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April 2001

Release Date: April 23, 2001

Education Department Awards ASU $152,000 for International Business Program

Angelo State University has received a two-year $152,610 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a "Global Trade and Business Education Initiative" to support the university's international business curriculum, to enhance the educational experience of students in the program and to provide community education on international business and trade issues.

Project director for the grant is Dr. Sharynn M. Tomlin, coordinator of ASU's International Studies Programs and a member of the business administration faculty.

The major goals are to (1) expand the international business curriculum to prepare students to compete in the global environment; (2) support faculty research and study of international issues to enhance their knowledge relevant to their disciplines; (3) support programs to improve the international skills of ASU students and enhance their competitiveness in the global job market; and (4) develop more linkages for students, faculty and the West Texas community with the world. The university will pursue 18 different projects to accomplish those goals over the next two years.

"This grant," Tomlin said, "is recognition of the strength and quality of the university's International Studies Programs. What we are doing in San Angelo is preparing our students for success anywhere in the world. That is an important task in a global economy and a responsibility that progressive universities like ASU are taking seriously."

ASU currently has agreements for summer or academic year programs at universities in France, Germany, Greece, Mexico and Scotland. Under the grant, the university will also seek an agreement and an exchange program with a university in Costa Rica.

The grant is funded through the Department of Education's Business and International Education Program, which maintains a strong business focus in its awards process.

In addition to the student and faculty development aspects of the grant, the university will conduct several activities for the benefit of the public. These will include sponsoring a "Doing Business in Canada and Mexico" seminar; initiating a spring symposium on international issues for the community; developing an on-line assistance program for secondary teachers in public schools to infuse the curriculum with international business issues; and working with the International Trade Office to help support its mission of community service.

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