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The Fuqua Culture

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The Fuqua School of Business was founded in 1968. In 1980, J.B. Fuqua, Atlanta entrepreneur and philanthropist, provided a leadership gift that launched the school into national prominence. Since then, no other business school has come so far so fast. By 1986, the School was a top ten business school. Since then, the School has launched two new MBA programs that utilize a new model of "space" and "place" where students learn both in a classroom setting and over the Internet. It also pioneered the development of customized executive education programs that have helped such firms as Ford, AAB, and Siemens transform their corporations to better compete in today's global economy.

In addition to designing innovative educational programs, the School is also known for its collaborative approach to research and education. Much of the research conducted by the faculty is joint and teamwork is an integral part of the learning experience in the MBA and Executive Education programs. This entrepreneurial and collaborative atmosphere has helped Fuqua take a leadership role, both in education and research. The Fuqua School consistently earns high rankings in various surveys of MBA and executive education. Fuqua has risen to No. 5 on Business Week's list of the best graduate schools of business in the United States, up from its No. 7 ranking in the last survey in 1998 and No. 11 in 1996. Released online September 21, 2000 and in its printed magazine version with a cover date of Oct. 2, the survey cited Fuqua's popularity with corporate recruiters and high ratings by its MBA students as chief reasons for the higher ranking. Business Week said: "The Durham (N.C.) school has taken the B-school world by storm, climbing six spots since 1994 with steady improvements to its program and brand. The school also got a small boost from our intellectual capital ranking. Grads gave its placement office the highest score in the surveys while recruiters lauded the school's program as the most improved." For more information, see http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/00/

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Research at Fuqua
Since its inception, the Fuqua School of Business has been committed to excellence in research, consistent with the vision of Duke University. Fuqua's faculty members are leaders in their fields and regularly receive top awards and honors for their research contributions and professional service. Business Week's 2000 survey of the best graduate schools of business ranked Fuqua #1 in "intellectual capital", i.e., research productivity per capita. The school is known for its "open door" research environment and inter-departmental synergy.  The new Magat Academic Center, which houses faculty offices and seminar rooms, was designed to facilitate research interactions among the faculty. The offices are laid out on three adjacent floors of a U-shaped building surrounding a central courtyard, so that a colleague's office is usually a short stroll down the hall or up or down one floor. The corridors are open and airy with spectacular outdoor views, and the building has many conference rooms and alcoves for impromptu meetings. Additional space has also been provided to support an expansion of our highly successful Ph.D. program. Library and database facilities at Fuqua are excellent: the Fuqua library has an extensive working collection of journals and monographs and is also connected to the major research libraries at Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University.

Fuqua's Innovative Educational Programs
Nearly all teaching at the Fuqua School is at the graduate or executive-education levels.  Our flagship degree program is the "Duke MBA," which is offered in four versions:  the Daytime program, the Weekend Executive program, the Global Executive program, and the Cross-Continent program.   We also support a highly regarded Ph.D. program that has an excellent record of placing its graduates in top academic departments.    The continuing growth and success of our educational programs is largely driving our need for additional faculty.  Their diverse formats provide many options for faculty to efficiently balance their teaching and research activities. 

The Daytime program is a traditional 2-year residential MBA program.  In 1991, the structure of the Daytime program was completely revamped in path-breaking fashion to meet students' needs for tailoring their education to the demands of a rapidly changing global business environment.   The academic year is divided into four seven-week "terms," two per semester, with week-long "integrated learning options" at the start of each semester.  A Daytime MBA course is therefore seven weeks long:  6 weeks of regular classes followed by a week of study and exams.   A typical teaching load for a tenure-track faculty member consists of four course sections per year, with junior faculty having a reduced load in their first few years: 17 course sections over five years. The modal teaching load is 72 contact hours per year with the maximum being 96 contact hours per year (4 course sections x 12 lectures x 2 hours per lecture). Many faculty members are therefore able to compress all of their teaching for the year into one or two seven-week terms-e.g., three sections of the same course in one term, or two sections each of two courses in consecutive terms-leaving the remainder of the year wide open for research.

The Weekend (WEMBA) program is a 20-month program for working, mid-level managers who travel to Fuqua every other weekend and take classes all day on Friday and Saturday.  This program draws students from all over the Eastern U.S.   Each term lasts for about three months:  six teaching weekends (at two-week intervals) followed by an exam weekend. Thus, one week in the Daytime program corresponds to one weekend in the WEMBA program, and their core courses have very similar syllabi.

The widely acclaimed Global Executive (GEMBA) program was launched in 1996 to make an MBA degree available to higher-level managers with global responsibilities and more demanding schedules.   The curriculum is structured in five terms, with three or four courses per term.   Each term consists of an intensive  two- to three-week residency period in one of several worldwide locations (Europe, Asia, and South America as well as the U.S.) followed by 10-12 weeks of distance learning via our unique web-based instructional platform.

Our newest degree program is the just-launched Cross-Continent program (CCMBA) whose structure is somewhat similar to GEMBA, except that it is intended for younger managers and the curriculum is organized into eight terms with two or three courses per term.  Residency periods are one week long, followed by six weeks of distance learning, and are currently held in two locations-our Durham campus and our new international campus in Frankfurt, Germany-with plans for expansion to other locations in the coming years.

Fuqua's approach to executive education involves a collaborative learning environment. We continually strive to deliver value and relevance to all our programs by offering each participants a world-class education with top-rated course material's and award-winning faculty. By using real-life situations that our participant's face on a daily basis and having participants work as a team to develop management tools and solutions, individuals leave with new skills and problem-solving techniques to take back to their firms and implement immediately.

The Fuqua Campus

The West Keller Building at
The Fuqua School
The Fuqua campus is modern and spacious, nestled in the beautiful pine forests of central North Carolina, in the heart of America's dynamic Sunbelt region. The mild climate is ideal for outdoor activities virtually all year round. Durham and its neighbors Chapel Hill and Raleigh regularly appear on many "best of" lists that rank U.S. cities for quality of life.

Fuqua's facilities are among the finest in business education, providing an excellent learning environment and state-of-the-art technology. We moved to our present location on Duke University's West Campus in 1983. In 1996, the East Wing of the Fuqua complex was named in honor of Thomas F. Keller, who served as the School's Dean for 22 years, from 1974 until 1996. 

The Keller Center's 40,000-square-foot east wing houses the MBA program, with six auditorium-style classrooms, six seminar rooms, 30 smaller team rooms for group study, and the Harold Geneen Auditorium for school-wide presentations and guest speakers. The building also houses administrative offices, a student lounge, computer laboratories, a snack bar, and the Fuqua Library.

The Magat Academic Center at
The Fuqua School
An expansion to Fuqua's West Wing named the Wesley A. Magat Academic Center opened in 1999. The West Wing and Academic Center contain faculty and Ph.D. offices, seminar and conference rooms, administrative offices, and the RJR Auditorium.

The R. David Thomas Center, which opened in 1989, is home to many of our Executive Education programs. The Thomas Center houses classrooms and conference facilities, a dining room, an exercise room, and accommodations with phones, TVs, and computer connections. 

Exterior View (rendering) of the
Fox Student Center

Interior View (rendering) of the
Fox Student Center
Construction on the Lafe D. and Rita D. Fox Student Center began in January of 2001. The new 48,100 square foot center will feature a spacious indoor winter garden area, outdoor terraces, changing rooms with lockers and showers, a student communications center, additional office space, food kiosks, and many different types of lounges and dining areas. The Fox Student Center is scheduled for completion in 2002.

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