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ASU, Canadian university agree to partnership


September 17, 2007

ASU’s School of Global Management and Leadership has signed an agreement of mutual cooperation with Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier, a Waterloo-based university that is home to more than 13,000 full- and part-time students attending seven different colleges and schools.

The partnership agreement is designed to encourage contact and cooperation between faculty members, departments, and other affiliated institutes and programs.

“This is a very important first step in establishing a true partnership on many levels with a premier Canadian university,” says Gary Waissi, dean of the School of Global Management and Leadership. “We have always been most interested in collaborative efforts, and there are many opportunities all over the world. But we have to look north, too, because Canada is such an important resource of information and expertise for Phoenix, for Arizona and for ASU.”

Included in the agreement with Wilfrid Laurier’s School of Business and Economics is the promise of cooperative arrangements in the fields of research, teaching and collaboration, as well as the exchange of faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students for research and study.

Waissi made a note of language in the agreement that will lead to the development of professional and continuing education courses, as well as programs to benefit students and faculty in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

“These programs are extremely important to our two institutions, faculty and, of course, our students,” Waissi says. “The chance to study in a global environment offers a multicultural experience, which helps to provide the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to successfully compete in international business and the global economy.

“We have to embrace the globalization of business, and that is why these types of agreements and partnerships with an outstanding university such as Wilfrid Laurier University are important. We have to be where the opportunities and the resources are.”