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International Business Establishes New Program Partnerships

Published December 10, 2012

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Eastern Michigan University's International Business Program is committed to equipping students with the language and cultural skills they will need to face a rapidly changing global economy.

"We live in an increasingly interconnected world," says David Victor, director of the international business program and a professor of management. "Eastern is committed to expanding the experience of COB students to include interacting with countries of business significance." All international business students are required to study abroad, and are joined by an increasing number of non-IB majors as well, Victor adds.

To help expand student's horizons, faculty-led programs are available in several countries, including a 3-credit course called "Discover India." The course, co-taught by a faculty member from the COB and political science department, is designed to show students what this emerging nation has done to become an economic powerhouse, what problems it is overcoming, and how business and politics are entwined in this south Asian country, says Stephen Burwood, director of international studies.

In addition, study abroad programs at partner schools provide students with opportunities to study business courses for a summer or a semester in France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, among countries. Classes transfer towards students' majors and electives. Students who spend a year at EMU partner, The ICN Business School in Metz, France, can earn a BBA degree as well as their EMU degree, said Burwood, adding that about 320 EMU students studied abroad last year.

Eastern also offers "Doing Business In" classes, designed to introduce students to the business environment in countries such as Japan, India, China, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Argentina, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland, with many more in the planning, says Victor. These half-semester classes are offered on campus.

"The COB and its International Business program recognize the need to prepare students for what they will face on graduation. We also are anticipating additional skills that the well-prepared business graduate will need to operate and succeed in this global economy," says Burwood.

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