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Western College of Business and Dijon, France Agreement Signing (Photo ID below)

Business College Signs Exchange Agreement with France

December 21, 2004

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois UniversityÂ’s Center for International Studies (CIS) announced a new exchange agreement between WesternÂ’s College of Business and Technology (CBT) and the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, France.

Nathalie Cureau, international exchange coordinator for the Burgundy School of Business, was on campus Dec. 6-8 for meetings, tours and the signing of the agreement. The first exchange is planned for Fall 2005.

The exchange agreement calls for one Western student - - undergraduate or graduate - - in business to spend the fall semester in Dijon. While the classes are taught in English, the exchange student must have at least an intermediate knowledge of French.

Located some 180 miles from Paris, Dijon, famous for its mustard, is the capital city of Burgundy, which is known for historic architecture, rich culture and fine food and wine.

“We are very pleased that we were able to finalize the agreement between Dijon and Western Illinois University. Under this agreement, faculty and students from WIU will be able to study in France and their faculty and students can study here,” said Tom Tomlinson, director of the CIS.

“The Center for International Studies has negotiated other new agreements to help internationalize our campus. These include Bilkent University in Turkey and Ewha Women’s University and SKKU, both in Korea. Such exchanges provide wonderful opportunities to learn of other cultures and promote our global mission around the world,” Tomlinson added.

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Front (L-R) Fred Ebeid, CBT dean; Tej Kaul, chair of WesternÂ’s information management and decision sciences department; President Al Goldfarb; Nathalie Cureau; Carol Fimmen, director of the CBT Global Education office; Chris Ramsey, CBT academic adviser.

Back (L-R) Larry Wall, CBT associate dean; Murali Venugopalan, CIS associate director; Tom Tomlinson, CIS director; and Morris Vos, chair of WesternÂ’s foreign languages and literatures department.

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