Thunderbird School of Global Management will be expanding to Kazakhstan this fall. The new office is focused on the growing market of oil and gas executives seeking more sophisticated business training. The Kazakhstan office is part of Thunderbird Worldwide, a professional development division of Thunderbird School of Global Management.
"The Kazakhstan office is considered a pilot project and is part of the school’s new strategy to expand the school’s impact in emerging markets. With this venture, the school hopes to build upon its familiarity with the region and carve out a niche for itself in a booming market," said Karl Theisen, Thunderbird’s Director of Global Expansion.
For the last 15 years, Thunderbird has been developing leaders through a training center in Russia where it provides both custom and open-enrollment business classes. Thunderbird Worldwide in Kazakhstan, will be using a similiar model providing Thunderbird content in this new location. Thunderbird expects to enroll between 2,500 and 3,000 students annually within the first two years, and are looking to continue to expand their locations around the globe.
As you may know, Thunderbird Online is part of Thunderbird Worldwide. Thunderbird Online, a professional development division of Thunderbird School of Global Management, provides online courses and executive certificates to busy professionals seeking to continue learning throughout their professional career. Thunderbird Online develops and delivers innovative continuing education programs designed specifically for working professionals looking to improve their marketability and gain a leading edge over their competition.
Thunderbird Online offers executive and professional development courses, and the school has made an effort to make the online program a more "engaging model," said Joe Patterson, Assistant Vice President & Executive Director of Thunderbird Online. In addition to students listening to video lectures, there are now multimedia learning activities, tools to monitor students' progress, and more robust discussion boards. So far, students from 23 countries are participating in the program, and the school is exploring partnerships with corporations, he said.