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NMSU to offer MBA by distance ed to China and Mexico

The College of Business Administration and Economics at New Mexico State University has developed a partnership with universities in China and Mexico to provide distance education to graduate students in those countries.



Dr. Wayne Headrick, professor and director of Business Computer Systems. (NMSU photo)

Recently, the business college signed contracts with the Northern China Jiaotong University and the China Academy of Railway Sciences in Beijing, China, and the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Under this program, New Mexico State faculty will be able to travel to these cities to teach courses in the MBA program and send instruction through WebCT, an online course management tool said Wayne Headrick, director and professor of Business Computer Systems. All classes will be in English.

The China project allows students to take one course per month. Professors will travel to Beijing and spend four intensive days there each month. This will be the only face-to-face contact students will have with their instructors. Faculty traveling to Mexico will teach four weekends a semester in Chihuahua, while students attend NMSU one weekend a semester.

Class sizes are limited to 30 to 40 students in China and 25 to 30 students in Mexico. The partnership with China is for a year and is available for renewal, and the one for Mexico is for five years.

Kevin Boberg, associate dean of the college of business, said the programs will have a positive domino effect.

"We are seeing residual benefits such as co-op programs," Boberg said. "They will create faculty involvement, 12 new graduate assistantships, and they will help internationalize the university. They will also lay a foundation for other MBA distance education programs in New Mexico."

Headrick added that the program will benefit not only students but also the faculty.

"Because of the kinds of students in these classes, I believe our faculty will be able to greatly benefit because of the contacts they will make," he said.

The China program is designed to be completed in one year and the one in Mexico is designed to be completed in two years. The program is expected to be launched by the end of summer 2003.

About $2 million is expected to be garnered from tuition fees from both contracts.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/headrick_wayne.jpg.
CUTLINE: Dr. Wayne Headrick, professor and director of Business Computer Systems. (NMSU photo)

Jeany Llorente
Nov. 15, 2002