Eller College offers undergraduate students the chance to take classes in China
Admitted students get a jump start on their first semester cohort classes from Eller faculty starting summer 2009.
TUCSON, Ariz. – January 15, 2009 – This summer, 35 business students from the UA’s Eller College of Management will complete their first semester in the professional phase of the program in Nanjing, China. Over the course of eight weeks, the students will earn 15 credits of upper division classes taught by Eller College faculty.
“Students who are interested in international business can’t learn about it just sitting in a classroom — they need to immerse themselves in other cultures,” says Sue Umashankar, director of the Global Business Program at the Eller College. “We are offering five classes abroad, so students can live and learn in China while earning credits toward their degrees.”
A special elective course on doing business in China is among the courses that students will take. In addition, faculty will develop China-specific materials and contexts for the courses they regularly teach at the Eller College. “Personal knowledge of the Chinese business community will change the students’ outlook on the world,” says Pam Perry, Eller associate dean of undergraduate programs.
The program is available to business management and marketing majors who have been accepted into the professional phase of their Eller College education; they apply for admission during their sophomore years. There are up to 35 slots available for the China program, and those who are accepted will live in a modern business hotel in downtown Nanjing from May-July while taking classes. They will also participate in excursions to Shanghai and Beijing.
“We have committed to holding this program in China for two years,” Umashankar says. “After that time, we could explore similar arrangements in other parts of the world — perhaps India or Brazil.”
The program complements existing opportunities for Eller students to gain international exposure, including study tours, study abroad, and international internships.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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