Angel Burgos, Director of MBA and MSA programs at George Mason University’s School of Management, has been named a Fulbright International Education Administrators Program scholar. The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries.
As part of this Fulbright Program, Burgos will travel to Berlin and other German cities to learn about Germany’s education system from the inside out as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues. The Fulbright Program’s intention is for grantees to return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.
While in Germany, Burgos will attend seminars designed to introduce participants to the society, culture and higher education systems in Germany through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings on education.
As director of Mason’s MBA program, Burgos is particularly interested in learning more about the MBA degree in Germany—a relatively recent academic innovation. “Over the last decade German universities have shown themselves to be adept at replacing the Diplom-Kaufmann with American-style MBAs. I am interested in how the German MBA degree fits into the German system of higher education and how German institutions are adapting their degrees to prepare students for work inside and outside of the European Union,” says Burgos
“As more MBA programs develop international relationships, it will be useful to compare and contrast their academic objectives, methodology, field work, and learning outcomes so that “best practices” can be implemented here at Mason. In particular, I will investigate how German schools use different models, such as the Executive MBA and Accelerated MBA format, to appeal to and recruit students and how their lessons can be applied to American environments.
Burgos plans to make contacts at the German institutions he visits as well as with other visiting education administrators participating in the program to build a network that could facilitate exchanges of MBA faculty and students with George Mason.
“In light of Mason’s location in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., I think that Mason might be an ideal location for German MBA students to study the impact of American government regulatory and business policies on international commerce,” Burgos theorizes.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.