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Global Group Selects MBA Focused on Sustainability as Innovation Finalist

Duquesne University's MBA with a focus on sustainability has been selected as an international finalist for a 2015 Innovation Award from the MBA Roundtable, a global group of 160 business schools collaborating to advance curriculum innovation in MBA education.

Duquesne's revamped MBA sustainability curriculum has been recognized for innovation and collaboration in the sustainability consulting courses taught by Dr. Robert Sroufe, Murrin Chair in Global Competitiveness and the program's professor of sustainability and supply chain management; Diane Ramos, associate director of graduate programs and adjunct instructor of leadership and change management; Dr. Dorene Ciletti, assistant professor of marketing; and Dr. Ryan Luchs, associate professor of marketing.

Their integrated approach to cross-functional team teaching and research has encouraged students to link theory and practice in solving real-world challenges. In this action-learning curriculum, students apply learning from concurrently taught core courses and, across three semesters, provide problem-solving consultations for multi-national corporations, regional businesses, nonprofits and government organizations.

"Duquesne's full-time MBA sustainability students apply learning from across the curriculum to solve today's biggest challenges," said Dr. Karen Donovan, associate dean of graduate programs and executive education in Duquesne's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. "Through these live problem-solving experiences, students make a bottom-line impact for real world companies. The hallmark of our graduates' management success is rooted in these rich opportunities to tie theory and practice."

Among the other finalists are the University of California-Berkeley, Haas School of Business, the University of Houston, Downtown and the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. The Innovation Award recipient will be named at the MBA Roundtable's annual symposium being sponsored by the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 22-23.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.