Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Dean François Ortalo-Magné traveled to Shanghai and Hong Kong as part of a UW-Madison contingent to celebrate the opening of the new UW-Madison Innovation Office in Shanghai. While there, he signed two undergraduate business exchange agreements: the first is between the Wisconsin School of Business and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Antai College of Economics and Management; the other between the school and City University of Hong Kong’s College of Business.
Part of the Wisconsin China Initiative, the signing of these study-abroad agreements will allow for student mobility in two directions, meaning the Wisconsin School of Business will both send and receive exchange students.
“We are excited to expand our undergraduate exchange offerings in China and Hong Kong. Academically, these are two strong partners. What’s more, students who decide to have an immersive experience in China will have a unique opportunity to not only develop greater knowledge on a rising power in the business world, but also to understand who they are in terms of a global context,” states Ortalo-Magné.
The pacts fall squarely within the missions of the two foreign institutions. Antai College’s Dean ZHOU Lin declares his school’s desire to “develop the highest-level economic and managerial talent, with totally international viewpoints and capacities, to compete in the global economy.” Similarly, City University College of Business’ Dean Wei, Kwok Kee acknowledges his organization seeks “constructive collaborations and relationships with local and international tertiary institutions” which will “educate our future business leaders with a global orientation.”
Each year, roughly one-third of all Wisconsin BBA students study abroad at one of more than 25 partner universities. Students who study abroad through these programs regularly speak of their experience as professionally rewarding and personally transformative.
Find out more about study abroad opportunities available at the Wisconsin School of Business at bus.wisc.edu/bba/study-abroad.