Grant aids globalization efforts
Sept. 18, 2009
KALAMAZOO--The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $175,000 Business and International Education competitive grant to three faculty members in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.
The two-year grant will be used to support the activities of Project EDGE--Enhancing and Developing Global Expertise.
Project EDGE co-directors
Project EDGE is being implemented under the aegis of the Global Business Center. The project builds upon the college's efforts to internationalize its curriculum, faculty and students and to better understand international business practices.
A related project aim is to strengthen the competitive edge of WMU academicians and southwest Michigan businesses through an improved understanding of the complexities of conducting business in Southeast Asia, especially as it relates to exporting, sourcing and supply-chain initiatives.
Project EDGE is primarily interested in the countries represented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which seeks to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in its 10-member region as well as promote regional peace and stability.
ASEAN was founded in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Vietnam also have joined the association.
With the Department of Education grant money, Project EDGE will specifically focus on:
The rigorous study abroad programs being planned will center on the countries of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. They will be open to select businesspersons as well as students and faculty members from WMU.
To accomplish its objectives, Project EDGE will be collaborating with a variety of partner groups. They include the Haworth College of Business Advisory Board, which is composed of representatives of 30 area companies, and overseas institutions such as the Center for American Education in Singapore, Kasetsart University in Bangkok, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia, both in Kuala Lumpur.
For more information, contact Zahir Quraeshi at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 387-6093.
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