Eastern Michigan University's College of Business signs agreement with Pakistan's University of Management and Technology
YPSILANTI - The College of Business at Eastern Michigan University has signed an agreement with the University of Management and Technology (UMT), a private university, in Lahore, Pakistan that offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business.
“This agreement provides an excellent opportunity for UMT graduate students to complete an EMU graduate certificate in a discipline not currently offered at their university,” said David Mielke, dean of EMU’s College of Business.
“For example, UMT does not offer many courses in supply chain management. The students will enroll here, earn a supply chain management graduate certificate and then transfer these courses back to UMT to fulfill requirements for their MBA.”
EMU’s College of Business offers five-course graduate certificates in ten areas: business administration; computer information systems; E-business; entrepreneurship; finance; human resource management; international business; marketing management; organizational development; and supply chain management.
It is expected that Pakistani graduate and undergraduate students will study at EMU for a semester or a year starting as early as January 2008, said Mielke.
“We are encouraging interaction with UMT faculty and students by having our faculty serve on “virtual” doctoral committees for their students. This is an exciting addition to the agreement which can foster joint research and collaboration,” Mielke said.
UMT has modeled its business curriculum after U.S. business schools.
A current EMU graduate student, who received his bachelor’s degree at UMT, first proposed the agreement. The student made a connection with Dr. Rashid Kausar, director of international programs at UMT, who studied in Michigan for ten years.
“We were very interested in developing a partnership with EMU. I was very familiar with the quality of their business programs from my time spent in the state,” said Kausar. “It is very important for the education of our business students to study in the U.S. EMU is the perfect partner because of their emphasis on international agreements.”
Lahore, where UMT is based, is considered the educational center of Pakistan.
This partnership marks the fourth international agreement for the College of Business, which has agreements in Korea, India and China.
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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