Sichuan University has entered a formal agreement with Arizona State University and Korea’s Woosong University to launch an accelerated degree program for an international Master’s in “Finance and Management in Asia and the US.” The signing ceremony was held at Woosong University on November 9th. SCU Vice President Yan Shijing, Arizona State Vice Provost Stefanie Lindquist, and Chairman of Woosong College, Kim Sung Kyung, served as signatories representing their respective institutions at the ceremony.
The three-way agreement was drawn up between SCU’s Business School, Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business, and the SolBridge International School of Business of Woosong University. Together, the three universities have drafted a plan for a 1+1+1 degree program, meaning students will spend a year at each university in turn to complete their international Master’s, allowing not only for a diverse academic experience at three separate institutions strong in the fields of international business and finance; students joining the program will also have the opportunity to reap the benefits of a rich cross-cultural experience and exposure to two foreign languages. The program will offer advantageous conditions to its students; in addition, they can simultaneously earn degrees from all three institutions. The program will begin enrolling students in all schools in 2018.
Vice President Yan Shijing gave a short speech at the signing ceremony, stressing that this was the first time SCU signed a joint Master’s degree program agreement established between three universities. In the course of jointly running Woosong’s and Arizona State’s Confucius Institutes over the past ten years, Sichuan University has continued to build mutual trust and develop a fruitful working relationship with its US and Korean partner universities. Vice President Yan expressed his hopes that the three universities would make use of the opportunity of establishing this new program to continue the important work of promoting comprehensive, in-depth cooperation on all sides.
Vice Provost Stefanie Lindquist was satisfied with the all-round favourable agreement the three universities had reached in a short amount of time and looks forward to Chinese and Korean students coming to Arizona State to study at the W. P. Carey School of Business.
President and Vice Chancellor of Woosong University, John Endicott, expressed his best wishes for the success of the joint program. Representatives from SCU’s Graduate School, Business School, and International Office attended the signing ceremony.