Welcome to the Center for Global Leadership


Per the centuries of quotes on the right of this page, others have expressed this same sentiment that serves as the foundation of our work at The Paul Merage School of Business Center for Global Leadership.


Our mission is: To promote international interactions among faculty, students, and executives that lead to the invention and exploitation of mutual and sustainable educational and commercial opportunities.

The Merage School of Business is a cosmopolitan community with a wealth of diversity and international assets to serve these purposes:


  • Our faculty members conduct research with colleagues in more than 30 countries on six continents.
  • 60% percent of our faculty members speak fluently a second language, including Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Near 70% percent of our doctoral students are from foreign countries.
  • Over 50% percent of our MBA students are from abroad.
  • 38 percent of freshmen and 59 percent of transfers indicate they were born outside of the United States. At least 50% are second-generational, speak a second language and travel extensively to the countries their parents immigrated from; languages spoken are Chinese, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese, Farsi (Iran), Hindi (India), Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu (Pakistan, India, etc.), and Vietnamese. 15% are international citizens.
  • We offer a comprehensive list of international business courses across programs.
  • Over 20% of our staff speak fluently at least one second language.
  • We have an array of Merage alumni with international experience and responsibilities.
  • A wonderful group of international executives serve on our Center Advisory Board.
  • A generous donor community supports international programs at the School.
  • An extensive list of commercial, governmental, and academic partners work with us on international ventures around the world.

Please join us in finding and exploiting new opportunities to build a better world. See how to help in the pages herein or contact the Center for Global Leadership at 949-824-8468 or email John Graham..

The relationship between the United States and China is, as always, both dynamic and difficult, and cannot be fully captured by the annual trade summary upon which the pundits and politicians often focus. Developed by Professor John Graham and his co-author Ben Liffel, the US-China Barometer 2017, helps shed some light on the whole story.



"The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it."
               John Locke, 1693

"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world."
               Alexander von Humboldt,

               circa 1800

"And what should they know of England who only England know?"
               Rudyard Kipling, 1891

"Management by walking around, outside."
               Peter Drucker, 1990


"You can't lead with your feet on the desk."
               Edwin Fuller, 2011