Purdue News

February 22, 2006

Krannert School signs agreements with Chinese universities

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and its Center for International Business Education and Research have entered into cooperative educational and research programs with three Chinese universities as part of the university's Asian Initiative.

Zhongming Wang (left)
and Dean Richard Cosier

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Richard Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management, signed a letter of intent in May with Zhongming Wang, dean of the School of Management at Zhejiang University. The Chinese university is in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province in southeast China about 100 miles from Shanghai. Wang visited the Purdue campus on Feb. 7.

"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 said. "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 the Krannert School's Global Supply Chain Initiative and international human resources through Krannert's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

Greg Hundley, director of CIBER and professor of management who traveled to China with Cosier last summer, said two student-exchange agreements were signed — one with Tsinghua University in Beijing and the other with Guanghua School of Management at Beijing University. A Krannert School undergraduate student group is visiting Guanghua in May. At the graduate level, a group of Krannert master's students will take part in a two-week program this May at Tsinghua University. Students will learn about Chinese business and culture firsthand.

"These are tremendously important first steps," Hundley said. "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 said. "Then we need to have faculty exchanges and encourage Chinese institutions to send their students and researchers here."

In other international efforts, the Krannert School has been offering American-style MBA education under a contract arrangement since 1999 with the German International School of Management and Administration in Hanover, Germany.

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Sources: Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366, rcosier@purdue.edu

Greg Hundley, (765) 494-4508, ghundley@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


Zhongming Wang, from left, executive dean of Zhejiang University's School of Management in China, and Purdue University's Krannert School Dean Richard Cosier discuss areas of academic cooperation between the two universities. The two signed a letter of intent to engage in cooperative programming in May when Cosier visited Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. Wang visited the Purdue campus Feb. 7. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

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