UNCP Gives MBA
Program An International Flavor
to right): Desi Schmitt, business professor and director of the
International Business Programs for CCI; Allen Meadors, Chancellor,
UNCP; and Roger Brown, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Acadmemic
MBA students at
UNC Pembroke now have the option to study in France at ESC Marseilles-Provence
Graduate School of Business.
UNCP signed a student
exchange agreement with the international business school, located in
the Mediterranean port city of Marseilles. MBA is an abbreviation for
the Master's of Business Administration graduate degree program.
The agreement is
part of Chancellor Allen C. Meadors' effort to internationalize UNCP's
students, faculty and programs.
"We live in
a shrinking world, and our students and professors benefit greatly from
international exposure of all kinds," Chancellor Meadors said.
"Virtually all businesses are part of the global economy, so I
believe our MBA students will benefit tremendously from this program."
"We are also
excited about the possibility of hosting ESC's students on our campus
for a semester or longer," Dr. Meadors said. "Combined with
our efforts in China and other initiatives around the globe, I am pleased
with our progress in International Programs."
In the past six
months, UNCP signed several student and program exchange agreements
in China and Europe.
Desi Schmitt, business
professor and director of the International Business Programs for CCI,
was at the university for the signing ceremony.
"We are a very
diverse university with an international student body and faculty,"
Dr. Schmitt said. "Our program is modeled on the U.S. MBA, and
students work closely with other students from all over the world."
features of our program is performing case studies in small groups,"
Ms. Schmitt said. "Every culture looks at problems in a different
way, and students are able to learn about other cultures in this way."
English is the language
of the international MBA program. Accredited by the French Ministry
of Education, the program has an enrollment of 180 students and offers
concentrations in international finance and marketing.
MBA students may
choose to study in the school's summer program a semester or a year
with credits transferred to UNCP. Tuition, room and board is approximately
$12,000 (about $9,000 euros) annually.
Dr. Roger Brown,
provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, hailed the exchange
agreement as a good one for students.
"This is an
opportunity for our MBA students to work and study in Marseille, and
important center for international business," Dr. Brown said. "They
also will learn that business is conducted in many languages and cultures,
so they need to become highly adaptive."
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