Mohamed Abdellatif didn’t plan to stay long.
“I came to Pittsburg State University in Summer 2012 for the International Mini-MBA program,” the Egypt native said. “I planned to take it in one month and then go back home.”
However, a long talk with PSU’s MBA program director Professor Michael Muoghalu convinced Abdellatif to make Pittsburg his home for a bit longer.
“I talked to Dr. Muoghalu, and he explained to me the benefits of studying at PSU, especially at the Kelce College of Business,” he said. “The college has strong accreditation, high-quality faculty and staff and affordable tuition. Therefore, I decided to study here.”
Abdellatif is one of the nearly 70 international students seeking a Master of Business Administration degree. Of the 121 MBA students in the Spring 2013 semester, 67 are citizens of somewhere other than the United States.
“This is a trend that we’ve seen grow over the past several years,” Muoghalu said. “We have a great international presence in our MBA program, and we are proud of and excited by the diversity that we see in the Kelce College of Business.”
And diversity there is. More than 20 countries are currently represented within the MBA program. China, at 15, has the largest representation , followed by nine students from Saudi Arabia, eight from India and seven from Nigeria. Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, France and Brazil also have multiple students.
Yu-Hsuan Chen, who hails from Taipei, Taiwan, said she chose PSU because of its quality business programs.
“I really wanted to be an exchange student at PSU when I was a college student in Taiwan,” she said, “but I never got the chance. My family was willing to support me to pursue a master’s in the U.S., and my first choice was PSU. I knew that the PSU business college had a good reputation.”
Muoghalu said the college’s “good reputation” is validated by its regular selection among the top business schools in the nation. The Princeton Review not only named the Kelce College of Business among the best 296 business schools in 2012, it also ranked the college as the fifth-most family friendly business college in the nation. In 2010, the Kelce College of Business was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the nation’s top 15 business schools.
“PSU is always ranked among the best 300 business schools in the world,” Muoghalu said.
Abdellatif, who serves as the MBA Association’s vice president of social relations, said meeting fellow students from different countries has been one of his favorite experiences as a PSU student.
“I have experienced things such as meeting with students from different countries,” he said. “We can share our cultures and become knowledgeable of several sides of life. We also are getting a background about the American culture.”
Muoghalu said diversity is important within a business school because of the ever-growing global marketplace.
“It’s important to understand different cultures and different human behaviors,” he said. “Students in the MBA program are aspiring to be leaders in their respective fields. Being exposed to different cultures helps them to better understand the world. You can’t be the leader of the free world if you don’t know who you’re leading.”