Ocu Takes Additional Step toward `Exporting Education' / Signs Contract with Singapore Institute

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A contract with the Singapore Management Institute has been signed by Oklahoma City University to teach a new masters in busin ess administration program, it was announced Tuesday by Dr. Jerald C. Walker, OCU president.

The program, another step in OCU's "export of education," will include about 10 OCU faculty members and about 50 Singapore students in the first group, said Walker, who announced the program to theRotary Club of Oklahoma City.

The students will work partly in Oklahoma City and partly at home, he said.

"The students will come to Oklahoma City this summer for about a month," said Walker. "Then they will return home, where they will work on their projects, and our faculty will go there to lecture. It will take about five or six trips over about two years for them to get their masters."

This is this OCU's third joint program with the People's Republic of China. Last April, OCU agreed with the Ministry of Finance to teach an MBA program at Tinajin, China, for faculty members of 21 colleges and high schools in the Shenzhen economic zone.

OCU faculty members just returned from China after the first part of that program. Eventually, their students will come to OCU for their comprehensives.

In addition, OCU has an affiliation with Shenzen University to collaborate on research programs and to exchange academic papers, books and other publications.

OCU is the only university in the United States offering an MBA degree program in mainland China, Walker told the Rotary Club. A previous announcement, concerning another school that was offering aprogram there, was wrong, he said.

The programs in China are just part of the overall connection between OCU and the Far Eastern countries, Walker said.

"We now have 13 sister schools and universities in the Far East," he said, "including Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and mainland China.

"We call this exporting education. No one talks about education in terms of exporting, but we should.

"Our chief competitors in the Far East include the University of Southern California, Stanford, Kentucky, Ohio and Johns Hopkins. …