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EMU College of Business Expands International Programs

Published January 28, 2016

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Dr. Sock Chung

Dr. Sock Chung

Eastern Michigan University’s international business programs are not only preparing domestic students for a rapidly changing global economy, but the programs are also gaining new ground in South Korea and China, according to the College of Business Dean, Michael Tidwell. 

"The College of Business is the most diverse College at Eastern Michigan University," says Tidwell. "From our faculty to our students, we embrace talent from across the nation and around the world. Our strategy is to expand our global reach through partnerships that emphasize faculty exchange and student recruitment. Our agreements in South Korea represent great examples of these types of partnerships."

The College of Business has received over 100 students from schools in South Korea like Keimyung University, Dongdeuk Women’s University and Sejong Cyber University over the past several years. "Since the vision of the College of Business is to provide an applied business education the COB faculty is proud to play an important role in growing our international partnerships," says Dr. Sock Chung, professor of information systems.

Evidence of faculty involvement can also be seen in Taiwan. "The Taiwanese government has a vision for being part of globalization in the world economy," says Dr. David Chou, professor of information systems. "Universities in Taiwan are encouraged to establish partnerships with foreign educational institutions. The College of Business has selected four well respected universities in Taiwan to help us meet the goal of supporting and enhancing the international education at EMU."

Dr. David Chou

Dr. David Chou

In addition to recruiting international students to study at Eastern, the College of Business also operates programs abroad. For example, the College has partnered with Tianjin University of Commerce (TJUC), China, where students attend 12 EMU graduate classes over 18 months to receive a master’s of science in human resources and organizational development (MSHROD).

"The program is extremely popular, with 30 students in the last four cohorts. This is the maximum number that can enroll in a graduate class," says Fraya Wagner-Marsh, EMU management department head, adding that the HR/OD master’s program is the only one of its kind in China.

The steady increase in enrollment at TJUC can be attributed to increased recruitment and the increasingly positive reputation of the program, says Fraya-Marsh, adding that the HR/OD field is new to China. "With the enormous growth and changes in China’s business sector, this is an important area for Chinese managers to know about."

Students at TJUC take required business foundation classes and an intensive English course the fall semester before they enroll in EMU graduate classes, taught by EMU faculty who travel to China for the program, Wagner-Marsh said.

Regardless of national origin, a primary goal of the College of Business is to ensure that its students are ready and able to work anywhere in the world. The College places a great deal of pride in its ability to recruit, retain, and graduate students who have a global perspective.

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