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Jan. 17 , 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU College of Business partners with business leader to help Greece adapt to European Union market

YPSILANTIEastern Michigan University’s College of Business Professional Education Center is partnering with international business leader John Psarouthakis to offer professional training essential to the success of Greek business endeavors as the country competes in the open market of the European Union.

Previously, Greece operated on a closed market system with 80 percent of businesses run or controlled by the state. To help the country adjust and compete in an open market, Psarouthakis founded the Institute of Management Leadership (IML) Executive Programs in 2004 to bring advanced business training, from top educational institutions, to Greek business leaders and entrepreneurs.

"This gives our faculty a tremendous opportunity to support an emerging economy and work closely with leaders in Greece and the European Union. It will be great to watch the program as it develops and its impacts are realized," said David Mielke, dean of EMU's College of Business. Mielke traveled to Greece in December 2004 to announce the partnership.

Through the partnership with EMU, business leaders in Greece will have access to courses offered through the College of Business Professional Education Center. The program will bring EMU faculty and instructors to Athens, Greece to provide face-to-face, non-credit business training in sales and sales management, customer service, leadership, entrepreneurship and more.  Courses are scheduled to begin in Spring 2005.

For Psarouthakis, who was born in Crete, Greece, IML Executive Programs allows him to provide the educational resources that were foundational to his success to his native country.

"Greece has tremendous potential for economic development and increased standing in the global economy," says Psarouthakis. "EMU offers precisely the expertise needed to help Greece's business leaders compete and succeed."

With central offices in Athens, Greece, IML offers high quality advanced education and training to management leaders in both the private and public sectors in Greece and the broader Southeastern European region (visit www.IMLeadership.gr).

The Professional Education Center at Eastern Michigan University provides professional training and development courses customized for individual businesses' needs (visit www.cob.emich.edu/pec).

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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