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Business School Inks Deal with Japanese University

As part of its efforts to increase international relationships and focus on global partnerships, the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration has signed an agreement with Tokyo’s Rikkyo University College of Business to establish a formal faculty and student exchange program.

Under the agreement, Duquesne undergraduate and graduate students will have opportunities to study in English at Rikkyo University for a semester or for a year, or to take an intensive summer program. All of the programs are for full credit and will focus on marketing, finance and business. The exchange program is set to begin in April.

Duquesne faculty members will also have the opportunity to travel to Rikkyo for research collaborations and teaching experiences.

“The partnership with Rikkyo University is one piece of the puzzle that we will be constructing over the next two years,” said Dr. Alan Miciak, dean of the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration. “It is perfectly reasonable to expect that every graduate in the school of business will have some form of international experience.”

Another important goal of the Duquesne-Rikkyo partnership is a desire to tap into the knowledge base that the Japanese have to offer.

“There is little doubt that the Japanese have had a major impact on management and business practices globally,” said Miciak. “But conversely, Rikkyo University is highly motivated to learn from us as well.”

The school of business anticipates building additional partnerships with schools around the globe, including institutions in Europe and South America. Miciak hopes to enroll 30 students in the program within two years and growing that number in subsequent years.

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