Thunderbird school moving to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus

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The Thunderbird School of Global Management will be moving to Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus, the university announced Tuesday.

The school, currently located in Glendale, will move into an interim space in downtown by the end of January 2019 and then into a new building in 2021. The new building will be located directly south of the Beus Center for Law and Society on Polk Street between First and Second streets.

Thunderbird primarily offers graduate degrees and certificates as well as executive education in international business and related topics. The school merged with ASU in December 2014, integrating the two school’s graduate degrees and giving Thunderbird students access to the same resources as ASU students.

ASU now hopes to integrate the Thunderbird school with the community and business resources of downtown Phoenix, the university said in a statement.

“Locating Thunderbird with other ASU schools and departments on the Downtown Phoenix campus will provide greater community embeddedness and enhanced resources for Thunderbird students and faculty,” ASU President Michael Crow said in a statement from the university. “This move also brings Thunderbird closer to other university schools and departments and to the private- and public-sector forces in downtown Phoenix that are engaged in international business and non-profit organizational activity.”

The university also said this move gives Thunderbird the opportunity to review curriculum and create new interdisciplinary opportunities with the degrees and programs on the Downtown Campus. This includes plans to launch a new model for Thunderbird’s executive education programs to further link them with other ASU colleges including journalism, health solutions and public service and community solutions.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Thunderbird to broaden its mission and have an even greater impact on students and the businesses and organizations with which the school partners,” CEO and Director General of Thunderbird Allen Morrison said in a statement.

Thunderbird will join six other ASU colleges headquartered in downtown Phoenix, as a part of several recent expansion efforts by ASU.

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Most recently, the Beus Center for Law and Society opened in August 2016 to complete the transition of the Sandra Day O’Conner School of Law from the Tempe campus to the Downtown Phoenix Campus.

ASU also plans to bolster its existing health and medical programs downtown as part of its plan to expand the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, with the first phase set to open in 2019.

Early draft plans for the Biomedical expansion project include a lab building and several other spaces to create a multidisciplinary medical innovation area, located between Garfield, Fourth and Sixth streets north of Fillmore.

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