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Jan. 24, 2007
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EMU College of Business signs agreement with university in Macao, China

YPSILANTI — The tag “made in china” could take on a new meaning with the Eastern Michigan University College of Business’ new partnership with the Macao University of Science and Technology (MUST).

David Mielke, dean of EMU’s College of Business, said the new partnership is important for more than just increasing enrollment.

“The College of Business has its branding as ‘Innovative, Applied and Global’. We have a major commitment to internationalizing the college and to bringing students from all over the world,” said Mielke. “One way to instill the importance of international study for our Michigan students is to bring students from other parts of the world here. Hopefully, these students will then inspire them to also study abroad.”

Mielke said that EMU ranks 17th for the number of international students for a master’s level institution, according to the Institute of International Education.

“This new agreement demonstrates our commitment to increase that number and to improve our position,” Mielke said.

The new agreement also could help EMU make inroads into other areas for similar agreements.

“The students at MUST come from 26 provinces in China so our agreement has far reaching implications for building our connections there,” said Mielke.

Students who complete the program will receive a bachelor’s of business administration degree from EMU.

While the first group of students from MUST will not arrive at EMU until the fall, Mielke said interest in the program is higher than expected.

“Our partners (at MUST) scheduled a time for me to meet with interested students,” Mielke said of a recent trip to Macao. “I expected to meet 25-30 students. I entered an auditorium with 250 students waiting to meet me. The students’ biggest concern was how many students we would accept into this program.”

The Special Administrative Region of Macao is part of the Peoples Republic of China and lies about 43 miles southwest of Hong Kong.

Although it is about eight square miles in size and is made up of a small peninsula and two small islands, it is one of the most densely populated areas in China, with more than 500,000 people. Macao’s economy is primarily based around tourism.

This partnership marks the second international connection for the College of Business. The COB also has a dual undergraduate degree program with Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea.

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