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Minding the language gap: MIT Sloan launches one-of-a-kind Global Executive Academy

While we often consider our global world accessible to all, in many ways it isn’t. For non-English speaking executives seeking the latest research and business insights at a U.S. institution, language can be a barrier. That is, until now.

MIT Sloan recently announced a new concept—and some might say even a new frontier—in executive education. Launching this December, the Global Executive Academy (GEA) will offer a multilingual educational experience on the MIT Sloan campus, presenting executive education content for the non-English speaking world. This new program is a first of its kind, according to Dr. Peter Hirst, Executive Director of Executive Education at MIT Sloan.

Drawing from popular MIT Sloan Executive Education programs, critical management issues will be presented in English over eight days and simultaneously translated into five languages—UN style—including Arabic, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Additional activities designed to bridge the language barrier will also be conducted; participants will also benefit from a diversity of perspectives, multicultural environment, and cross-boarder networking.

About the Global Executive Academy

GEA is an ideal option for executives who want to enhance their general management skills despite the time and language constraints often faced in today’s fast-paced global economy.

The content will draw from four existing courses that are currently part of the MIT Sloan open enrollment mix: Building, Leading, and Sustaining the Innovative OrganizationManaging Technical Professionals and Organizations; Strategic Marketing for the Technical Executive; and Creating High Velocity Organizations. Upon completion, participants will earn an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.

The vision, says Hirst, is to “enable executives from all over the world to come to MIT to earn one of our coveted Executive Certificates, irrespective of their proficiency in spoken English.” He admits it’s a bold idea—and also a unique opportunity for an elite group of multinational execs to “come together and learn with our faculty and each other, share experiences, and explore the business challenges of globalization in a truly unique way.”