2007
Partnership with Chinese universities benefits new wave of business leaders

Partnership with Chinese universities benefits new wave of business leaders
October 23, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, restrictions on U.S. visas forced educational institutions to find new ways to make their programs available to overseas students. Benedictine University sought and received permission in early 2004 from the Chinese Central Board of Education to partner with two universities in Shenyang, a city of 7.2 million people in northeast China. Benedictine University was the first University to receive permission to offer graduate business programs in northeast China. The Benedictine Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is offered through Shenyang University of Technology, and its Master of Science in Management Information Systems (M.S.M.I.S.) program is available through Shenyang Jianzhu University (formerly Shenyang Architectural and Civil Engineering University). Through these partnerships, Benedictine students in China learn from American faculty acutely versed in training future managers to meet the needs of an increasingly sophisticated and complex society, and from Chinese faculty intimately familiar with their country’s exploding economic environment. “China needs mid- and upper-level managers who are familiar with Chinese culture and business practices yet can interact and compete with their international counterparts,” said Sandra Gill, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business at Benedictine University. Chicago-based Benedictine students can also visit China while pursuing their degree in the United States. “This partnership affords Benedictine University an opportunity to impact China’s future, and provides our students and faculty with international experience in one of the world’s most dynamic business arenas,” Gill said. Benedictine’s M.B.A. program has prepared students for managerial roles in corporate and human service organizations for more than 25 years by conveying practical knowledge and essential skills in such areas as management, accounting, economics, finance, strategy and marketing. The M.S.M.I.S. program at Benedictine University prepares professionals for rapid advances in technology, intense global competition, and alignment of business strategy and information systems. The M.B.A. and M.S.M.I.S. programs in China are offered in the “learning team” format. Each group of 20-30 students, or “learning team,” progresses through the program together and completes the entire course of study in 16 months. In just over two years, more than 100 students have graduated from the Benedictine graduate business programs in China. “Our professors are impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and creative business plans,” Gill said. “We also have more U.S. students interested in our China classes.” Participation in executive education programs provided by American universities in China is expected to remain strong due to healthy competition between Asian companies to recruit and retain talented staff, according to a report by CNN. Benedictine University has a long history of educating students from various cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds. As part of its mission, the University has also established partnerships with the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Universidad de Monterrey in Monterrey and the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City, Mexico. Benedictine also has partnered with Chuo University outside Tokyo, Japan; the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid and Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain; Le Groupe Sup de CO Montpellier, France; and Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Suwon and Kwangnung, Korea. For more information about the Benedictine University’s partnerships in China, contact Elsie Yuan, Director of The China Institute, at (630) 829-1158 or by e-mail at eyuan@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.