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WKU signs international cooperation agreement with French university

WKU and The Jean Moulin University of Lyon have signed an international cooperation agreement.

WKU President Gary Ransdell and Lyon University President Hugues Fulchiron signed the agreement, which was formally recognized Wednesday in Lyon by representatives of WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business and Lyon’s Institut d’Administration des Enterpreises (IAE), or Institute of Business Administration.

An international cooperation agreement between WKU and The Jean Moulin University of Lyon (IAE Lyon) was formally recognized Wednesday in Lyon. Pictured are (from left) Ulrike Mayrhofer, director of Ph.D. programs, IAE Lyon; Bob Hatfield, MBA executive coordinator, WKU; Jerome Rive, dean of IAE Lyon; Randy Capps, professor emeritus and MBA faculty, WKU; and Paul-Marc Collin, professor of management, IAE Lyon.

The IAE at Lyon is one of the top French universities for research and training in management.

“We mark this special point in time acknowledging the growing relationship between our two great universities,” Dr. Bob Hatfield, executive coordinator of WKU’s MBA Program, said. “This agreement expands opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions to visit and study in France and the U.S.”

Three WKU educational leadership doctoral students are participating in this week’s International Week activities at the University of Lyon. Forty professors and practitioners from 17 countries around the world meet at Lyon during the January intercession to offer more than 50 seminars on cross-cultural and internationalization issues.

Dr. Randy Capps of WKU’s MBA faculty and Dr. Chris Wagner, professor in WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, are seminar leaders.

Dr. Hatfield said students in the Professional MBA program plan to visit businesses in Lyon next year as part of their program.

Contact: Bob Hatfield, (270) 745-6581.

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