2009
Growing demand for U.S. business programs prompts reorganization

Growing demand for U.S. business programs prompts reorganization
October 22, 2009

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

The economic explosion in China during the early 2000s created a demand for western-based business programs that would prepare students to participate in the global economy. Benedictine University helped fill that need, forging partnerships with two Chinese universities – Shenyang University of Technology (SUT) and Shenyang Jianzu University (SJZU) – to provide Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Science in Management Information Systems (M.S.M.I.S.) programs to their students. The China Institute at Benedictine University helped to foster Benedictine’s expanding presence in China that included new partnerships with such prestigious institutions as Hohai University (HHU) in Nanjing, China, a research and engineering university, and Peking University (PKU) in Beijing, ranked the 14th best university in the world by Time magazine. Through May 2009, 323 Chinese students earned graduate degrees from Benedictine University through this partnership with China. But China is not the only Asian country with a booming economy and a need for western-trained business graduates. Thirty years after American troops left war-torn Vietnam, Americans educators from Benedictine University are returning as teachers and business mentors. In the past year, Benedictine has partnered with two universities in Vietnam to provide M.B.A. and M.S.M.I.S. programs. The Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi is now offering classes in Benedictine’s M.B.A. program while classes are forming in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) at Binh Dong University. This expansion into Vietnam prompted Benedictine University officials to change the name of the China Institute to the Asia Institute. The Asia Institute will have two divisions: the China Division and the Vietnam Division. “The world is getting smaller and the need for cooperation is growing larger,” said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. “We and our partners seek to provide students with the skills and knowledge that will help create a new era of understanding and cooperation, as well as equip them with the skills needed to be successful in their chosen careers.” The Asia Institute will seek to advance relations between China, Vietnam and the United States through a partnership that will transcend the mistrust and misunderstanding that shaped past relations. The Institute will sponsor lectures, seminars, workshops, language and cultural institutes, and foster partnership opportunities for American and Asian businesses and institutions. John Carroll, M.B.A., a business professor at Benedictine University, recently returned from teaching classes in leadership and ethical business practices through the College of Economics at VNU. The course is part of a joint M.B.A. program sponsored by VNU and Benedictine University. Students participating in the program earn an M.B.A. from Benedictine University while learning from American faculty with practical business experience. John Carroll said that Vietnamese students are hungry to learn Western business practices. “They realize that as Vietnam takes a greater and greater role in the global economy, they will need to understand western business practices,” he said. “They would prefer to learn the methods used by American businesses because of our leadership position in the world of business.” For more information about the Asia Institute or Benedictine University’s partnerships in China and Vietnam, contact the Asia Institute by e-mail at asiainstitute@ben.edu, by phone at (630) 829-1159, by fax at (630) 829-6242 or by mail at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Scholl Hall, Room 124A, Lisle, Illinois 60532.

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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.