Executive MBA National & Americas Information Session | Aug. 18, 2021

Executive MBA National & Americas Information Session | Aug. 18, 2021

okay well it looks like the uh the participants have um stopped uh climbing so we’re now having a number of people in the room so we’ll just um start off again i just mentioned a moment ago that we have another panelist who is intending to join and she will probably just join us as we go through the session so first of all today we’re going to talk about the national mba program the national executive mba program at queen’s as well as the executive mba americas program a cornell queens partnership i am the director for the executive mba americas program um and my colleague gloria saccone is the director of the national program we often introduce each other’s programs because they’re very similar so we know um a lot about each other’s programs and we’re happy to to answer questions uh about the program if there’s something i can’t answer then we’ll be certainly sure to get you the information as we go through uh through the session or follow up with you after i’d like to introduce my panelist here sam sandeep so sani if you could just introduce yourself that would be great he is a graduate of our class of 21 from the emba americas program and and yang you can see on the screen here she’s the one who’s attending to join us as well this is a great opportunity really for the panelists to to learn from uh students who have been through the program because they’re the best uh ones to describe what it’s like and to kind of describe uh what it what it means to your life and how it impacts your life and how you can manage all of the pressures that you have but for now i’d like to just step over to sandeep and ask him to introduce himself sure hi everyone good afternoon so my name is sandeep um i just graduated in june class of 2021 the national americas program not the national but the americas program and um you know my background and i started off as an electrical engineer i have a master’s degree in computer science as well i have been in 19 the last 20 plus years you know running projects as a program manager or a senior pm and what motivated me to get my executive mba was to advance my career personal growth and i just wanted to take a challenge right is that something that i can do given my technical background i was a little apprehensive but you know feel free to ask any questions that that you may have but i definitely recommend um you know taking this leap if you’re ready for it that’s great and in san diego you’re in you’re located around toronto if i remember correctly that’s yes i’m in the burlington area correct okay great and uh and i’m i recall that you used to work for a different company so i guess you changed your your uh your role again great good for you yeah i did i was working for a company called ifts as a financial services company downtown as a program director and then the pandemic has made it difficult but nonetheless i decided to change my career path so right now i work for insurance company called caa in markham as a senior pm i’m doing a digital transformation program for them um and yeah it’s uh it’s definitely uh you know mba is paying in dividends if not in career paths change but definitely you know how i do my work day to day um you know the learnings that i have collected and it’s just fascinating to see how i can apply it you know my day-to-day job uh and that has been uh quite the success story personally that’s great great and i’m glad sending sunday you mentioned that you’re doing a digital transformation project because i’m sure many other audience members are thinking about kind of the future of of uh digital environments or digitization um and so maybe we you’re an expert that can answer questions about our mba but also about you know that area as well yeah sure i can yeah yeah great okay so i’m gonna um i just see a question popped up into the chat box here and um i will get to questions as we go through um the session so but do please uh add your questions into the chat box and the q a and then i will come back to them a little bit later at beginning we’ll go through some of our slides and answer some of the basic questions about the programs so first of all i’d really like you to think back some deep about when you started the program before you started the program and all the audience members here today as well if you think about why you did an executive mba and so i remember you just mentioned that you wanted to take on this challenge but there’s probably more to it so i’m wondering if you can think back you know six months a year before you actually entered in the program you know what what was motivating you to learn about doing an mba and and what what drove you towards that yeah absolutely yeah so you know i kind of if you know charles i kind of applied in 2016. um that’s when i wanted to do it but then my wife got pregnant and then i kind of had to put that on the back burner but but the real impetus or leading up to me you know to stop my executive mba was like i said number one professional growth right um in my line of work i was doing well uh progressing up you know i was in middle management and i really wanted to take the plunge into you know senior management executive level management as well so i thought that it is necessary for for me to get the academic uh credentials and you know improve my own repertoire from that perspective so that was number one number two was like i said a challenge right i i come from a technical background um and by virtue of that my exposure to for example like accounting practices or financial management was quite limited so there was there was a valid reason to plug in that hole in my professional resume so to speak right and that kind of motivated me i was thinking about that you know i looked at i took some like on free online courses for accounting to understand if i can read you know the financial statements and make sense of it um but these were the two primary reasons right one that’s something that i lacked and i i became aware of that and i did not want that to become a handicap you know the market is so competitive right now there are a lot of smart people around so you have to differentiate yourself so this was like a has this in marketing right a different differentiation strategy that i thought would apply and that’s why i chose queens and cornell um you know they are leaders in their segment great reputation networking opportunities to cut and finally like the caliber of my classmates that was like stellar right that in itself is a big portion there’s so much you