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July 12 , 2007
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Eastern Michigan University's College of Business signs agreement with India's Ansal Institute of Technology

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan College of Business signed an important agreement with the Ansal Institute of Technology (AIT) in Dehli, India to bring more undergraduate and graduate students to EMU.

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 been developing partnerships with educational institutions in countries that are key international trade and business partners.  We now have agreements in Korea, China and India,” Mielke said.  “We are positioned to help Michigan businesses by educating students, who after a post-degree practical training position with a company in southeast Michigan, will be ready to assume a position within their operations in those countries. 

“Hiring key personnel in those countries can be difficult and we can provide students fluent in English, who have lived in the U.S. while earning an undergraduate or graduate business degree and have worked for the Michigan based company.  There are benefits for our Michigan companies, the students and the College of Business”.

In India, most undergraduate programs are three years in duration and result in a “diploma”.  The agreement provides the opportunity for undergraduate students who have completed the diploma to transfer their credits to EMU and earn an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in 12 months. 

Before students enter an MBA program in the U.S., they must have an equivalent of 4 years of undergraduate education. 

The College of Business has approved courses for a fourth year, a “bridge” year, of study at AIT after the diploma that will then enable students to enter the MBA or Master’s of Information Systems programs at EMU.

“Everyone benefits from this agreement.  AIT has a competitive edge recruiting students for their undergraduate program, they earn increased revenues from the “bridge” year, we increase the international enrollments in the College and the students have a simple system to follow to earn our degrees,” Mielke added.  “The opportunities for Michigan companies to hire students for their operations in India are a bonus.”

The first seven students admitted to the programs will enroll at EMU this fall. 

“Our partners at AIT scheduled a time for me to meet with interested students,” Mielke said of a recent trip to Dehli.  “I expected to meet 25-30 students.  I entered a classroom with over 100 students waiting to meet me.  The students’ biggest concern was how many students we would accept into this program.”

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