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Opening Doors to China

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by Marianne Skoczek

Opening more doors to the world’s fastest-growing major economy, Dean Steven Currall toured China last June to meet with presidents and deans of the most highly regarded business schools, laying the groundwork for collaborations, joint ventures and exchange programs—and opportunities to expand UC Davis’ influence and network.

Now the Graduate School of Management is finalizing exchange agreements with the China Europe International Business School and Fudan University’s School of Management, both in Shanghai; and Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, both in Beijing.

“I am passionate about the further internationalization of our student experience,” said Currall, who joined a delegation of more than 60 business leaders affiliated with the Bay Area Council—a San Francisco Bay Area public-advocacy organization—to celebrate its first global trade office in a new “innovation zone” in the Yangpu District of Shanghai. Currall serves on the council’s board of directors.

“In addition to the student exchange programs, we’re laying the groundwork for new faculty research projects and partnerships in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and the clean-tech industry,” Currall said. “We will extend our outreach across Asia and Europe to stay ahead of the curve.”

In February, AACSB International published a comprehensive report on the globalization of management education, noting: “Rising expectations from business and society for graduates with global competencies, coupled with the increasing complexity and global connectedness of higher education, command the attention of business schools around the world.”

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