President Carroll addresses Benedictine's pioneering foray into Asian marketplace

President Carroll addresses Benedictine's pioneering foray into Asian marketplace
February 4, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe are aggressively pursuing opportunities to partner with schools in Asia and India. However, the competition for a foothold overseas and the transformation it has wrought in the world of higher education has caused uneasiness and fear among many domestic schools. University President William J. Carroll aggressively led Benedictine’s successful foray into the China marketplace in the early 2000s, forging partnerships with several Chinese universities that have produced more than 300 master’s degree graduates. More recently, Benedictine has partnered with universities in Vietnam. Carroll was invited to share his expertise and experience in developing foreign partnerships with attendees at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) January 30-February 3 in Washington, D.C. Carroll was joined by Brookings Institution guest scholar and author Ben Wildavsky (“The Great Brain Race”) and Champlain University President David F. Fonney to lead a discussion on “Adapting to the Global Education Marketplace.” The discussion explored the challenges and opportunities U.S. institutions face on the international market. Carroll, who became Benedictine’s 10th president in July 1995, has led the University through a period of unprecedented growth academically, in enrollment and facility-wise.


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.