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    Duquesne Only Tri-State School in Top 20 of Aspen Institute Global Ranking

    Oct. 23, 2009

    MBA Program Ranked No. 2 Internationally Among Schools of Its Size

    Duquesne University has been ranked No. 2 worldwide among schools of its size and is the only school in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to be included in the top 20 schools ranked by the Aspen Institute for integrating social and environmental issues into its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.The University offers full- and part-time programs to meet the needs of students’ schedules and has doubled enrollment in its MBA Sustainability (SMBA) since it was launched three years ago.

    “We are honored to again be among the top schools acknowledged as trailblazers by the Aspen Institute,” said Dr. Alan R. Miciak, dean of the Donahue Graduate School of Business. “This recognition reflects the commitment Duquesne has made to ethics and social and environmental issues, which are central to the Aspen Institute rankings—and necessary for successful business practices in today’s climate. These practices align with the core values of Duquesne, and have been part of our curriculum since the school’s founding.”

    This year, business schools from 24 countries participated in an 18-month effort to map the landscape of teaching and research on issues pertaining to business and society.

    “In these challenging economic times, the general public, not just scholars, are questioning whether the established models of business are broken,” said Rich Leimsider, director of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education. “Beyond Grey Pinstripes schools are thoughtfully pursuing new approaches. They are preparing students who take a more holistic view of business success, one that measures financial results as well as social and environmental impacts.”

    Particularly with its SMBA program, Duquesne incorporates the bedrock elements of ethics and fiscal responsibility into a global-minded program with environmental and human capital considered part of a multi-dimensional bottom line. Study abroad, which has included experiences in India, Japan, China, Brazil, Germany and other countries, is intrinsic to the SMBA program. Sustainability topics are integrated into each course offering, and hands-on learning with local and international companies is part of the program.

    Information on Duquesne’s MBA programs, including the SMBA, is at

    The Global 100 list is available at

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