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Universities in Asia Provide Strategic Partnerships

Published January 23, 2013

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Eastern Michigan University's partnerships with Asian universities are a win-win situation. Not only do they add to the diversity to EMU's campus, broadening domestic students' perspectives; they help educate and equip potential Asian leaders whose positive impressions could shape the way they do business with America.

"Asian countries represent the most populous area of the world. It's mutually beneficial to build bridges of trust and understanding with this region," says Deedra Springgay, student services coordinator of COB undergraduate programs. "Positive experiences with Eastern faculty, staff and students go a long way towards that goal."

Among Eastern's current partners are Keimyung University, South Korea; The Ansal University and the Ansal Institute of Technology, India; Tianjin University of Commerce, China, and the National Association of Yemeni Americans.

At Keimyung University, Korean students complete a two-year English and business curriculum in their home country, then complete the remaining two-year curriculum at EMU. Upon successfully completing the EMU segment of the program, students earn a bachelor of business administration degree from both EMU and KMU. This program welcomed its seventh cohort this semester. Cohorts, averaging 10 South Korean students, come to campus every January and stay for two years through graduation. Similar dual degree programs exist with other schools in China, India and South Korea.

Eastern's unique partnership with Tianjin University of Commerce offers the only master's degree in human resources and organizational development in China, says LaVern Higgins, associate dean, COB. For this graduate program, EMU faculty travel to China periodically to teach business classes to English-speaking students in a hybrid format that includes weekends. The program will graduate its seventh cohort in June 2013.

"Many students that attend Eastern cannot travel abroad for various reasons. But as the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it's important to become familiar with different cultures," says Springgay. "Partnerships like these create a diverse community on campus and end up bringing global business home."

Students and organizations that contribute to this diversity on campus include FIN senior JiMin Cha and CIS and SCM senior Sangeun Lee- president and vice president, respectively, of EMU's Han SoRi, a student organization dedicated to Korean traditional drumming; ACC 150 UG senior Sang-Uk Sohn, president of the Korean Student Association; and FIN senior Hwa-Hin Chae, vice president of EMU's Finance Club.

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