WMU Singapore Program Broadens Teaching Range

May 16, 2002
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GRAND RAPIDS — In addition to opening its second local campus for MBA programs this year, Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business recently reported a first.

Namely, it graduated its first class of MBA students halfway around the world in Singapore.

The college is sending professors to Singapore in partnership with the Center for American Education. The program is targeted toward the Asian employees of firms such as Hewlet Westinghouse and Computer Science Corporation.

According to a statement last month from the dean of the college, James W. Schmotter, the program has two effects beneficial to West Michigan.

First, he said, it expands the institution’s global reach. That was evident, he said, at a Haworth College alumni gathering last winter in Kauala Lumpur, Malaysia.

But more than that, he said, the college’s southeast Asian reach is an experience which will enrich the scope of instruction given by those faculty members when they return to lecture in West Michigan classrooms.

As for Western’s Grand Rapids MBA students who are in classes at the new University Center at the Cherry Street Landing, they are only a hop, skip and a jump from the Van Andel Global Trade Center at the neighboring downtown campus of Grand Valley State University.

In trade as in education, it’s becoming a small world.

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