Carleton’s business school exported to China

Still an industrializing economy, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is looking to Carleton University to help modernize its business-management skills. An agreement to offer the University’s Master of Business Administration degree to students in China is a huge step in international relations.

The program will be taught by Carleton’s Sprott School of Business faculty at Donghua University, in Shanghai, one of the country’s leading industrial academies in its biggest commercial centre. Eight to 12 faculty will travel to the PRC during the year to teach primarily mature students.

“It’s a win-win situation… as Donghua students will obtain a worldclass North American education in their home country at less than half the price (of what it would cost for them to come to Ottawa), while Sprott faculty will obtain immense international experience and exposure to international business and culture,” says Dr. Vinod Kumar, Director of the School.

The agreement was finalized September 6 by Feridun Hamdullahpur, Vice-President (Research and International) during a trip to the PRC with Duncan Watt, Vice-President (Finance and Administration) and Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer, Acting Director of Carleton International. It was only one part of Chinese academic officials’ desire to tap Carleton’s expertise.

The Carleton team also held discussions with officials from four universities in Shanghai and Beijing about adding Carleton’s Master of Public Administration degree program to their curricula. The Sprott School also offers its M.B.A. in Iran and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in India.

Donghua’s program is similar to the one offered in Iran, at Qeshm Institute. Students take most of their courses from Sprott faculty at their home institute, in a compressed time frame, and then spend up to three months at Carleton completing course requirements and doing research.

The Qeshm M.B.A. started in 2001 and graduated 23 the following year, including Soroosh Sohrabi. “I think I talk too much about the advantages of this program. Iranian people value very much higher education, especially from western institutions. (The Sprott) program for me was really a dream come true.”

Carleton is also working on international programs in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States.

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