Dean Thomas Robertson: Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise; Professor of Marketing and Management; Dean, The Wharton School
top spot. Sometimes we are number 1, and sometimes we are not. If there was a trend line downwards, we would be concerned, but there is not. Business Week is an interesting ranking: it essentially looks at how happy students are within a particular school. This is interesting, because they do not have a basis of comparison. We always look at the rankings, and we want to be number 1, and hopefully in the next edition they’ll be getting it right.
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You mentioned the 3 pillars focusing on innovation, globalization and socially beneÀcial outlooks. They’ve all been around individually for some time, but this is the À rst time that they’ve been streamlined and integrated together and presented to the student population. How do you see the student’s education changing on the ground level because of them?
They have been around, it’s a matter of emphasis, and it’s a matter of institutionalizing them. Having vice deans at the head of each pillar, and having staff directors and managing directors supporting them, these pillars will become more central and important to us. We are already very international, and we will become more international going forward. At the undergrad level we have 35 exchange programs, and 17% of international students within the undergrad body. Our faculty is also 35% international. But we will become more international going forward. We plan to offer modular courses in other countries which are appropriate to those countries. We will open the possibility of having points of presence in Europe, India, and China. There will be even more opportunities for exchange programs and to participate in international ventures. Having an international faculty and international student body creates a more globalized curriculum. On social impact, we have been doing a lot. The world does not know about it yet, because there hasn’t been scale and synergy. On the undergrad level, we have
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