The inaugural graduates of a new dual degree program between the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and one of the top finance universities in China celebrated their achievement at a special ceremony earlier this month.
“You are pioneers,” President Stuart Rabinowitz told the ten students graduating with BBA degrees from the Zarb School and a Bachelor of Economics from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China. The program, one of the first of its kind in the United States, includes Chinese business and finance courses taught by visiting Dongbei professors at Hofstra, and a six-week summer internship at a multi-national corporation in China.
“The challenge of living and working abroad, of navigating the culture and business practices of another country, of figuring out how to communicate even when you don’t speak the language well – these are experiences and skills that will set you apart, and serve you well no matter what career path you choose,” President Rabinowitz said.
As part of the ceremony, students were given a red stole from Dongbei University presented by Benwei Du, chairman of the university.
““This program came up in every interview I went on, it really made a difference on my resume,” said Anthony Ramdhani, who graduated with a BBA in finance and will soon start a job in that field with MassMutual outside of Boston.
Located in the northeastern port city of Dalian, Dongbei University has an enrollment of about 20,000 students. Hofstra students in the program take all their courses in English, and fluency in Chinese in not required to participate.
The dual degree program is open to students majoring in finance, international business, marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Courses include Cross-Cultural Comparison and Management, International Financial Management and Chinese Economy and Society.
Dalian is a city of about four million people just under an hour by air from Beijing. It is a trading and financial center that has attracted international companies including Microsoft, Nokia, IBM and Intel.
“This program puts our students in a perfect position for the global economy they will be a part of, and it’s clear they value the international experience,” said Zarb School Dean Herman Berliner. “Programs like this, with a global reach, are an essential part of a 21st century business education.”