can take from the course material the professors are great but there’s a third component that’s that i think some people oversee which is what does your cohort look like who are you going to interact with because these are lifelong relationships that you would build and i really wanted to focus on that aspect which is the networking right whom do i get access to what kind of relationships i can build um what is the support structure that i get from both the universities these were additional factors that went into deciding you know whether i should do my mba and where should i do my mba from so that’s my biggest recommendation to everyone like you know take a deep look at why you want to do it right you know professionally yeah make sense personal personal reasons yeah make sense but the other benef benefits that you achieve um you need to factor those in as well like as as i mentioned right networking is is key here so that was my you know thought process uh charles great into the executive md program i don’t have any regrets okay that’s good to hear so so what i’m hearing sundeep is that you kind of recognize you wanted to progress in your career and you did a gap analysis maybe on your skill set and tried to try to fill it in that’s that’s awesome um so yang thank you so much for joining us um i’m glad to have you here uh before we kind of kick off and go through some questions and uh and some more slides yeah could you just introduce yourself briefly to the to the group as well well definitely first of all i do want to apologize um i was in another meeting and then running late and i’ve been late for i think six minutes apologize for that um hi everyone um my name is yang yang so currently i’m working in bimo bangkamung cho as the vice president of the mobile mortgage specialist group and i graduated from queens university for the mba program actually during the panama we missed the huge ceremony moment which it is okay uh because from the program itself we experience a lot which it is fabulous um introduce myself my background a little bit um i’m not boring in canada so i was an international student after i graduated i started to work in a bank so for my whole career right now over 15 years i always been working in the bank so for myself i always thinking what else can i do what kind of other industry like you know what kind of other um what kind of other kind of business you know how they looks like um how they operate how they process you know um in in canada in north american and um and then how i can um improve myself by only you know working in the retail banking in the bank like you know how can i experience a different way and so that it is one of the important reason for me to choose emba program to open my mind to learn more to experience more which it is you know the choice you don’t have to get out give up your current career you don’t have to take that risk to try something new but from the program itself you can experience learnt and especially you got opportunity to um to operate quiet like you know through our consulting project so um that is one of the reason and then the other reason um when i finish you know university for bachelor degree i didn’t continue for them for further education which it is always something i want to have and after at that moment you know working in the bank for over 10 years in the retail banking i’m thinking definitely it is a time for me to recharge myself and also um at that moment when i applied for school um i had management experience for i think just like the over four years but i feel myself yes i learned a lot you know from my work from my colleagues around my leader which is fantastic but i never have professional you know education about management so um that’s another reason why i thinking about emba program and then um emba program itself also give me the capacity i can handle um the work the same time and also my family and to be honest uh most of them most of the time of the at the emba i went through it during my maternal relief when i just had my second baby so it is a fantastic program you know and the school give you enough support to handle balance everything and the reason why i choose uh queens university um of course i did a lot of search and i talked a lot of people especially my colleagues my previous leaders you know from different bank and of course queen’s university have the highest reputation in the banking industry i’m not um like i always hear so i talking about the banking industry and uh but um like for other industry our queen’s university the rank i think in the world the emba program is also on the top if i didn’t remember wrong um there was one ranking women taught within the right number one right so when i you know thinking about myself in my lifetime how many times i’m going to um go back to school probably not many in the future so if we make the choice uh we make the time we’ll make the effort we want to learn from the best so that is the reason why i choose queen’s university um so um from the program itself um i just um i i’m sorry um said it i miss half of your of your um introduction and comment but i got the right half and i totally agree with you the network we have in our lonely in our school that it is fantastic and that is i feel going to benefit for the lifetime you know right now we graduate right now during the pandemic we didn’t have too um too many opportunities which we can meet in person unfortunately by the time we’ll be back and the connection is always there you know i i feel like you know whenever i need something i still contact with my uh with my um classmates you know even they’re in vancouver edmonton alberta location is not a problem we were in the same classroom together and then um you know that the network the value i think it is a lifetime that’s great that’s great so what i’m hearing from you yang is that you were again you were you were kind of advancing in your career and you’re at a point where you wanted to add some more skills and to continue to progress so very similar similar to sandeep as well yeah so if i can just remind the audience members on the call if you can think about why you’re interested uh in pursuing an executive mba then i’ll share some data with you this is data from gmac actually which is the company that organizes the gmat test they have a very robust data set and they’ve been doing this research for years and years and years about why people are pursuing executive mbas and generally you know this is the result about 40 percent are thinking about switching their careers so similar to probably sandeep and yang in a way they’ve reached a point in their