THE American Graduate School of International Management has recently conferred the Master of International Management degree on 440 graduates. Among those graduating was Jones Ka Hung-leung of Hong Kong. The Master of International Management is attained by completing a 12-to 18-month programme of study in the three-part curriculum of international studies, language and world business at Thunderbird in Arizona, United States. The school has a reputation for equipping students to step immediately into the international business world with an understanding of international finance and trade, negotiating and bargaining, marketing, cross-cultural communication, and the political and social history of specific regions. In addition, each graduate is able to conduct business in English and one other language. Thunderbird was founded as a centre of global education in 1946 by Lieutenant-General Barton Kyle Yount to help Americans enter the emerging international business environment. Located near Phoenix, the school now has branch campuses in Japan and France with 1,500 students coming from more than 75 countries and from every state in the US. The school's 26,000 alumni are located in more than 130 countries around the world.