Executive Management Program To Be Launched in Turkey

University at Buffalo partners with SVG International Business Associates

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: January 2, 2004

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The School of Management at the University at Buffalo, and SVG International Business Associates are preparing to launch an executive management certificate program in Istanbul, Turkey.

The UB Executive Management Program (EMP) will be the first of its kind taught in Turkey by faculty members from a major U.S. public university. Key areas of instruction will be leadership, finance, marketing and strategy. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive an EMP certificate from the UB School of Management.

The inaugural EMP is scheduled for spring 2004 at the Moevenpick Hotel in Istanbul. The program will consist of two, four-day modules geared toward mid- to upper-level managers, business owners and professionals who are eager to learn new frameworks, skills and competencies in specific business areas.

Based on the success of the initial program, a second program will be scheduled for fall 2004 with a long-term plan of offering the EMP twice a year.

"We are very pleased to launch an executive management program in Turkey," said UB School of Management Dean John M. Thomas. "Turkey is an important emerging market in the world economy and we look forward to working with many Turkish companies and organizations in this new initiative."

Active in overseas programs for many years, the UB School of Management is noted for its pioneer MBA program in Dalian, China (1984-89), Executive MBA programs at Renmin University and Motorola University, both in Beijing, as well as an executive MBA program in Singapore. In addition, the UB School of Management also was one of the first U.S. business schools to assist the emerging economies of Central Europe in management education. For more information on the UB School of Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.

Partnering with UB to bring the program to Turkey is SVG International Business Associates of White Plains. UB School of Management alumnus Matt Yildizlar, B.S. '87, a senior partner at SVG, conceived the idea for the EMP. Yildizlar is on the Dean's Advisory Council for the School of Management and founder of the Yildizlar Foundation, which provides endowed scholarships to Turkish students so that they can earn a degree from UB, free of charge. SVG International Business Associates provides a bridge between the United States and Turkey for companies interested in starting or expanding business activity in either market. SVG works with clients to identify opportunities and to create strategies and implement them. For more about the company, visit http://www.starvg.com.

For more information on the UB Executive Management Program in Turkey, visit http://www.iiom.us.