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Lourdes MBA students to head to China

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This group of Lourdes MBA students and instructors will head to China as part of a global immersion program.

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Lourdes University, following a globalization in action theme, prepares to send a group of graduate students to China to learn Eastern business culture.

A group of 24 Master of Business Administration students will be exposed to different management and leadership styles as part of an international immersion program that is to try to help students become global citizens, spokesman Heather Hoffman said.

The eight-day international immersion begins on May 24.

The group, accompanied by two professors, will interact with business executives and leaders from a mix of business fields. The itinerary includes Beijing United Family Hospital, public relations firm Hill & Knowlton Strategies in Beijing, and Hyundai Corp. manufacturing facility as well as accounting firms and political organizations.

The global class will teach students Chinese culture and history through visits to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, and former imperial palaces.

International immersion trips are part of the two-year MBA program, with students visiting another country in their final year of the program. Students traveled to São Paulo, Brazil in January and to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics. For the 2014-15 school year, the university has trips planned Shanghai, China, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The business program also received a boost for the next school year, with a $250,000 endowment. The College of Business & Leadership at Lourdes announced the establishment of the Larry & Kathy Ulrich Endowed Professorship in Accounting on Monday.

The funds will be used to employ esteemed faculty, enhance professional development opportunities, and expand the Certified Public Accountant Exam preparation courses, officials said.l

The endowment also will be used to establish a $2,000 renewable scholarship for an undergraduate accounting student. The funds were donated by the Ulriches. Larry Ulrich owns LDU Enterprises, a Toledo consulting agency for the credit reporting and collection industry, and Kathleen Ulrich is a local artist active in social and public services.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.

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