Georgia WebMBA® Program Establishes Educational Partnership with German University

The Georgia WebMBA®‚ which allows working professionals to earn a Master of Business…

Georgia (Dec 5, 2003) — Georgia WebMBA® Program Establishes Educational Partnership with German University

Terri Thornton

Abstract

Contact: Terri Thornton‚ 404−932−4347‚ territhornton@mindspring.com

Kennesaw‚ GA – The Georgia WebMBA®‚ which allows working professionals to earn a Master of Business Administration degree online‚ has established an international study program with Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Bernburg‚ Germany. The arrangement means students from Anhalt and the WebMBA® program will work together over the Internet next summer to complete a project for their global and international business courses.

“The Georgia WebMBA® program has been a cutting edge MBA program ever since it was put into place several years ago by five universities in the University System of Georgia‚” said Daniel S. Papp‚ Senior Vice Chancellor for Academics & Fiscal Affairs for the University System of Georgia. “It is continuing to stay at the forefront of online MBA education by offering a course in which Georgia WebMBA® students will be in the same online class with MBA students at Anhalt University in the Federal Republic of Germany‚” he adds. “Georgian and German students will learn together about international business‚ gaining immense benefits from sharing their educational experience."

The Georgia WebMBA® program is run by a consortium of five Georgia universities: KSU‚ Georgia College & State University‚ Ga. Southern University‚ The State University of West Georgia‚ and Valdosta State University.

“The WebMBA® partnership with Anhalt University in Germany is a terrific example of creating a global teaming environment that prepares MBA graduates for the very competitive and dynamic international business arena‚” says Tim Mescon‚ Dean of the Coles College of Business at KSU. “The opportunity to interact with peers in Western Europe is yet one more unique dimension of the WebMBA® program.”

“I am looking forward to our partnership with Anhalt and to the great educational opportunity our students will have‚” adds WebMBA® Director Joe Bocchi. “Distance education in Georgia has torn down the physical barriers to international work that would otherwise be costly and time consuming‚” he adds.

Eventually‚ WebMBA® students will visit companies in Bernburg‚ and German students will visit companies throughout Georgia. The exchange is being coordinated by Georgia Southern University professor Cathy Swift‚ who teaches International Business in the WebMBA® program‚ and Professor Elena Kashtanova‚ who teaches International Banking and Finance at Anhalt.

MBA candidates such as Brian Week‚ who is earning his MBA while on active duty with the U.S. Navy‚ greeted the news enthusiastically. “Thanks to the coordination between Anhalt and the WebMBA program‚ I now know that not only do I get to see business in Europe‚ I get to experience learning in Europe‚” Weeks says.

###

Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 17‚500 from 127 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Anhalt University of Applied Sciences‚ founded in 1991‚ has 4‚200 students and an academic staff of about 170. It offers 24 degree courses in technical‚ business‚ agricultural and design fields of study.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

©