career where they’ve had a lot of success and they’re trying to think about well is this the best option for me for the rest of my life or should i be thinking about other options just thinking about trying to explore you know more opportunities for themselves there’s another 40 that are really thinking about you know committing to that career that they’re in and they’re just trying to find a way to get to the top of their of their function area and there’s about another 20 who are really interested in entrepreneurship so i want to raise this and share this information with you because you know this is a big commitment of time of course money um and impact on your life and so if you’re if you’re thinking about doing an executive mba i think you really need to have a clear reason why you want to do it because that you will that will be the north this north star the guiding star that helps you get through the program and really helps you maximize the benefit from the program so i have a um a lot of information to share with you but i’m going to go through kind of the overview of the program and sandeep and yang i’m going to ask you just to jump in periodically and ask some questions as we go through it you know every executive mba contains the core content of an mba so you’re going to have a marketing course leadership course economics accounting courses there’s going to be strategy courses in every executive mba so i’m not going to talk a lot about the curriculum of the program but i’m happy to answer those questions offline if you do have them but instead of what i really want to focus on and what makes our program kind of unique and different from the other programs and i think without question you know the number one difference is the team-based learning nature of this program so you are just to give you some background information put into a team of six or seven people and you will work with that team uh over the course of the program uh completing projects along the way uh taking on different roles in each project and and really working through uh your challenges and successes with your team um so uh maybe we’ll start with you yang i’d like to hear a little bit about your team experience can you tell me how how it unfolded and uh you know what what did you gain from that that experience oh i gained a lot and i i love my team you know we always talk to talk about teams and then for um you know all of you who have interest to join this um to join this program you’re definitely a leader already but this team it is so different and powerful the reason it is they all have the similar background with you they are already the leaders right so um yes we learn a lot from the course but everybody have different experience in the real life and different strategy you know just with the teamwork together and discussion like everybody learn from each other a lot and also of course the team power you know while we uh work on one project together like everybody work on their expertise on a strong side of course learning from each other for your own weakness and that is another progress to um improve ourselves i i learned a lot from my team and um and um besides besides that of course you know um like that that is your brand in the future so um it’s it’s great experience i love it that’s great and how about you sunday can you take us through yeah exactly right the uh the team based approach is so fundamental right um you know i i must stress that you know collaboration is key that you cannot get through this program if you’re not collaborating most of i would say if i would were to average all my assignments i think for every course half of them were team based half of them were individual and the ratio kind of varies so that’s a big portion so when you are submitting or doing a team based assignment it’s not just your grades your teammates are dependent on you and by by just being in a team environment there’s so many learnings to to you know pick from which is how do we assign the workload right um there’s proper structure in a format that the university provides you also get assistance from team coaches depending on what the program that you assign so there’s a proper template for for instance you know who becomes the team lead right so we treat every assignment like a mini project is a project manager assigned as a scheduler someone who keeps takes meeting minutes we have a scribe so practicing just doing your assignments as if they were real life projects there’s so much to learn from it right time management how do you collaborate um is contention good contention right how do we do this assignment you know do we go in this direction or do we go in that direction and and you know the most beneficial was the varied background as as yang pointed out you know i was fortunate enough that everyone in my team were from different backgrounds we had some from engineering we had an accountant we had an entrepreneur who was also an olympian um he had someone who was a cfo all right i came back i came from iit in an engineering background by by just discussing projects and just seeing the different viewpoint there’s so much that you learn that is above and beyond the course material or what the professors can get to you so i really value that and that was one reason why i chose this program as well the team based yes it is challenging right um it’s not you know when you do your individual projects yeah you can work at your own pace right okay i’m going to do it this way but when you work in a team-based environment um the challenges are that you know you are accountable for your own piece plus your teammates are relying on you right to learn from you your grades are at stake as well so definitely that is something that i i you know value the most the opportunity to work in a team-based environment and you are in the same team from the very beginning till the end and you know i can i can vouch for that that you know my teammates and i would be friends for for life right by having spent you know what 17 18 months together um so i’ve definitely you know i have i have many positive things to say about the team-based learning environment and that’s great people often ask why do we focus on the team so much and i think we you know we hear again and again from graduates like yourselves or people who have been out of the program for a few years when i when i ask them what do you remember about the program the most or what do you take away the most and they always almost always every one of them says it’s the team based learning that is really the most um you know additive or the most beneficial skill to come in because they