2010
Partnerships in China, Vietnam could be model for other universities in India

Partnerships in China, Vietnam could be model for other universities in India
January 5, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

How can India attract U.S. and other institutions to promote active collaboration and development of new world-class universities? Can India be the next China? That was the question addressed by Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D., at the Seventh Annual PanIIT 2009 Global Conference held recently in Chicago. The conference attracted hundreds of educators and business people and featured a keynote address by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. But perhaps no one was better qualified to answer the question how U.S. universities and colleges can forge mutually-beneficial relationships with their counterparts in India than someone who has guided Benedictine University’s thriving presence in China and Vietnam. “Our success in China and Vietnam can be a model for similar efforts in India,” Carroll said. “There is no reason to think our model won’t work there.” Benedictine’s foray into China was in response to an economic explosion during the early 2000s that created a demand for western-based business programs which would prepare students to participate in the global economy. Benedictine forged partnerships with two Chinese universities – Shenyang University of Technology (SUT) and Shenyang Jianzu University (SJZU) – to provide Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Science in Management Information Systems (M.S.M.I.S.) programs to their students. The China Institute at Benedictine helped to foster the University’s expanding presence in China that included new partnerships with such prestigious institutions as Hohai University (HHU) in Nanjing, China, a research and engineering university, and Peking University (PKU) in Beijing, ranked the 14th best university in the world by Time magazine. Through May 2009, 323 Chinese students had earned graduate degrees from Benedictine University through these partnerships. In recognition of his efforts to bring U.S. business programs to China, Carroll was invited to address the dedication of a new SUT campus that would serve 25,000 students. “We and our partners seek to provide students with the skills and knowledge that will help create a new era of understanding and cooperation, as well as equip them with the skills needed to be successful in their chosen careers,” Carroll said. But China is not the only Asian country with a booming economy and a need for western-trained business graduates. Thirty years after American troops left war-torn Vietnam, Americans educators from Benedictine University have returned to Southeast Asia as teachers and business mentors. In the past year, Benedictine has partnered with two universities in Vietnam to provide M.B.A. and M.S.M.I.S. programs. The Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi is now offering classes in Benedictine’s M.B.A. program while classes are forming in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) at Binh Dong University. U.S. universities and colleges are now exploring opportunities in India, which will become the most populous country in the world by 2015. India has some 220 million students enrolled in primary and secondary education, but just 10 million students now go on to college. India education experts say the country must establish alliances with many types of institutions, from research universities to distance-education providers, to bring more students into higher education and to solve many of the critical issues it faces. For more information about the Asia Institute or Benedictine University’s partnerships in China and Vietnam, contact the Asia Institute by e-mail at asiainstitute@ben.edu, by phone at (630) 829-1159, by fax at (630) 829-6242 or by mail at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Scholl Hall, Room 124A, Lisle, Illinois 60532.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.