Above, Ben Kahn of MCLA’s Department of Business Administration and SUIBE Vice President Madame Nie Qing Jan (center) hold the 2+2 agreement as SUIBE officials look on. Below middle, (from left) Kahn and MCLA President James F. Birge with SUIBE professors Hao Chen, Jianguo Shan and Jianping Xu during a recent visit. Below bottom: SUIBE exchange students at MCLA.

MCLA, Shanghai University Form 2+2 Program


Over the past decade, MCLA has built a relationship with Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) through a variety of collaborations such as cultural visits, visiting faculty scholars, and student exchanges for semesters abroad at both campuses. And now, with the recent approval of the 2+2 Dual Degree Academic Exchange Program, students from China may earn dual degrees – from both SUIBE and MCLA.

After completing two years at SUIBE, students may continue their studies at our campus as qualifying transfer students, and complete their bachelor’s degree in business administration from MCLA.

According to Dr. Monica Joslin, MCLA dean of academic affairs, after these students return home, they may transfer the credits they earned at MCLA to receive a second degree from SUIBE.

Last December, Ben Kahn of MCLA’s Department of Business Administration, brought MCLA’s signed memorandum of agreement to China, where it was translated into Chinese and reviewed by that country’s minister of education, who approved it on Jan. 10, just one day before Kahn was scheduled to return to the United States.

“This was quite an accomplishment,” Joslin said.

Over the years, Kahn has been instrumental in connecting MCLA with educational and business institutions in China, and is the person who facilitated MCLA’s relationship with SUIBE through his connections and networking endeavors, Joslin said.

In addition to the programs that benefit undergraduates, graduate students in MCLA’s Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program also profit from Kahn’s efforts as they participate in cross cultural educational travel courses to China, and SUIBE’s MBA students spend time at MCLA.

According to Kahn, with its fast-growing major economy, China is a manufacturing and business superpower, as well as a key player in new global politics. The approval of the 2+2 dual degree Academic Exchange Program between MCLA and SUIBE, he said, represents a significant achievement for global education.

“This is a unique contribution to MCLA’s educational platform and for our students,” Kahn said. “Cross cultural and global education are essential elements of education in the 21st century as our students develop an understanding and familiarity with key international players.

“Many substantive skills in business cannot be mastered unless they include a global perspective,” Kahn continued. “These skills are needed for responsible participation in a democratic and diverse society, and in the global community.”

MCLA, Joslin said, has much to offer the SUIBE students.

“A degree from MCLA is advantageous because SUIBE is a school of international business and economics,” she said. “It will be of great benefit as their students take courses in the arts, sciences, and more, on our campus. The critical thinking and problem-solving provided by a liberal arts education will be most beneficial.”

Dr. Nancy Ovitsky, director of MCLA’s Master’s of Business Administration degree program and a professor of business administration and economics, helped to translate some of SUIBE’s courses into corresponding courses at MCLA.

“Our relationship with SUIBE has been a rich and rewarding one as we’ve exchanged faculty and students, and some of us have developed strong friendships with our colleagues at SUIBE,” Ovitsky said.

“The 2+2 program,” Ovitsky continued, “affords us an opportunity to expand and strengthen that relationship, and to provide more opportunities for both institutions’ students and faculty to gain the global understanding and appreciation that is so vital to improving relations among the peoples of the world.”