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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 partner.
  • 2000 - University of Frankfurt hosts students from the German Business Seminar, and UMass Dartmouth accepts Frankfurt students to the MBA program.
  • 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 freshman year.
  • 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 Dartmouth.
  • 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.