From Herat to Haas, Afghan MBA Student Creates a New Life

Sal Parsa, MBA 18, once believed his destiny was to become a tailor, or a mechanic.

Born in Afghanistan and raised during Taliban rule to a family without much education, Parsa didn’t have many options. By age twelve, he was going to school half the day and working the other half sewing clothes.

That would have been his future, too. But then something happened: the Americans arrived in his hometown of Herat.

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MBA Student Perspective: Choosing a Graduate Degree to Maximize my social Impact

As I began thinking about graduate school, I knew I wanted to choose a program that would help me combine my two passions: entrepreneurship and international migration.

These two forces of creative disruption—driven by risk and ingenuity— seem to me to be the clearest and most hopeful forms of human agency. Yet for far too many of the 245 million people on the move today, constraints undermine their ability to secure their own futures. My ambition is to build a company that develops technology and data-driven solutions to help address emerging migration challenges.

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Design Thinking Goes Abroad

Berkeley MBA students now have another opportunity to experience business culture abroad, while polishing their consulting and design thinking skills at the same time.

This past spring, 30 full- and part-time MBA students from the Full-time and Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Programs traveled to the Netherlands to participate in Design Thinking for Business Innovation. The new course, says Kristiana Raube, executive director of the Haas School's International Business Development (IBD) program, "teaches students an interactive, dynamic approach to leading innovation, while fostering a deep understanding of one organization in an international setting.” 

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International Opportunities for Part-time MBAs at Berkeley-Haas

Nachiket (5th from l.) with his International Business Development Team with the Ghana staff of Reach for Change. 
 
Gaining international business knowledge firsthand is a goal for many Berkeley MBA students, and part-time students in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program are no exception.
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Lindo, Maravilhoso! Executive MBA Brazil Immersion Week

In mid August, 68 executive MBA students travelled to Brazil for an immersion week focused on entrepreneurship, multi-national corporations, and sports marketing—especially timely in a country focused on preparing to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Patrick Awuah and the Global Impact of the Berkeley MBA

In the Berkeley MBA Program, student projects can have lasting global impact. This was the case when work in the International Business Development (IBD) course fed into to creation of a transformational university in Africa.

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A Top-Ranked Part-Time MBA Program with Global Learning Opportunities

As the top-ranked part-time MBA program, we at Berkeley-Haas work hard to integrate global perspectives into our curriculum and community.

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International Opportunities in the Berkeley MBA Program

Guest Blogger: Betsy McCormick, MBA 2015 and Haas Student Ambassador

One of my Haas highlights is the number and quality of international opportunities I have had. Over 40% of students in the Berkeley MBA Program students hail from other countries, which is a tremendous boon in the classroom and enables us all to broaden our perspectives on the challenges facing business leaders today.

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EWMBA Summer IBD draws to a close

With the last team returning home earlier this morning, the first ever IBD session for Haas EWMBA comes to a close. For the past two weeks, five teams have been busy helping for-profits and non-profits with various challenges, across three continents and five countries. Along the way all twenty of us have had an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture of our host nations in ways few tourists can ever dream of doing. To read more about our experiences, check out the following blog posts:

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IBD Summer Pilot Program

Jambo! Konichiwa! Ni-Hao! Nomoshkar! Olá!

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