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May 22, 2008

German university, business school enters into Purdue partnership

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management has finalized a cooperative agreement with Leibniz University Hanover, the GISMA Business School, and the government of Lower Saxony, Germany.

Under the agreement, faculty from Leibniz who are approved by the  Krannert School will be able to teach at the GISMA Business School. GISMA, formerly the German International School of Management and Administration, was launched in Hanover, Germany, in 1999 as a joint effort between Lower Saxony, private-sector enterprises, and Purdue. The school offers full-time and executive MBA degrees with courses taught in Hanover by Krannert faculty. All Krannert faculty courses are taught in English. Krannert is the only American business school GISMA has engaged for a cooperative agreement.

“We’re pleased to bring a distinguished institution such as Leibniz University into our partnership,” said Richard Cosier, Krannert Dean and Leeds Professor of Management, who was in  Germany to sign the agreement. “This agreement allows us to sustain the programs at GISMA and expand our business education reach by exploring various new programming opportunities. We also are appreciative of the support that the government of Lower Saxony has given to this agreement.”

Leibniz was founded in 1831 and is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Lower Saxony, with an enrollment of more than 21,500 students. There are more than 50 MBA students at GISMA. Leibniz President Erich Barke  attended the signing of the agreement, as did Joachim Werren, the president of the GISMA senate, and Walter Hirche, deputy prime minister and minister for economics, labour and transport for Lower Saxony.

Writers: Tim Newton, (765) 496-7271,

Dave Kitchell, (765) 496-9711,

Source: Richard Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

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