Coles EMBA raises the bar in global initiatives

Executive MBA students will experience a new standard in global learning as they jet to Romania this month to team with business students in Bucharest.

Georgia (Sep 18, 2006) — Executive MBA students will experience a new standard in global learning as they jet to Romania this month to team with business students in Bucharest.

The 10−day trip is just the beginning of an eight−month partnership between Romania’s Institute for Business and Public Administration and the department of leadership and professional development in the Coles College of Business.
“In an emerging market economy such as Romania‚ there is an essential need for global managers‚” said Marcel Duhaneanu of the Institute for Business and Public Administration.

In Bucharest‚ 24 KSU students and 82 Romanian students will be divided into 13 teams‚ and each team will develop a project ranging from venture capital proposals to best practice benchmarking to business plans.

“We are trying to do something beyond just visiting companies‚ castles and cathedrals‚” said Sheb L. True‚ director of the Center for International Business Initiatives at Coles College. “We do all of that‚ but we are trying to go beyond that and to make connections with colleagues and to collaborate. We want students to better understand their role in the global marketplace and to learn how they can contribute to the rest of the world.”

Once the KSU students return to the United States‚ they will work with their Romanian counterparts via SharePoint‚ a collaboration technology software‚ as well as video conferencing‚ instant messaging and e−mail.

“They will learn to link culture and technology to the decision−making process and how each affects the other‚” said Rodney Alsup‚ senior associate dean of executive education programs.

In April‚ the Romanian students will travel to KSU‚ and the teams will present their projects.

“This unique learning experience clearly positions KSU as a leader in innovation with respect to equipping its students with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in a global marketplace‚” said Mike Salvador‚ chair of the department of leadership and professional development.

The Coles College of Business is in the process of developing similar partnerships with universities in Canada‚ Germany and China.

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