Coles College establishes international partnership with Germany’s Bielefeld University

The Coles College of Business has launched a formal partnership with Bielefeld University of…

Georgia (May 4, 2005) — Coles College establishes international partnership with Germany’s Bielefeld University

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The Coles College of Business has launched a formal partnership with Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences‚ located in the East Westphalia area of Germany. The agreement is expected to involve a series of student and faculty exchanges beginning this fall.

Administrators at Bielefeld say KSU’s expertise in economics and accounting is particularly attractive to them. Bielefeld has much to offer KSU as well‚ says Coles College Associate Professor Kurt Schulzke‚ who leads the KSU side of the partnership. “First and foremost are the people‚” Schulzke says. “Bielefeld’s business faculty offer a wide range of European Union and international expertise‚” he says. “An added benefit is that many Bielefeld faculty and students speak English‚ making it easier for KSU’s largely English−speaking student body to have a rewarding academic experience overseas.

“In addition to giving our students and faculty members an immersion in international commerce‚ the partnership may also open the door to study at other universities which have existing affiliations with Bielefeld‚” Schulzke adds. Bielefeld has cooperative agreements with more than 100 institutions of higher learning worldwide‚ as well as seven North American universities.

“Many well−known German companies are global players nowadays – not only exporting to the U.S. market but also having production facilities within the U.S.‚” added Thomas Rautenstrauch‚ Professor of Business Administration and Accounting at Bielefeld University. “These include DaimlerChrysler‚ BMW‚ Siemens and so on. It is important for students to have experience with the U.S. market and/or university system to match the requirements of attractive employers. The new partnership between Bielefeld and the Coles College of Business at KSU offers the great opportunity for getting important experience‚ learning more about your university system‚ your country‚ economy and market to our students as well as to our faculty members.”

Rautenstrauch will be guest lecturing at the Coles College in late October 2005 in the area of international financial reporting.

This is the latest in a series of international partnerships underway at the Coles College. The MBA for Experienced Professionals program at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University has forged a long−term agreement with the Institute for Business and Public Administration (ASEBUSS) in Bucharest‚ Romania. The ASEBUSS agreement grew out of professional collaboration between Professor Schulzke and ASEBUSS Lecturer‚ Adrian Manaicu‚ that began in 1991‚ a few months after the Romanian revolution. The Coles College also has a formal academic agreement with Kazak American University in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. The business school is also home to the China Research Center‚ and two Coles College faculty members have been honored as Fulbright Scholars.

“It is critical for institutions of higher learning to prepare their students to thrive in the global economy‚” says Coles College Dean Tim Mescon. “Agreements with institutions such as Bielefeld University help our students and faculty members develop expertise needed to prepare them for the challenges of the future.”

“I’m glad to tell you that the new exchange program between Bielefeld and KSU is highly appreciated by our students and faculty members because it allows the opportunity to improve cross−cultural thinking‚” adds Axel Benning‚ Dean of Bielefeld’s business and management faculty.


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