University of Vermont Replaces Traditional MBA with Sustainable Entrepreneurship Program

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Future business leaders need to understand and engage with corporate sustainability issues at an early stage. Bringing sustainable learning to the core of business education is vital to ensuring that sustainability becomes the norm in the way companies think and perform. Business schools are in a strong position to cultivate leaders who can build sustainable economic value and create companies that contribute positively to the local and global communities.

The University of Vermont has launched its newest accredited program called the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) Program which replaces its former standard MBA degrees. According to the university, the SEMBA program will train business leaders to focus on more than just the bottom line, and employ sustainable resources and business models to build a better planet. The university believes that by shifting the focus on responsible business leadership, it will generate a new breed of entrepreneurs who are in high demand across the country.

The SEMBA Program is based on five principles, namely: to prepare a new breed of entrepreneurs to shape the future of sustainable global business; to deliver a full MBA toolkit to prepare students to create sustainable and profitable business opportunities; to deliver a program focused 100 percent on sustainable entrepreneurship; to accelerate the return to a successful career; and to provide a hands-on, experiential learning with companies and entrepreneurs worldwide.

The program will focus on the "Triple Bottom Line" approach of Profit-People-Planet. It is designed for completion in 12 months by students who already have three to five years of professional experience. The program will enable students to recognize that both financial and social benefits can be generated through sustainable business models.

The UVM has more than 9,000 undergraduates, 1,000 graduate students, 459 medical students and 1,364 full- and part-time faculty. The university is currently accepting candidates nationwide for the SEMBA program.

Source: iSchoolGuide

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