International ties strengthen business program, management dean says
EXPECT UB'S involvement in international business to grow. That was the message from Management Dean Frederick W. Winter to members of the local business community.
Winter spoke Nov. 30 at UB at Sunrise, UB's community breakfast series sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations. "It's ironic, but to a certain extent our reputation is better when we go outside Buffalo," said Winter. "We take some criticism for it, but you can't be a strong business school without being a strong international business school as well."
UB is building its international ties, and soon expects to reestablish its connection with China, where the university first opened an M.B.A. program in Beijing in 1986. The program was discontinued after the student uprising at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
"We want to have a very, very big footprint across the globe and in particular in the exploding Asian economy," Winter said. "We really see a first-mover advantage in Asia. We'd like to jump in there, be the first in Beijing and have the others go elsewhere. It's very much a part of our strategy."
UB also has strong management programs in countries that include Latvia, Hungary and Singapore, and has received an endowment to support the Center for International Leadership.
And why is all this international activity important to the School of Management? Because it's important to UB's students and corporate partners, Winter said.
Twenty-five percent of UB's M.B.A. class is composed of top international students whom "we don't make full enough use of," Winter said. "I think we owe it to our students to have an environment where they can study shoulder to shoulder with international students." That relationship, as well as a strong foundation in international business, is becoming increasingly important to business schools as they seek to meet the needs of their corporate partners, he indicated.