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First group of Stamford EMBA students ready to graduate (Released: 5/13/96)

by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- After 21 months of juggling an intensive master's degree-level courseload with their daily business duties and family life, the first 27 executives to join the University of Connecticut's Stamford-based Executive Master of Business Administration program are ready to move on.

The group, which includes a physician and two lawyers, finished classes April 27. They will receive diplomas May 19 in Storrs with other master's degree and doctoral degree candidates from UConn's Storrs campus, as well as graduates of the Stamford and Hartford MBA programs. Another group of EMBA students, studying at the United Technologies Leadership Center in Farmington, also will receive diplomas during the event.

UConn began offering an EMBA at the UTC Leadership Center in 1990. The Stamford program began in September 1994. The program is designed to allow mid- to upper-level executives earn an MBA in far less time than a standard MBA program while continuing to work. The course structure brings the executives to the Farmington center or, in Stamford, to the UConn Graduate Center at 2777 Summer St., for two days of intense work on alternating Fridays and Saturdays. Tuition, which covers the entire 21 months, includes a laptop computer and a week-long trip to a foreign country, where the executives continue their studies and work with foreign companies, adding to the global component that is included in all EMBA courses. This year's graduating class spent a week in Lyons, France.

"We're very pleased to add the EMBA in Stamford as a complement to our evening MBA, which we've offered to Fairfield County residents for more than 30 years," said Thomas G. Gutteridge, dean of UConn's School of Business Administration. "It's an important component of the service we believe the region's business community needs and deserves."

Ines Hamlin, who coordinates the Stamford piece of the program, agreed. "These students, perhaps more than any other students at any other level, must remain focused and committed to their work because of the extraordinary balancing job they must do," she said. "The course work is rigorous and, because their classmates are all executives in the business field, and because so much of their work involves teamwork, they drive each other very hard."

A second class of Stamford-based EMBA students are on schedule to graduate next May, and are scheduled to visit Maastricht, The Netherlands, this summer. The third class begins its rigorous journey in August.

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