Franklin University Enters Into Two New International Partnerships

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Franklin University is pleased to announce it has signed two new agreements overseas, expanding the University's role as a global institution of higher learning.

The signing of these agreements allows Franklin University, an institution known for its expertise in providing access to career-relevant education, to strengthen its position as an exporter of high-value-added educational services...

Franklin University is proud to announce it has signed two new agreements overseas, expanding the University’s role as a global institution of higher learning.

In visits to the Ukraine and Turkey last week, Franklin University President Dr. David Decker and Klaus Haberich, Senior Vice President for Planning and Global Programs, met with representatives of the National Mining University (NMU) in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey to sign cooperation agreements with both institutions.

Under the agreement with NMU, the Franklin MBA program will be offered to students in the Ukraine in classes held on NMU’s campus in Dnipropetrovsk with the participation of Franklin faculty members.

The agreement with Okan University will allow Okan’s undergraduate students to transfer to Franklin University after three years at Okan to take their final year of coursework in Columbus, Ohio. This program enables Okan students to earn a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University.

“The signing of these agreements allows Franklin University, an institution known for its expertise in providing access to career-relevant education, to strengthen its position as an exporter of high-value-added educational services, which benefits both the Ohio and the national economy,” said Haberich.

Founded in 1899, the National Mining University is one of the foremost state universities in the Ukraine. NMU is located in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk, a major center of metallurgical and aerospace production. As a premier provider of advanced technical training, NMU wants to supplement its programs by offering management education to business and government. The Franklin MBA program will be a cornerstone of this development. Further information about the National Mining University can be found at http://www.nmu.org.ua.

Okan University is one of the youngest and most dynamic private universities of Turkey. Established by the Okan Foundation, it began offering programs in 2003/04 and is growing very rapidly. True to its motto, “The University Closest to Business Life,” Okan University follows a practice-oriented approach very similar to Franklin University’s. Okan’s campus consists of newly built facilities located on the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and the European Culture Capital of 2010. Further information about Okan University can be found at http://www.okan.edu.tr.

“Many foreign colleges are interested in partnerships such as these to utilize our expertise in business programs and to supplement their own programs with an English-language MBA,” Haberich said. “Most of these institutions find that collaborating with Franklin is more effective than launching programs on their own.”

Today’s announcement marks Franklin University’s seventh and eighth international partnership, respectively. The University currently participates in agreements with the Wroclaw School of Banking in Poland, the University St. Kliment Ohridski-Bitola in Macedonia, 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 central Ohio’s leading and most experienced educator of adult students. Annually, more than 11,000 students attend Franklin, on campus at its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three central Ohio locations, and at its newest location in Indianapolis, Indiana, in addition to online. Franklin offers 25 undergraduate majors 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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