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Years after graduation, this Global Executive MBA class is still travelling together

When the Global Executive MBA class of 2016 met for their last residential module in Dubai, they were elated to be finishing up a very challenging 18-month program. At the same time, they were sad to see that their time travelling together was coming to an end.

“In those final days of the program, I think it really hit me. We had become so close. I couldn’t imagine not travelling regularly and checking in with my classmates,” explains Eva Baumgartner (GEMBA ’16).

The class got to work on a post-MBA plan that would help them maintain the sense of community and satisfy the appetite for lifelong learning that they had developed at Rotman.

“We weren’t interested in vacation-style trips together,” explains Baumgartner. “We started to think of ourselves as a global think tank. Everyone in the class can be counted on to bring expertise, ideas and advice to a problem any one of us is dealing with. The best way to build a system like this would be to keep furthering our education and travelling together.”

Since graduating in June 2016, the class has continued to meet every year for modules around the world that explore business design, world economies and sustainability, among other business topics.

Learn more about the group's story and what they've learned from one another.


Truly global, distinctly personal. Offered by two leading business schools, the Rotman-SDA Bocconi Global Executive MBA is a transformative program with a highly personalized focus on leadership development.

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