Ursuline College Launches a Program with University in China
Ursuline College announces a partnership with the Yangtze Delta Region Management Education Center of Tsinghua University in Zhejiang, China. This distinctive program focuses on providing Chinese students with the opportunity to earn a master's of business administration degree from Ursuline's School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Students will earn their degrees via a combination of courses offered in China, online and at the Pepper Pike campus.
Sister Diana Stano, President of Ursuline, and Dr. Debra L. Fleming, Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies of Ursuline, traveled to China to meet with administration, staff, faculty and students from Tsinghua University's Management Education Center in Zhejiang. President Stano said "she is looking forward to working with Alan Zeng, Director of Yangtze Delta Region Management Education Center of Tsingshua University, because he is a creative, entrepreneurial thinker who is focused on building excellent programs for students. Alan is also a very successful and respected business leader in China." Director Zeng emphasized that most of the students who will be involved in the program serve in upper level management positions of local companies and many of them own their own businesses. President Stano also believes that this international partnership with Director Zeng will enhance community networking opportunities between corporations located in China and those located in the United States.
Dr. JoAnne Podis, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ursuline, said "this distinctive program will provide numerous tangible and intangible benefits to our graduate business students". These students will have the opportunity to work with excellent business professors in both China and the United States. These professors have an in-depth understanding of how cultural, legal and governmental issues impact strategic decision making processes. Dr. Fleming, who serves as the program director for this project at Ursuline, said "as future business leaders, these students will experience firsthand how the interrelationships among globalization, technology and internationalization of businesses can have a significant impact on the world economy. They will also learn how to use advancements in technology to enhance the effectiveness of team based projects associated with the tools, techniques and concepts of project management."
Tsinghua University's main campus is located in Beijing, China. They have cooperative contracts and joint ventures with more than 180 domestic and international companies. During the past decade, Tsinghua University has steadily increased scientific cooperation with industries and regional communities. For example, Tsinghua University established the Shenzhen Research Institute, the Beijing-Tsinghua University Industrial Development Institute, the Hebei-Tsinghua Development Institute, and the Yangtze Delta Region Management Education Center in Zhejiang.
In recent years, Tsinghua University has become more involved in serving society and has accelerated technology transfer to aid the country's economic development. Cooperation with provinces and local areas extend from east to central and western China. Tsinghua University has 14 schools and 56 departments in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has over 26,000 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China's most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research. The educational philosophy of Tsinghua is to "train students with integrity." With the motto of "Self-Discipline and Social Commitment" and the spirit of "Actions Speak Louder than Words", Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and to world development.
Team members who will assist with the China MBA Progject (picutured from left to right) are Jo Mann, Administrative Assistant to the School Dean; Dr. JoAnne M. Podis, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Debra L. Fleming, Executive Director of Business Programs; and Bern Jaces, MBA Program Secretary.