University of Adelaide business students will gain overseas experience – and an extra Masters degree – under new agreements with two major institutions in Europe. The University of Adelaide has signed separate double degree arrangements with France’s biggest university, the University of Strasbourg, and with the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) in Germany. The most recent of these is the Strasbourg agreement, which was signed in mid Dec 2011. Under the agreements, business students at Masters Level will have the chance to broaden their horizons by studying for one year in their home country followed by one year abroad. Students from the University of Adelaide’s Business School will travel to France or Germany, while French and German students will also travel to Adelaide, at no extra tuition cost. The result will be a Masters degree from each institution:
- Strasbourg agreement: a Master of International Business from Adelaide, and a Master of International and European Business from Strasbourg (www.em-strasbourg.eu/_en);
- Leipzig agreement: a Master of International Business from Adelaide, and a Master of Science in Management from HHL(www.hhl.de/nc/en).
“We know that countries are no longer economically independent; Australia’s future prosperity depends on what happens elsewhere in the world. Therefore, our graduates need to be ‘world ready’, and to achieve this we must embrace internationalization more proactively,” said the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, Professor Christopher Findlay. Professor Findlay said that double degrees, short-term overseas study tours and student exchanges are all ways in which the Faculty will boost the international experience for students across a number of discipline areas. For example, short-term study tours funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) will see Education students from Adelaide study in Peru, Law students study in Germany and the Netherlands, and Business and Economics students in France and Belgium. Professor Findlay also said that “Having international experience and being ready for a global environment is critical to our students’ future success. We are keen to work with like-minded and prestigious institutions such as Strasbourg and HHL, as study abroad becomes an increasingly central part of our students’ educational experience.”
Source: Adelaide Media release