recognize different roles in teams they recognize how to how to work with other people and they learn they learn kind of their strengths and their weaknesses and how to apply it in into into future team teamwork which is really valuable to the companies and beyond the alumni feedback that we receive our advisory board is always telling us that really what they’re looking for are team players and people who can dynamically shift from project to project and to work with new people and to get things done and that that really is probably the future of work even more so now in this kind of covet era where we’re all working from home and we’re all trying to meet people and work virtually i think the team-based uh part of our program becomes even greater benefit yeah i also want to add right the team-based environment it gives you a safe environment to try as if you’re running projects for real life right not everyone is accustomed to running projects right because we have a deadline right yeah we don’t have a budget but you have a deadline right the assignment has to be submitted you know by a certain date there are no exceptions right you have to commit to that how do we balance the workload you know what if your teammates have problems they’re falling behind who jumps in how do you make sure we are on track right um how do we and then we took turns in different roles so i wasn’t just the pm all the time right we divvied up the work that you know you know all the assignments everyone got an opportunity to be the pm right and then when i say you are the pm you know you kind of define you know who’s going to do what you would follow up right you give deadlines to your teammates and this is a safe environment right you can practice your skills you can learn you can fail right and and this is a valuable skill set right which is desired you know can you run projects yeah leadership is one thing but if you if you can’t run projects right um it doesn’t really matter if you’re a good leader because then you’re not that you know that would have an impact on your top line and the bottom line as well so i think just wanted to add that as well that you know don’t get pressurized by it it’s more of a safe environment where you get to practice and learn and you know really sharpen your skills especially time management yeah i definitely yeah i definitely agree because definitely that abc experience we have like what i said we all have team but uh i mean the work team it is so different than the than the emba team because like you know the way even though right now i back to work and um still like you know the the the team team work we have in the emba like it is just um sometimes the team norm when we set up in the emba reflecting my leadership in my current back to the company um as like you know subjects shared like you know the team work in the emba program it is a safe environment where you can make mistake and that is all the value the point and then so um in the real life one um when you practice into it and then um you won’t like you know because of that risk in your trade and then to make some the real benefit loss i would say so um truly that the leadership done the team management that it is definitely a daily skill set up when we have them team learning together right um so you know one of the great things about the um teamwork is that we also have boardrooms and so i’m going to talk a little bit about the boredom environment and this is this is something that we are back to so just for everybody on the call we do have our boardrooms in vancouver edmonton and calgary open uh right now the under the restrictions we are unable to open up in ontario and quebec uh yet but we are expecting that will be open up again uh very soon um so the exciting thing one of the exciting things about this boredom environment is it allows us to bring people from all across the country and in the americas program all across north and south america into the same cohort and so traditionally executive mbas are designed around the city and then naturally you have concentrations of industry in each city and so traditional executive mba programs are very good at attracting people from you know a select few industries in each city so you think about calgary for example oil and gas is a very big area so there’s the you know local executive mba programs have a lot of concentration in oil and gas the benefit of this delivery mode that we do here is we can access um the industries from all across the country so you have you know oil and gas engineers of course from from calgary and houston but you also would have software developers from silicon valley and vancouver you have bankers from boston new york and toronto government people from ottawa and edmonton and it just brings an incredible amount of diversity into the program and i think i really do believe that this program is probably the most diverse these programs are probably the most diverse executive mbas there are in canada and i’d like to just hear a little bit of your feedback sandeep and yang i know both of you were impacted by covet and had to kind of leave the boardrooms but i’m wondering if you could just talk a little bit about the technology and about what it looks like on the weekends when you’re doing uh your your boardroom weekends let’s start with sandeep this time we’ll go to yang after yeah sure so um as charles mentioned you get assigned to a team first and then this team has a dedicated boardroom assigned in the nearest city right so you know i live in burlington i got assigned to the mississauga team there were two teams so there’s a proper i guess queens has rented out a facility near the square one mall so we had a boardroom an actual boardroom style room dedicated to us and we leveraged technology what i mean by that is we have like live cameras that can zoom in and pan and we have two large screens where on one screen i think it’s like a 55 inch or 16 inch tv right you can see the professor live you know the camera is zoomed in on him on the other screen you’re looking at the slides or any other material that the professor is using and it’s a live interaction with the professor the profes the professors are either in you know in a in a studio like right either in cornell or queens or elsewhere you know doing the lecture live and then all these teams are sitting in dedicated boat rooms and we are looking at you know at the screens we also get a web-based system where you know we log into it from our laptops where we can raise our hands we can answer pop quizzes or surveys as the lecture’s progressing so for example the professor you know wants to do a quick