Double degrees offered with French, German universities
Thursday, 15 December 2011
University of Adelaide business students will gain overseas experience - and an extra Masters degree - under new agreements with two major institutions in Europe.
The University of Adelaide has signed separate double degree arrangements with France's biggest university, the University of Strasbourg, and with the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) in Germany.
The most recent of these is the Strasbourg agreement, which was signed this week.
Under the agreements, business students at Masters level will have the chance to broaden their horizons by studying for one year in their home country followed by one year abroad. Students from the University of Adelaide's Business School will travel to France or Germany, while French and German students will also travel to Adelaide, at no extra tuition cost.
The result will be a Masters degree from each institution:
- Strasbourg agreement: a Master of International Business from Adelaide, and a Master of International and European Business from Strasbourg; or
- Leipzig agreement: a Master of International Business from Adelaide, and a Master of Science in Management from HHL.
"We know that countries are no longer economically independent; Australia's future prosperity depends on what happens elsewhere in the world. Therefore, our graduates need to be 'world ready', and to achieve this we must embrace internationalisation more proactively," says the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, Professor Christopher Findlay.
Professor Findlay - who is currently in France for the signing of the Strasbourg agreement - says double degrees, short-term overseas study tours and student exchanges are all ways in which the Faculty will boost the international experience for students across a number of discipline areas.
For example, short-term study tours funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) will see Education students from Adelaide study in Peru, Law students study in Germany and the Netherlands, and Business and Economics students in France and Belgium.
"Having international experience and being ready for a global environment is critical to our students' future success. We are keen to work with like-minded and prestigious institutions such as Strasbourg and HHL as study abroad becomes an increasingly central part of our students' educational experience," Professor Findlay says.
The University of Adelaide is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8), a coalition of leading Australian universities, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education. The Adelaide Business School's programs, including the Adelaide MBA, hold international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB Accreditation is known worldwide as the longest standing, most recognised form of specialised/professional accreditation that an institution and its business programs can earn.
A unique education institution in France with more than 40 courses covering all major management fields, the EM Strasbourg Business School aims to train managers capable of adapting to the new challenges of global management and the digital economy. The School ensures that each graduate will master the cross-sectional and specialised knowledge and skills essential for business development throughout the world. It also places great emphasis on transmitting the values of sustainable development management, ethics and diversity.
HHL is a university-level institution and ranks among the leading international business schools. The goal of the oldest business school in German-speaking Europe is to educate effective, responsible and entrepreneurially minded leaders. In addition to HHL's international focus, the combination of theory and practice plays a key role. HHL stands out for its excellent teaching, its clear research focus, its effective knowledge transfer into practice as well as its outstanding student services.
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