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JHU SAIS and INSEAD Offer Dual-Degree Program

April 19, 2011

Contact: Felisa Neuringer Klubes

JHU SAIS and INSEAD Offer Dual-Degree Program

Top graduate school of international relations and leading international business school provide unique opportunity for students to earn two degrees

Washington, D.C.; Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; Abu Dhabi; Fontainebleau, France; and Singapore—April 19, 2011—The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a top international relations graduate school, and INSEAD, the leading international business school, today announced an agreement to establish a dual-degree program. The new program will allow students from both schools to work toward completing the SAIS Master of Arts (M.A.) and INSEAD Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) simultaneously.

The INSEAD-SAIS Dual-Degree Program will prepare students for careers that combine international relations and business administration. Students admitted to both programs will be able to complete the two degrees in two and a half years, instead of three years required to complete the degrees separately—by spending one and a half years at SAIS and one year at INSEAD.

“We share a similar vision with SAIS to develop globally minded leaders in business and beyond,” said Dipak C. Jain, dean of INSEAD. “The INSEAD-SAIS Dual-Degree Program will truly prepare students for top careers that combine international relations and business administration and will be especially valuable for those who seek management responsibilities in international corporations, financial institutions, economic and development institutions, and government agencies.”

For students accepted to the INSEAD-SAIS Dual-Degree Program, SAIS will reduce the number of required courses from 16 to 12 in recognition of coursework taken at INSEAD. All graduation requirements must be completed within these 12 courses. Those completing the INSEAD M.B.A. must take five periods of coursework for a total of 23.5 courses, including 13 core courses and 10.5 elective courses. Students will spend one and a half years at SAIS and one year at INSEAD.

“SAIS is pleased to be part of this new relationship,” said SAIS Dean Jessica P. Einhorn. “It will be beneficial not only to participating dual-degree students—but to the SAIS community as a whole, as we add to the diversity of students and interests. We are confident that, with INSEAD as our partner, the students who pursue dual degrees will find that the whole is greater than the sum of such excellent parts, and doors will open for superb careers of international engagement.”

Participants may begin the program at either SAIS or INSEAD. At SAIS, students can start either in Washington, D.C., or Bologna, Italy, with the final (third) semester being in Washington. At INSEAD, students can start either in Fontainebleau or Singapore, and can thereafter exchange between the two campuses, as well as participate in exchanges with the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

“There is a clear need for students to have a sophisticated understanding of both international affairs and management issues in an increasingly complex and interdependent world,’ said Jake Cohen, dean of INSEAD’s MBA program. “The INSEAD-SAIS Dual Degree provides a unique international framework for students who envision global careers in a fast-changing world.”

Students in the SAIS M.A. program studying at the SAIS Washington, D.C., or Bologna campuses and students in the INSEAD M.B.A. program enrolled at the school’s Fontainebleau, France, or Singapore campuses will be eligible to participate in the dual- degree program.

Both INSEAD and SAIS will offer their career and student services to students participating in the dual-degree program. These services will be available from the time the student matriculates at either institution until completion of the program.

About SAIS
SAIS, a leading graduate school of international relations, is known for its interdisciplinary approach, where students concentrate in either a functional area of international relations or a region of the world while pursuing studies in economics and foreign languages. The school prepares its graduates with an arsenal of skills for a lifetime career in an increasingly complex world.

A division of Johns Hopkins University, SAIS’s campuses in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China, are home to nearly 1,000 students from more than 70 nations. In Washington, students gain access to the world’s most influential individuals and institutions—and unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning and career networking. Approximately half of all SAIS M.A. students spend their first year at the Bologna campus, receiving a European perspective on world affairs and a complementary context that broadens their education. SAIS’s center in China is a partnership between Johns Hopkins Hopkins and Nanjing University, where American and international students take the majority of their courses in Mandarin while Chinese students study mostly in English.

Founded in 1943, SAIS also offers the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP), a degree designed for mid-career professionals, and a Ph.D. degree. Master’s students also may choose from several dual-degree programs with top business, law, public health and public administration schools.

SAIS houses more than a dozen research centers that tap the expertise of the school’s world-class faculty while drawing on insights from outside scholars.

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About INSEAD, The Business School for the World
As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas from around the world to change lives and to transform organizations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our research and teaching.

With three campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Abu Dhabi, and a research center in Israel, INSEAD’s business education and research spans three continents. Our 145 renowned faculty members from 36 countries inspire more than 1,000 degree participants annually in our M.B.A., Executive M.B.A. and Ph.D. programs. In addition, more than 9,500 executives participate in INSEAD’s executive education programs each year.

In addition to INSEAD’s programs on our three campuses, the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance delivers M.B.A. and co-branded executive education programs on Wharton’s U.S. campuses in Philadelphia and San Francisco. In China, we award a joint Executive M.B.A. with Tsinghua University, and in Brazil, our executive education association with Fundação Dom Cabral has existed for 21 years.

Last year, INSEAD celebrated 50 years as a pioneer of international business education based in Europe. This year we celebrate another milestone in our history – the 10th anniversary of our Asia campus in Singapore.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to believe in conducting cutting-edge research and innovating across all our programs in order to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled us to become truly “The Business School for the World.”

More information about INSEAD can be found at


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