survey so he posts the survey and we can see the results right away right because you would say yeah yes no or you know select options a b c whatever the case b so this everything is done in unison and it’s seamless right it actually i found it more beneficial because they were sometimes you know the lectures going on live and you know there’s an interesting topic where the teammates you know just put ourselves in mute and we were discussing that quickly as well like should we ask the professor to explain more or does that make sense and obviously the whole structure is is designed in such a way you get brakes um you know technology is easy to use the sound is clear you know i’m just giving you all the details i never saw any any lag it’s you could see the professor’s crystal clear and then you could also see other teams interacting so if the professor is asked a question and then let’s say you know someone from my team is answering the whole focus the camera is automatically in on us right so you get to see others as well face to face right um so this way we were all familiar with everyone’s names you know what teams they come from what cities they come from um it actually felt you know as if you’re sitting in an actual classroom but it being virtual now coming over to covet you know so halfway through what happened was you know we could not access our boardroom so we got an individual zoom session or a zoom link exclusively for our teams so we were logged in right now the way we are logged in right now right we see the professor live and we continue interacting so i would say for me for the class of 2021 you know halfway through we had the boardroom experience but the other half was purely zoom based and i think uh you know that yang add more as well how her experience was with the boardroom style mainly i spent my time in the ottawa ballroom and the ottawa war room you know we are in the same building um same building same floor but different tower with um justin trudeau’s group you know that it is a fancy environment we’re at absolutely as somebody said like you know school provided us um a beautiful big board room in ottawa actually we have two boardroom um room as the classroom so actually in our ottawa location we could have two different class you know um join in different program at the same time so in board room we have everything we have um you know um as shepherd already shared the big tv and then the speaker and then we do it like you know when the queen 19 hit i heard a lot of school they have challenged four different programs and um and all from different level but like when i think about our emba and never worries about it there won’t be any bears because we are already like you know process this virtual learning way like um all over the country including um the the us so what the communication it is always in time life in time and we have the um the route the same time room time there’s no time delay i call with communication with um professor same exactly same as when you in the classroom when you want to do hands up like a professor can see you right away and then when you want to do communication as um sort of just shared we commute ourselves to have a smaller you know group chat right away and then everybody back to the room exactly experience as when we um you know getting back together in school and then the other thing i really love eps before kawaii 19 my police work also i travel a lot um so when you travel to different locations right so you can let our director know like our professor know and then all the classmates going to welcome you um to different classrooms so i went to um restaurant classroom couple times and um and then like you know everywhere like like will welcome you like even though you travel that’s that’s not a challenge and um if for some specific reason we’re right now kawaii 19 um you have to stay at home and um also that is um like you know no um challenge i know like during my time even though our our courses are not including 19 situation but at that moment you know we have classmates have to be on vacation they booked the trip for the whole family already but still nowhere sitting on the beach you can also enjoy them you know um the the class like you won’t miss anything so the technology um right now many companies they are trying to um upgrade their technology to um to make the process make the program happening smoothly during kobe 19 but for our emba we’ve already set it up for many years and which it is amazing that’s great actually it’s you know this program has been around the americas program this is the 16th year and the national program i believe is that it’s the 20 uh first year so yes we’ve been ahead of the curve on this for a long time which is which is good from a technology perspective um i’m just going to jump ahead to some specifics about the national program and the americas program so that we have time to ask questions to san diego as we get toward the end so the national program is 16 months long and you can take it from anywhere in canada there are three on-campus sessions so we do have residential sessions and just to give you an overview we do the residential sessions and then you go to the boardroom locations on the weekend where you do the boardroom connections like we just described we have individual and team projects in this in this program as well as an international elective that you can take in the program now so overall this is the schedule that we have for this year please note that these dates are for 2021 so they will change for the next year but you can again see in august you have your opening session we would anticipate that by next year this time you’ll be coming to kingston for two weeks and you do your opening session and then you would do the res the um video conferencing sessions on the weekends you can see approximately every other weekend so it’s all day friday half day saturday in the national program there’s another residential session in february and one in october for the americas program this is a dual degree program so you will graduate from cornell university and from queens university so when you when you finish this program you actually have two graduation ceremonies two diplomas you’re fully enrolled in both universities which gives you the benefit of both uh both schools services so career services for example and uh that we have incubators we have support services on both both campuses as well you get a bit more broader american experience with this program because we have all the locations in the united states as well as locations in mexico chile and peru we have about 21 boardrooms in the