College of Management Joins International Partnership of Business Schools
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009
The North Carolina State University College of Management on Nov. 6, 2009, became the ninth academic partner in the International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS), a consortium of leading business schools located in Europe and Americas.
At the fall consortium meeting hosted by the ESB Business School in Reutlingen, Germany, the college’s partnership documents were signed by Dr. Shannon Davis, associate dean for undergraduate programs for the NC State College of Management, and Prof. Bernard Pierce, dean of Dublin City University’s Business School and IPBS president.
The IPBS network originally began with a partnership comprising business schools in Reutlingen; Reims, France; and London, England, in 1979. It now consists of partner universities in Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.A.), Dublin (Ireland), Lancaster (England), Madrid (Spain), Piacenza (Italy), Puebla (Mexico), Reims, Reutlingen and its newcomer, Raleigh, North Carolina (U.S.A.).
These schools offer fully integrated undergraduate business management education programs where the students spend two years at one of the partner universities, and two years at another, in another country. Students also must complete an internship in each of the two countries. Upon successful completion of the program the graduates receive two degrees, one from each institution. The IPBS also offers a graduate international management program modeled after its highly successful undergraduate programs.
Dr. Ira R. Weiss, dean of the NC State College of Management, has worked with IPBS member schools while at a previous institution, and was the lead contact for the NC State College of Management’s involvement now.
“To be successful in today’s truly global business environment, business students need opportunities not only to study abroad, but also to study and experience business in international settings. Membership in the IPBS opens the door to many more such opportunities for our students,” Weiss said.
NC State University was founded in 1887 and it is the largest four-year institution in North Carolina. More than 33,000 students from the U.S.A and from 107 foreign countries are enrolled there. The College of Management was established in 1992 and like, its new partners in the IPBS network, it has been continuously growing its reputation and global opportunities for its students.
For more information about IPBS and its programs, please visit its website
Shannon Davis, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the NC State College of Management, signs the college’s agreement with the IPBS along with Dr. Bernard Pierce, president of IPBS and dean of the Dublin City University Business School.