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July 2011


Dean Sartarelli

Globalization is not only a strategic priority of the College of Business and Economics, but it is also a priority outlined by WVU President Dr. Jim Clements for the University's 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future. I am currently involved in a task force that will delineate our path forward on global engagement.

In June, I visited with institutions in Brazil and last week I was in India, where I had the chance to meet with schools of business and discuss with them the opportunity for collaboration and partnership. These opportunities fit perfectly within the scope of our recently announced Stuart M. and Joyce N. Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy 20/21. The center was made possible through a $2 million gift by the Robbins' in May, and could certainly mean student assistantships, partnerships with overseas universities in 'G20' economies in the 21st Century and eventually offering a major in global business.

Globalization also challenges us to maintain a critical balance at B&E and the University. As we look to recruit the best and brightest students and faculty from around the world, we do so as we keep in mind our land grant mission to serve West Virginia and West Virginians. International students and faculty add greatly to the learning experiences and expertise of students and faculty with no regard to their origin. In other words, we all benefit from the creation of a global learning environment.

Just as a great number of West Virginia companies — more than 700 — do business globally, so must we. By globalizing, we are going to increase the chances that as our West Virginia companies go global, they will have sitting across the table from them during business negotiations around the world Brazilian, Russian, Indian, Chinese, global "Mountaineers."

We eagerly anticipate the beginning of the fall semester late next month. Enjoy the informative articles enclosed and the remainder of your summer!


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Jose V. Sartarelli, Ph.D.
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