in the americas program it’s a little bit longer about 17 months long but very similar structure as you can see we have an opening session at the end of june where we would spend half our time in ithaca at cornell and half the time here in kingston and then we do our boardroom sessions all day saturday half day sunday and then in december we have a session in toronto it’s a residential session in toronto um and then in may april or may depending on the time of the of the year we have a session in new york city and then we do more residential set more video conferencing sessions and then finally we wrap it up in november in kingston and ithaca again so there’s four residential sessions in this uh program versus three in the national program the number of days are approximately the same we just spread it out a little bit more in the americas program um these are the prices that for the cohort that just started this year so 96 800 for the national program 100 and approximately 147 000 for the americas program we do anticipate these prices will change again for the class of 2024. um typically our pricing is confirmed around mid-september so happy to kind of give you more clarity around that uh toward the middle of september a portion of the cornell queen’s uh tuition is paid in u.s dollars so there is currency fluctuation i just want to note that it can go up and down depending on the on the currency exchange rate we have a lot of detail about financing and so um maybe we’ll save that for a separate webinar and also some feedback from our team but please do reach out to us if you have questions about how students finance these programs and we’re happy to provide you with more information about that at this point i’d just like to introduce lauren uh zylstra for a moment before we get to some more questions and she can talk a little bit about the application process thanks charles hello everyone and nice to see some some questions rolling in throughout the presentation as charles mentioned i’m the application advertiser for both of our executive mba programs so either one i would be working with you throughout the application process so essentially what my role is is to take you from point a to hopefully getting you enrolled into the program and so how we get started on an application i know that’s often a question is sort of how do i even get started with this and that’s through what’s called a preliminary assessment which you’ll see kind of listed there preliminary assessment is essentially i’m looking at your resume and hopefully your transcripts if you have them a resume to start is great just make sure you meet those kind of initial requirements for an executive mba program so things like management experience and education experience are really what we’ll be looking for and then of course your kind of career progression and your professional experience um management experience of course is going to look different for everybody depending on what industry and background you come from and that’s why we have that preliminary assessment to have those initial conversations with you and to really get an idea of um your goals and and what you’ve been doing professionally so far so once we go through the preliminary assessment we’ll then go into your your application as a whole and that’s really just submitting most of the deliverables straight to me so you’re working with me back and forth until you’ve completed your application and i’ll let you know what exactly is required for that formal application process when we get to that point so i know that’s often a question do i need to take the gmat and things like that and i’ll let you know if you need to take any additional assessments just while we’re here we actually don’t use the gmat so you wouldn’t be looking at the gmat anyway um but i’ll let you know if you do need any additional assessments like the executive assessment if you’re applying for the national program um so yeah we’ll go through that and hopefully get you you know enrolled into the program and you will have a chance to meet with the program directors either gloria or charles depending on which program you’re applying for and you’ll have an interview view with them and that’s usually the final step um so i know these are kind of the main questions um what are deadlines when can i start to apply so we have one intake a year for each program which i think charles mentioned so we are um open for applications for the june or august of 2022 so if you’re wanting to start now i recommend that you do the sooner the better is always great we’re actively interviewing and accepting applications so i will be following up with everybody on this call and to kind of open up that line of communication and hopefully start some preliminary assessments so hopefully i’ll be chatting with with some of you very soon great thanks lauren that’s great um so just to just to be clear there’s no application fee or anything like that so i would encourage you just to reach out to lauren if you’re wondering about your suitability for the program and lauren be happy to to provide you with more information we have a number of questions coming in san diego so i’m going to i’m going to get to those pretty quickly if we can i’ll start off with um with one that i see from martina here and well sandeep you answered the questions it says even better that’s great so i martina if we didn’t answer your questions uh let us know and we will follow up with you after um my classroom uh 78 i think we got 78 students for the emba program 78 students for the national program okay i think this year we actually had a bumper year so we had 175 in the americas program and i think there was 86 or almost 90 in the in the national program so those are those are basically the maximum number of students that we can accept into the program every year and uh the questions are they equally competitive i would say yes they are they are equally competitive to get into um you know i think lauren can give you more information about that uh based on your um your skill set and then uh jawad has a question about what’s the difference between the national americas program the fundamental difference between the national and the americas program is the americas program is a dual degree program thanks sandeep with uh cornell and queens and so what we see with that the people who are drawn to the national to the americas program are generally people who are interested in the united states so they have some connection to the united states so maybe they work for an american company in canada or they work for a canadian company that’s operating in the united