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SF State College of Business to offer dual European/American MBA with University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis



William Morris
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International program will use online and on-site learning to train professionals in European and American business

SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2006 -- The San Francisco State University College of Business and University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UNSA) Institute for the Administration of Enterprises (IAE) announced today the creation of a dual Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master in International Business (MIB) program. The program is the first of its kind to have a European/American focus and is geared toward bilingual working professionals who have already done graduate studies in management.

"The Sophia Antipolis area is France's version of Silicon Valley," said Nancy Hayes, dean of the College of Business. "With so many American and European tech and biotech companies doing business there, for SF State to team up with UNSA is only natural. As the region continues to grow so will the need for professionals who are trained in cross-continental business practices."

The program is designed for working professionals who have already earned the Certificat d' Aptitude al' Administration des Entreprises, which typically covers the core courses that are required for the first year of study for an American MBA. The dual MBA/MIB degree goes into more depth on such management topics as international business, information systems, finance, strategic management and marketing.

The MBA/MIB program is comprised of 10 courses, of which the first eight will be taught partially online. Two courses will be taught each term over a 13-week period, one by an UNSA faculty member and one by an SF State faculty member. All courses will be taught in English, and the program will take 14 months to complete.

"Because the courses will be taught concurrently each term, the UNSA and SF State faculty members will work together, focusing on common problems and exploring how European and American business practices compare and diverge," Robert Nickerson, the MBA/MIB program's director, said. "This will dramatize for students the issues involved in working for American or European companies."

Each term's courses will deal with similar subject matters from the European or American perspective. Toward the end of each term, the students will travel to Nice for six days of classes with the professors that will include portfolio evaluation, presentations and face-to-face discussions. The ninth course will be taught at SF State, and the final course will be an independent research project.

The program is expected to cost 20,000 euros. The first group of 30 students will begin their coursework in September 2006 or January 2007.

Accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, SF State's College of Business enrolls nearly 4,200 undergraduate and 715 graduate students. Each year the College of Business awards more business degrees than Stanford, University of California, Berkeley and University of San Francisco combined. All of its full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees, and most have experience with commercial enterprises and engage in applied business research.


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