, we would love to include you in our journey. Every new partnership is a new opportunity for learning and success.
To our students, when you transition from students to alumni, remember to take pride in your alma mater. Return to campus and offer your time and support in our classrooms and with student activities, to help grow future generations of global business leaders.
We are indebted to our partners and their dedication to Mason and the School of Management. So at this time, I’d like to extend my thanks to all of our partners for all you do in supporting the School of Management. Thank you.