International MBA Partnership Brings Students to Franklin University

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In a recent visit, Wroclaw School of Banking (WSB) MBA students spent a week exploring the Franklin University campus. A first trip to the United States for many of the 18 visiting students, the visit was the result of the 2008 signing of an agreement to offer the Franklin MBA to students at WSB beginning this past fall.

In a recent visit, Wroclaw School of Banking (WSB) MBA students spent a week exploring the Franklin University campus. A first trip to the United States for many of the 18 visiting students, the visit was the result of the 2008 signing of an agreement to offer the Franklin MBA to students at WSB beginning this past fall.

Under the agreement, the Franklin MBA program was made available to Polish students in the fall term of 2009 in classes held on WSB’s campus in Wroclaw, a major industrial city in southwest Poland. Classes are taught in English by a combination of Columbus-based Franklin faculty members traveling to Poland and European faculty members from WSB and other institutions.

The Polish MBA students visited the Franklin Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio to learn more about WSB’s partner university as well as expand their global business perspective. In addition to touring campus, students visited the Honda East Liberty and Anheuser-Busch plants to see how global brands based in the United States, specifically in Ohio, operate. A select group of students who work in the healthcare industry in Poland also visited Riverside Methodist Hospital, observing the latest in medical technologies.

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 opportunity titled “The Brand Called You,” presented by Dr. Doug Ross, Program Chair of the Franklin MBA. Students from both the WSB and Franklin MBA cohorts were paired into groups, discussing ways to leverage an MBA to further career goals as well as build personal worth.

Students also visited the Prime Outlet Mall in Jeffersonville and attended a Columbus Clippers baseball game to get a taste of local shopping and entertainment.

Visits such as this are in the planning stages for future WSB MBA cohorts as well as cohorts from Franklin University’s other global partners. Franklin enjoys a growing global presence that distinguishes the University 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, and Vietnam National University in Vietnam.

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 and the Far East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at http://www.franklin.edu.

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