IU’s Kelley School Partners with Chinese University in Dual Degree Program

One of the state’s leading educational assets for the business community, IU’s Kelley School of Business, has now added to its impressive offerings by partnering with a leading Chinese University to offer dual degrees. A release from IU has more:

A new agreement between the Kelley School of Business and a leading Chinese university promises to open up new learning opportunities for students and faculty from both institutions.

More than two years in the making, the new Undergraduate Dual Degree Program between Kelley Indianapolis and the Business School, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSBS) continues the strong partnerships between IUPUI and one of the premier business and health science universities in China.

The alliance initially provides opportunities for Chinese students to enroll at Kelley Indianapolis for two years after completing the first two years of business school at Sun Yat-sen. Participating students then can graduate with degrees from both institutions and invaluable knowledge of both the Chinese and U.S. business cultures.

“Indiana University and IUPUI continue to expand these international partnerships tobetter enhance the global reputation of the schools and the programs,” said Ken Carow, associate dean for research and programs at Kelley Indianapolis. “The Kelley School of Business has been one of the leaders in creating these opportunities and looking for strong partners with an already strong reputation.”

Carow and Philip Cochran, associate dean of Indianapolis operations, visited China in June to attend a ceremonial signing ceremony with Sun Yat-sen administrators.

"This dual degree program will surely provide a precious and peculiar opportunity which will soon become popular to our top-talented students seeking the latest knowledge from the world-class, top-notch faculty at Kelley and IUPUI," said Zhongfei Li, executive dean and head of Sun Yat-sen.

Carow envisioned the alliance as benefitting Kelley and Indianapolis on several fronts.  Chinese students will gain important exposure to the U.S. business climate while also helping regional business partners better understand opportunities to expand business and talent into China. The IUPUI campus will become more internationalized, which will help students learn and appreciate the growing global connection between U.S. and Chinese business.

Finally, faculty at both universities will be afforded opportunities to serve as visiting professors and collaborate and expand research projects in the future.

“This will help create a better understanding of what will be the largest economy in world. It will be extremely helpful to the students,” Carow said. The growing relationships between Chinese and Indiana businesses will require future graduates to carry skills to effectively do business in China, and other global destinations, he added.

Kelley Indianapolis officials hope to expand the program to include study abroad opportunities in the future. The first Chinese students are expected to enroll for the Fall 2012 semester, and preliminary predictions are for 10-25 students to participate.

Sun Yat-sen University has been recognized as the official sister school for IUPUI and has similar alliances with other academic units on the campus.

Indiana Schools Making an Impact at the Brickyard

As I wrote recently in BizVoice magazine, Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) has an incredibly unique offering in its Motorsports Engineering bachelor’s program. Now, the school is once again partnering with Sarah Fisher Racing in this year’s Indianapolis 500, in which SFR driver Ed Carpenter hopes to parlay an eighth position start into a delicious bottle of milk at the finish line:

As Sarah Fisher Racing (SFR) proudly debuts its new driver Ed Carpenter at the famed 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, there’s another relationship the team is happy to continue developing—namely, a partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

“We so appreciate the support IUPUI has shown throughout our team’s history,” said Sarah Fisher, team owner. “IUPUI has been a loyal sponsor of our team since I started as driver/owner in 2008, and I’m thrilled to have them backing us as Ed takes the wheel this season.”

Beyond a traditional sponsorship, this relationship is truly something special.

Once a student herself in the Engineering Dual Degree Program through the Purdue School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI and Butler University, Fisher has continued to give back to the school by visiting campus to talk with undergraduate students about her experiences in the motorsports industry. And students in IUPUI’s Motorsports Engineering Program – the only program in the nation to offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Motorsports Engineering – continue to sharpen their engineering skills and motorsports savvy through internships with the team each year.

Purdue University is also a factor in this year’s race, showcasing the school’s engineering prowess by partnering with HVM Racing.

Purdue University and HVM Racing have partnered for the Indianapolis 500. The relationship will bring the HVM team advanced engineering technologies in aerodynamics, manufacturing and advanced materials, providing opportunities for Purdue students and faculty to participate in motorsports with HVM.

