An Historic Step Forward in Business Education
A new $60 million facility will house the MBA and professional graduate programs of the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
An Historic Step Forward in Business EducationOctober 15, 2014
The Eli Broad College of Business is making a big, bold move to advance its programs. A new $60 million facility will house the MBA and professional graduate programs of the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. Dean Sanjay Gupta describes the proposed state-of-the-art Graduate Pavilion as the foundation for the Broad School’s ambitious effort to start from the ground up to reinvigorate its graduate programs. “We need to be able to have classrooms where technology is seamlessly assimilated with collaborative spaces. All of that cannot be done retrofitting our existing facilities,” Gupta says.
The Graduate Pavilion will build on the successes of the Broad School’s nationally recognized MBA and graduate programs. Gupta says maintaining high standards and achieving even greater success requires educating tomorrow’s business leaders with new approaches to learning.
The pavilion’s innovative facilities will deepen and intensify learning opportunities by providing the latest technology, collaborative learning spaces, and gathering spaces for networking and social interactions among employers, business professionals, and alumni.
“Living and learning are evolving in ways that we could not have imagined. This new facility will help us keep pace with transformations in graduate business education,” says Gupta.
State-of-the-art facilities are essential in the competition with other top schools for the finest students, as well as to give Broad the physical facilities it needs to launch groundbreaking initiatives in MBA and graduate education.
The new Graduate Pavilion will allow Broad to leverage its existing strengths, launch and augment new initiatives, and differentiate its program. Among the facility’s notable features are:
- Classrooms that combine technology with collaborative spaces,
- Data caves with video conferencing capabilities,
- Dedicated MBA recruiting space, and
- Places to gather for academic interactions, dining, and social activities.
These features will enable the Broad School to develop a robust integrative culture in its MBA program and strengthen relationships with corporations, employers, entrepreneurs, alumni, and leading-edge thinkers. It will also allow Broad to capitalize on its strong portfolio of professional Master’s programs in accounting, business analytics, finance, marketing research, and supply chain management.
The new Graduate Pavilion will be adjacent to the Business Building and Eppley Center and add an estimated 100,000 square feet for teaching and learning as well as offices for Broad’s MBA program and student groups. A significantly large portion of the facility’s space—more than 60 percent—will be used for instruction.
Gupta expects the Graduate Pavilion to become a catalyst of change, providing renewed energy to graduate business education at MSU and enhancing what it means to be a Spartan business graduate.