School signs agreements with Chinese universities
Zhongming Wang, executive dean of Zhejiang University’s School of Management, and Krannert Dean Rick Cosier discuss areas of academic cooperation between the two universities during Wang’s visit to Purdue inFebruary. The two signed a letter of intent to engage in cooperative pro-gramming when Cosier visited China in 2005. (Purdue News Service photoby David Umberger)
Krannert and its Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) have entered into cooperative educational and research programs with three Chinese universities as part of the University’s Asian Initiative.
Dean Rick Cosier signed a letter of intent in 2005 with Zhongming Wang, dean of the School of Management at Zhejiang University. The university is in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province in southeast China, about 100 miles from Shanghai. Wang visited the Purdue campus in February.
“Because business and management today are global, the cooperative agreement with Zhejiang University is an important strategic alliance for the Krannert School in Asia,” Cosier says.
“This agreement is also part of Purdue’s effort to partner with research universities around the world to offer our students a truly international education and our faculty access to researchers and ideas from around the globe.”
The agreement calls for a range of programs, including education, research, and the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty of both institutions. Two content areas singled out for cooperation are supply-chain management through Krannert’s Global Supply Chain Initiative and international human resources through CIBER.
CIBER director and management professor Greg Hundley says two student-exchange agreements were also signed — one with Tsinghua University and the other with Guanghua School of Management at Beijing University. Krannert students will learn about Chinese business and culture firsthand this spring; an undergraduate student group will visit Guanghua, and a group of master’s students will take part in a two-week program at Tsinghua.
“These are tremendously important first steps,” Hundley says. “The study-abroad experiences enhance our existing programs. The collaborations can lead to the deep cooperative relationships that are necessary to be a world-class 21st-century university and provide an entrée into other value-added activities.
“The next step is to get doctoral students and faculty who are researching Chinese businesses access to data,” he says. “Then we need to have faculty exchanges and encourage Chinese institutions to send their students and researchers here.”
— Mike Lillich