Academics

Concordia-Chicago announces MBA international exchange with China

12/18/2012

In order to best prepare business students for today’s highly global society, Concordia University Chicago is piloting a version of its MBA program that fosters an integration of business students studying at both Concordia-Chicago’s campus and in China.

“As a relatively young MBA program, we have the opportunity to re-envision what a modern business education looks like,” said Dr. George Vukotich, Dean of Concordia’s College of Business. “International business is now the norm, rather than the exception. In preparing students for a global economy, it makes perfect sense to educate and expose students to multiple cultures and countries within an education program.”

In August, Concordia-Chicago signed a partnership agreement with Hebei University of Economics and Business in Shi Jiazhuang, China. The partnership was facilitated by Concordia-Chicago’s Center for Global Outreach. The Center is aimed at creating transformational experiences for students and faculty through international connections and exchange opportunities.

Hebei University, founded in 1953, has a history of creating successful international partnerships and has similar agreements with 20 other universities around the globe. Hebei University has three facilities and schools educating more than 31,000 full-time undergraduates and 13,000 graduate students.

The global MBA program is open to all American and international students who will take their first four courses at Hebei University in China and the remaining courses at Concordia-Chicago’s River Forest campus. All courses are taught in English.

“This program offers an exclusive opportunity for the students to be immersed in another culture while studying in China and the United States,” Vukotich noted.

In preparation for the student exchange, a faculty exchange is also taking place. Concordia-Chicago is currently hosting six faculty members from Hebei for a nine month period. The Chinese visitors are shadowing Concordia professors during the fall semester and will co-teach the courses with their American counterparts in the spring. The faculty teamwork is conducted with a mutual spirit of academic exchange and enrichment.

Hebei University professor Wu Shaoxia is confident that her experience at Concordia will benefit her. “I came here to learn the different American educational concepts and methods,” she says. “Our university (Hebei) is undergoing huge educational reform, especially in the area of English curriculum construction and English for Special Purposes. I am also interested in curriculum construction. Choosing and planning for curriculums and the related teaching materials is important for me to think about.”

For more information on Concordia-Chicago’s College of Business and MBA program, visit www.cuchicago.edu/mba.