Connecting Globally: An Educational Paradigm Shift

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Connecting globally in the 21st century is electronically easy, but international partners frequently want on-site connections as well. Tiffin University has found a way to deliver programs that are cost-effective, time-efficient and partner-friendly for its overseas MBA program and faculty/student exchanges. This presentation will discuss the negotiations concerning program delivery, the mutually-agreed upon solutions and the successful sustainability of the programs as a result.The model TU developed in conjunction with its overseas educational partners for the delivery of its MBA in Romania is unique in Eastern Europe, and last year, resulted in the University’s accreditation by the European Council of Business Education (ECBE.) TU is the first ACBSP accredited business school to earn this distinction. One positive result of this accreditation is that European business schools outside of Romania have approached TU to develop long-term partnerships. This has, however, forced a paradigm shift, as it becomes increasingly difficult for the University to commit its resources, both financial and human, to implement this model in other venues while remaining true to its core mission and current students. This presentation will share TU’s efforts to turn “growing pains” into growth opportunities as it re-packages its model. This shifting paradigm may serve as a roadmap for other small Universities and Business Schools as they attempt to manage international growth efficiently, and effectively, both in terms of program delivery and cost.


Keywords: MBA Program, Eastern Europe, Bucharest, Romania
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Laura Mays

Associate Professor and Director of Eastern European Operations, School of Business, Tiffin University
Tiffin, Ohio, USA

Dr. Mays is an Associate Professor of Managemrnt and Tiffin University's (TU) Director of Eastern European Operations. She has worked extensively with USAID, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Justice Department in developing training programs for business professionals and government officials from the former Soviet Union Republics, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. As Director of Eastern European Operations for the University she has overseen the growth of the MBA program, written a grant for the School of Criminal Justice (CJ) to create a master's in CJ program in Romania and assisted the Romania Anti-Drug Agency in organizing international anti-drug conferences. Her articles on European Entrepreneuship, drug prevention and teacher socialization have been translated into Russian and Romanian.

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