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Whitman partners with UK b-school for global entrepreneurship, supply chain

September 07, 2010

Amy Schmitz
(315) 443-3834

The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and Roehampton University Business School, located in London, have announced a new partnership to develop mutual interests in global entrepreneurship and supply chain management.

The Whitman School will provide two courses for Roehampton master’s degree students through its residency-based distance education programs from 2011-12. Initially Whitman and Roehampton will each host at least one residency for students in the joint program in the United Kingdom. Additionally, the partnership will host an annual conference on global emerging enterprises and set up a research fund to promote joint research projects. The Roehampton University Business School and the Whitman School will host faculty exchanges and may also develop joint executive programs.

“Universities are increasingly key drivers in the global economy in which all countries are now working,” says Maurice A. Harris, associate dean of graduate programs in the Whitman School. “They provide much of the trained work force, professional development and academic and applied research; act as a catalyst for regeneration in deprived areas and for knowledge transfer; and most critically, they provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and the encouragement of cross-border thinking and cooperation.”

Drawing on a growing need for a management style that will enable multinational corporations to build and maintain competitiveness in global markets, the collaboration will offer those involved a unique opportunity in combining learning both in the U.K. and United States. The programs bring together a shared internationalization agenda that hopes to provide multinational organizations with suitable graduates. On a wider scale, the programs will contribute to globalization of business and mobility of graduates.

Students will earn credit from specialist modules from the Whitman limited-residency distance-learning iMBA program as a new pathway for Roehampton University’s MSc international management program, thereby combining two modes of study and sharing experiences with students from other countries and cultures.

For more information about the partnership, contact Whitman’s Graduate Programs Office at (315) 443-3497 or busgrad@syr.edu.

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