states or they have some some experience in moving there to um and wanting to move to the u.s to to do some work there and two separate degrees perfect sandy you’re great and i also like your the composition of your cohort right it’s obvious but the national program you’re looking at you know fellow canadians yeah but uh in my cohort you know i would say i think they were what charles 45 from canada the rest 120 30 were from other countries primarily the u.s yeah across all major cities you know boston new york san francisco [Music] and then we had um i think two teams from mexico we had chile peru yeah i think one or two folks from chile but a team from peru as well so it’s literally focused on north america yeah that’s right yeah exactly focus on north america everybody is living and working in in in north america um for our program in north america and for the national program in canada i think one question we often get about is the international makeup for the program so it would appear because all of our students are living and working in canada or in north america and south america that it is not a global program but i want to say that we have global relationships across the world so just because they’re living and working in canada doesn’t mean that they are necessarily born and has spent their whole career working in in canada in the united states they we have many students who have been working overseas and moved back to canada united states to work or have have been stationed overseas i i have to say that the diaspora the connections that are there our students have all over the world is incredible like it’s very difficult to have 20 or 25 countries citizens represented in these programs i don’t know if you’d like to comment about that yang and sandeep but maybe maybe you know just to talk about kind of like the broadness of the network as well well definitely yeah so um definitely um like in our class because we’re in mba so it is national white like major um of the group we um we were working in canada and the most of the project like you know also like our job also in canada but uh we also have um the entrepreneur the business owner we also have um we also have the project manager you know running the market in both canada and united states and for the group consulting project actually we were working with the company in italy and then by the way for um for the team project um like you know from school the program itself like we definitely have to choose a country a company outside north american and then the school also provides a lease for us to help the community so i definitely agree with our school the reputation we have the global connection definitely there and then after graduation even though after graduation we we were in pandemic and um and then it seems that limited like you know um some opportunities for our classmates change their career but we did receive you know the great news from our classmates i think two of our classmates went to another country for different opportunities yeah north american uh also north american so um which is a fantastic thing and um and then um we we also have um addition program i think in um i think in different locations um this year unfortunately the the trip to shanghai our uh queen’s university in shanghai in being council northern council should be rescheduled we still could have that opportunity after but this it is all the international connection um school has and provide opportunity for us if we want to be now part of it great yeah and uh um i had similar experiences as well that’s as it’s evidence right you have your cohort is from different countries in the americas program that is you get a different perspective right uh business businesses conducted differently in different countries um i even observed for instance some of the courses right it touches on the global aspect as well so for instance negotiation classes right that kind of you know some of the lectures took us into how negotiations are done in asia versus north america it’s completely different um same thing business strategy right we touched upon that marketing so we had the flavor the americas program the flavor was like how global business is conducted right that perspective um that you get from your classmates and also the professors and the course material was designed in such a way that it showcased that so i think it’s it’s your personal preference right which program suits your needs uh but there is a distinct difference as well right um the national versus the americas yeah exactly so i have a question here from uh from body and he’s asking about um the payback and the return so i think one one good source of information uh uh body about this is uh the financial times executive mba rankings so i’d encourage you to go and check that out if you go into those rankings you’ll see that the americas program in fact has the highest salary three years post graduation of any executive mba in canada um and that’s around 185 000 u.s if i remember correctly you can go and check the details of that typically we see about a 50 salary increase um two to three years after graduation um but you know i think students can evaluate their payback in a lot of different ways so maybe i’m just going to take this question more broadly and i i totally recognize that it’s about career advancement and getting more financial gain for a lot of students but uh in general i think students are often commenting about kind of there’s the productivity and and [Music] the self confidence i guess you know our two really big payback points as well maybe i’ll i’ll start with sandeep this time and say you know what how did you measure payback or how do you measure kind of the the success of completing the program correct a child so these they are tangible benefits and intangible right some of the benefits you can put a price tag right you can measure that by your salary increase your career growth changing position title uh or changing company etc that i think you can find metrics online and you know it is it is what it is the other intangible like you said charles is your self-confidence right you know more you understand more you cannot break better right your own skill sets are sharper you get a self-confidence um your colleagues admire you they have more respect for you right that’s something that i personally observe because this is a rigorous program right you need commitment right you need to be motivated as well so the and other things as i’ve alluded to earlier on is your networking opportunity right the connections that you make um other benefits you can think about is um you know if you are