John Molson School of Business partners with Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre to teach business to science grads
Left to right: Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Dean of the John Molson School of Business and Dr. Miguel Burnier, Associate Director, Clinical Research and Training, RI-MUHC
Concordia’s John Molson School of Business (JMSB) and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC ) have partnered to establish a program to provide business training to science graduate students and researchers. This new partnership – a first of its kind in North America – will open new doors for science graduates and represents an exciting new collaboration between the two institutions.
The business certificate, officially called the Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Business Administration program, was inaugurated in 2009 for researchers from across disciplines seeking graduate business training.
“In this day and age, science graduates with business knowledge can gain a competitive advantage,” says Miguel Burnier, Associate Director, Clinical Research and Training, RI-MUHC, who helped initiate the 2009 program that led to the partnership. “Whether their career path leads them to a job in academia, industry or government, basic business competencies are a valuable asset to complement scientific training.”
The program was custom-designed to incorporate aspects of marketing, finance and management of human resources and intellectual property to give graduates the skills they need to manage the business of science. It will consist of part-time evening classes taught over the course of one year. Fourteen students are already enrolled for the coming year.
“This initiative between JMSB and the RI MUHC is historic,” says Sanjay Sharma, Dean of the John Molson School of Business. “The JMSB learning experience is rich because of the focus on practical and applied learning. Students in the program will develop business knowledge and skills that are transferable across all industries.”
“The Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Business Administration programs were created to complement the skills of non-commerce students,” says Alan Hochstein, JMSB Associate Dean of Graduate and Diploma Programs and Director of the Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Business Administration. “The partnership between the two institutions reflects that synergy."
"To equip our trainees and professionals with the tools needed to succeed in today's result-oriented environment is one of our preoccupations as a major research and training institution,” says Vassilios Papadopoulos, Director of the Research Institute of the MUHC and Associate Executive Director for Research. “We believe that this program will help us achieve our goals."