International MBA Summit Held With Goal of Creating Educational Alliance

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Franklin University is proud to announce the organization of its first International MBA Summit, hosted in June at the University’s partner school in Poland, the Wroclaw School of Banking (WSB).

“Individually, each of these institutions has a point of excellence that serves as a differentiation from its peers,” Dr. Ross said.

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is proud to announce the organization of its first International MBA Summit, hosted in June at the University’s partner school in Poland, the Wroclaw School of Banking (WSB). The Summit, presided over by Dr. Doug Ross, Program Chair of Franklin’s MBA and Master of Science in Marketing & Communication programs, was attended by representatives from the University’s partner schools in Poland, Macedonia, Slovakia, and China.

The goal for the summit, in addition to creating an alliance among Franklin’s growing number of global partners, was to identify each institution’s point of distinction to combine these strengths and create an alliance that will be used to improve curriculum development, pedagogical research, and encourage faculty, student, and staff mobility.

“Individually, each of these institutions has a point of excellence that serves as a differentiation from its peers,” Dr. Ross said. “Creating an alliance allows us to take the best of these qualities, expand and leverage them, and share them to the benefit of our students, faculty, and staff so that the end result is greater than the sum of its parts.”

More than two dozen initiatives were generated during the summit’s brainstorming session. Prioritized to allow for deliberate implementation, as well as to clarify each initiative’s needs and timeframes, the list of nearly 25 proposals will be revisited at the next session to determine implementation timelines, project lead, and next steps. Future summit sessions will be held on a quarterly basis.

An example initiative generated during the summit builds on the idea of a cultural exchange among partner institutions, a concept generated out of a recent visit by WSB students enrolled in Franklin’s MBA Program. During the cultural exchange, WSB students spent a week exploring the Franklin University campus and visiting businesses such as the Honda East Liberty and Anheuser-Busch plants to see how global brands based in the United States operate. In addition to corporate excursions, the visiting MBA students attended a joint education session with Franklin University’s Central Ohio MBA students and took part in team-building exercises, culture discussions, and a development exercise.

Building on the cultural exchange concept summit attendees proposed an academic cultural exchange. Through the exchange, students enrolled in the Franklin MBA Program offered through any of the University’s global partner institutions will have the opportunity to take courses at any of the participating global partner schools. Students traveling as part of the exchange will only need to travel for 12 days, the period of time needed to cover the face-to-face component of the courses as well as tour local commerce and arrange business contacts. The Franklin MBA courses provided at its global partner institutions are offered in 8-week formats with 6 weeks taught in an online format and 2 weeks taught in a face-to-face weekend format. Such an exchange provides the ideal opportunity for working adults to expand their business contacts and global outlook without interfering with family or professional obligations.

Franklin’s establishment of the International MBA Summit strengthens the University’s global presence and further distinguishes Franklin as an innovator and leader in the export of higher education. Franklin currently participates in agreements with the Wroclaw School of Banking in Poland, the University St. Kliment Ohridski-Bitola in Macedonia, the National Mining University (NMU) in the Ukraine, Okan University in Turkey, the University of Economics of Bratislava in Slovakia, Mangalore University in India, Sichuan University in China, Vietnam National University in Vietnam, and the Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS) in Oman.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, more than 11,000 students attend Franklin, both at its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations, and at its newest location in Indianapolis, in addition to online. Franklin offers 27 undergraduate majors (including three new available Fall 2010) as well as three graduate programs and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University’s MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at http://www.franklin.edu .

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