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Educational Interdependence in the Americas Focus of WIU One-Day Summit in D.C.

April 24, 2002

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Participants in the one-day summit about global demands of international business education paused for a photograph in the Organization of American States Hall of the Americas in Washington, D.C. (Download print-quality image)
Photo of participants in the Organization of American States Hall of the Americas.

MACOMB, IL - - Four administrators from the Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology recently hosted a one-day summit at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. for education, business and government leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The focus of the discussion was on educational interdependence in the Americas and collaborative relationships among education, business and government, according to summit participant Carol Fimmen, director of Global Education within the WIU College of Business and Technology. WIU colleagues participating in the summit included David Beveridge, college dean; Larry Wall, associate dean; and Fred Ebeid, chair of the marketing and finance department.

The summit was an outgrowth of the "Partnerships for the Education of Future Global Business Leaders" conference, which WIU hosted two years ago. That meeting focused on developing a new vision for higher education that would impact on policies regarding international business education and the demands of the new global markets as well as examining issues related to consortium development and the benefits of business and governmental alliances, Fimmen said.

"It was the overwhelming consensus that the partnerships conference was a success and that the dialogue should continue," she added. "The summit was organized to expand on these topics and develop ideas for the 2003 conference."

Participants in the summit included representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Department of Education, the American Council on Education, Canadian embassy, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the American Association of Community Colleges, Venture Capital Experts, NAFIN (Mexican Development Bank), the Inter-American Development Bank, the Ibero American Chamber of Commerce, Western Kentucky University and Southeastern Louisiana University.

For more information about international business initiatives, contact Fimmen, WIU Global Education office, 309.298-2357.

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