“HVM Racing is one of IndyCar’s leading competitors with 2010 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year driver Simona de Silvestro and one of her premier teams in the IZOD IndyCar Series,” said James Caruthers, the Reilly Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Keith Wiggins, president of HVM Racing, said, “This relationship with Purdue enables HVM to work with one of the premier engineering schools in the U.S. to exploit the latest technological innovations in aerodynamics, advanced materials and manufacturing, as well as being able to interact with bright, fresh-thinking Purdue students in a variety of ways for the future.”

Innovative Approach Keeps Kelley School Students Engaged When Class is Out

The following is a guest blog by Philip Cochran, associate dean of Indianapolis operations for the Kelley School of Business:

The recent ice storm tested the resolve of businesses all across the Midwest. Some fared better than others when battling the elements to deliver their goods or services without affecting the bottom line.

In higher education, however, the concept of losing nearly a week of class time presents a unique challenge: How do you keep students on track without diminishing the return on the investment for their education?

Thankfully, many students at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis never had cause for concern. The ongoing commitment by faculty to online education and alternative teaching methods allowed for mostly business as usual, despite the closure of the IUPUI campus for three days.

Faculty members — both at the undergraduate and graduate levels — prepared for the storm by providing students access to software designed for video conferencing, online lectures and other hi-tech teaching tools. Some fought power outages and travel restrictions to keep their classes on schedule and student groups moving ahead as planned.

Kelley Indianapolis caters to many non-traditional students, many with families and child-care concerns during such a weather event. The safety of students became top priority, but fulfilling their professional commitment to these dedicated students rang loudly as well for instructors.

If the early response from students is any indication, they also greatly appreciated the opportunity to make progress using this technology. Many simply didn’t want to miss class.

One student told his instructor, “I actually prefer the online lecture format. I think it’s much more interactive, and I got a lot more out of it.”

Another student referred to the last-minute classroom conferencing as “a handy and workable alternative, and all things considered, a more lively and engaging forum than I expected.”

Faculty members are quick to point out the success of these methods requires a strong commitment to achievement among students — something in heavy supply among Kelley students.

This educational experience would not have been as successful without the talented and driven faculty and students who make up Kelley’s Indianapolis campus. Their diligence and commitment to excellence continue to impress each and every day.

In a time when more and more demands are placed on students and their families, this experience reflects positively on the Kelley school, those who help it earn its reputation and the impressive business minds of tomorrow.

Still a Chance for Civility in Politics?

Though we’re now more than a month past the November elections, I still get the jitters when I turn on the television and see what looks like the potential for a political advertisement. I’m probably not the only one, either, following a particularly negative campaign season.

One of the biggest complaints heard about the election was the overabundance of negative political campaigns. Instead of hearing about what the candidate was actually going to do while in office, most just slammed their opponents – in print, television on the radio. After a while, you start to relate the candidates’ tactics to those you might see in a high school campaign for class president, except these political campaigns are for the men and women that will be deciding things like how much we’re going to pay in taxes. Yikes.

This growing trend of incivility in politics has not gone unnoticed. In fact, a study of this trend was recently released by the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College, co-authored by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Associate Professor of Political Science Michael R. Wolf.

The most recent phase of the study, which was conducted during the last four days before the November election, shows that Americans are calling the atmosphere “increasingly nasty” and potentially harmful for continued democracy in our country. But, the study says, the good news is that a large majority see the potential for passionate and respectful campaigning in the future.

A little less than half (46%) of the registered voters who were surveyed said that the 2010 election was “the most negative” they’d ever seen and 63% of responders said politics had become less civil since President Barack Obama took office – though the responders blamed different sources. Whatever the cause, 64% of study responders said the current tone of politics is unhealthy for our democracy, with 17% saying the tone is healthy and 14% saying it has little impact.

While these numbers indicate the harmful effects of negative campaigning, it turns out that nine out of 10 registered voters are actually optimistic that candidates can conduct aggressive, but respectful, campaigns.

It seems we will just have to wait until the next election rolls around to find out if the candidates themselves are optimistic that respectful campaigning works. Here’s hoping they figure it out, so I can relax next time I flip on the tube.