President Wilson hosts Minister Corts to sign the UMass system and Hessen exchange agreement
Brief History of UMD/Hessen Relationship
1997- First German Business Seminar - partially funded from a
grant from DAAD.Program designed and taught by Professor Joseph
Bronstad of the Foreign Literature and Language Department and
Professor Richard Golen of the Management Department. Six week program.
One month at the Dartmouth campus - students studied International
Business and German Language and Culture in an intense setting.
Students then spent two weeks visiting German corporations (hosted by
UMD alumni) as well as cultural and historical sites.
1998 - 2002 German Business Seminar offered in 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001 and 2002. Twenty percent of students who participated in the
seminar went on to study abroad in Germany.
1999 - Professor Bronstad and Dr. Manfred Nettenkoven of DAAD
discuss potential expansion of German Business Seminar Program and
identify potential partner universities. Later that year a pivotal
meeting is held between Professor Bronstad and Erika Mueller-Blass from
the Education Ministry in Hessen to discuss a potential partnership
between UMass Dartmouth and the Universities of the State of Hessen.
Initially, the University of Frankfurt is identified as an initial
2000 - University of Frankfurt hosts students from the German
Business Seminar, and UMass Dartmouth accepts Frankfurt students to the
2001 - The Charlton College of Business establishes an
International Business Certificate program to encourage business
students to study foreign language as well as to study abroad. In the
summer, the fist two UMass Dartmouth students participate in the Hessen
International Summer University program in Marburg. In the fall, a
group of CCB freshmen are invited to participate in the ISU program for
summer of 2002 and begin to take first year German during their
2002 - First group of UMass Dartmouth international business
certificate students attend the ISU program in Marburg. A delegation
from UMD, including Chancellor MacCormack visit the University of
Kassel. President Postlep of the University of Kassel visits UMass
2003 - Continuation of discussions with the University of Kassel to
include potential faculty exchanges and internships. First participants
from the College of Engineering go to the ISU program, including
Professor Steve Nardone from Electrical Engineering. UMass Dartmouth
Students participate in the ISU programs at Marburg, Frankfurt and
Kassel. Professor Clyde Barrow teaches a summer seminar at the
University of Marburg. Professor Richard Golen is invited, by President
Postlep, to spend a sabbatical at the University of Kassel.
2004 - First International Business Certificate student has an
internship at a division of Volkswagen arranged by a graduate of the
University of Kassel. UMass Dartmouth students participate at Fulda for
the first time.
September 20, 2004 - Formal agreement between the University of
Massachusetts and the Universities of the State of Hessen signed.