an aspiring entrepreneur or you are an entrepreneur you know access to um advice professors would be immense to you right um the other thing that i um the course material itself is something that i it’s hard to put a value on it the course material offered by cornell in queens is far superior than let’s say another university again this is hard to quantify right but you can gauge that by looking at the profiles of the professors right they’re the best in the industry some of them are recognized internationally so you can you can expect that the course material that they give you is is to the point what you need it is it is designed in such a way that you know it is meant for people in mid management positions aspiring to get into senior executive level positions right so these are things that are hard to quantify uh and then and hence you know you know me and yang are here to assist you with that and and i would definitely recommend factor those in when you think about cost right and which program to pick and what the cost is and what the roi is as they say you also have to factor in these other intangible benefits that’s great yang how about you how do you evaluate the success of your experience i i totally agree with them you know when you’re talking about a value you cannot only looking at the dollar amount of course that it that it is important and then um and um um like you know um separates that like you can go to the website to check the metrics and then um and then to see like how people they change and then including myself you know um after i graduate i’ve been promoted to a vice president position but before i was a resource manager and that is just my personal experience i mean that it is um of course as everybody said that is a tangible the but that for me it is not the most important you know the most important is the actually the intangible one so it is one mindsight and um it is the confidence as instead of also shared right so after you work out like successfully where to eat from the emba the confident you got it is um it is very different than what you experienced before because from this um program you know um the courses address that my primary purpose to join this program it is to open my mind side um it is to um make up the weakness i had before only work in the banking industry yes right now i still working in the banking industry but i’ve already have that mindset and background with the big um international you know we do have many courses linked with all different kind of projects we have um international tweet we have um negotiation marketing and also um you know for culture for internet global global business so uh and also one the the other part i really enjoy it is almost each course our professor going to invite guest speaker to join our class the guest speaker they are the ceo cipco director of the company so that value you know they share what it is happening at this moment you know in their life in their company it is incredible because you’re never going to have this information and experience you know by reading books by by listening from them in person so i feel that opportunity it is very valuable and also um you know when you um complete this program itself meanwhile you also running your business and then doing your job and um balance um you know the family also gave give um others like for example you are executive leaders um you know they’re confident that like how much you can handle like your project even though one day like thinking about new project a new opportunity for you you never do before that’s that’s how people they evaluate you not only by title but but but when you um you don’t have that title um you earn it right so that it is in tangible value i um you know i didn’t and um the network um again you know from the classmates from the luminaire so right now we still have the whatsapp whenever like you know we will see the message from different from a different classmates you know i have this program who has some information i have this opportunity who has interests right so i’m going to another city you know open another consulting forum who can help you know this kind of value it is lifetime and it is really hard to evaluate by dollar amount that’s great okay well i recognize we’re running out of time we have a hard stop at four um so we have about two minutes left and i’m going to just ask each of you to give one piece of advice to the people on the call and if you can think back about when you were when you were searching out the executive mbas you know what’s the piece of advice that you would like to give yourself um all those years ago let’s start with you sandy because i know you have to jump off really quickly yeah so i would say um time management right you need to be motivated you really need to do this um it can be done the program is designed perfectly it accommodates you working full-time taking care of your family and other things so that is that is not the problem it is just you need to be committed that yes this is what i want to do and you’ll have a great time and the only thing my advice is you know time management so just to give a brief you know my wife had a kid and i was just got into the program i have a nine-year-old and a two and a half year old um you know there are other life events that occurred the pandemic my dad got sick everything was manageable and and i can vouch for my other classmates as well there’s a lot going in our personal lives everyone was able to manage it but the key thing is you need to be motivated from within right you are and if you are you’re going to do great awesome how about you yank do you have any uh piece of a piece of advice for these uh tennis well never limited yourself like you know accept the challenge and also uh stay with your goal i would say like you know as we said like life change time change pandemic family and careers may be um not as same as like you know what you thought i before but like take the challenge and then um always keep your goal high and then just go for it and um of course you know talk about the way you handling everything together time management i agree with you said management that’s super important yeah that’s great okay well i’ll just take a moment to wrap up thanks so much sandeep and yang for joining today we really appreciate it i know you’ve provided a lot of great feedback for the candidates on the call today and i’m sure they really appreciated it everybody we will follow up with you soon uh through uh follow up and uh that’s it for today thank you very much have a great day thank you everyone
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