Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Three Universities, Three Continents, One Course

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Three Universities, Three Continents, One Course

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The dwindling relevance of Europe as a graduate destination is one of the reasons for the launch of a four-year bachelor's programme awarded by three universities on three different continents.

Bocconi University in Milan, the University of Southern California and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology collectively have created the world bachelor in business degree, which will accept an initial cohort of 45 students for entry in 2013-14.

Stefano Caselli, Bocconi's vice-rector for international affairs, told Times Higher Education that an increasing number of the university's graduates were looking to Asia and Brazil for work, making it ever more crucial to offer its students international experience.

"Europe is a good location but it's up and down (economically). Other areas are becoming more and more important," he said.

There have been other double- or triple-accredited courses before, but this is thought to be the first time a full BA has been run and awarded by three institutions, Professor Caselli said.

Graduates, who would be awarded a degree by each one of the universities, would enjoy a "competitive advantage", he said. …

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