Seated, from left, are President Bill Ruud; Marie-Helene Wright, international relations coordinator and assistant to the director of La Rochelle Business School; and Dr. Barbara Lyman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Standing, from left, are Mary Burnett, associate dean of students and director of international programs; Dr. John Kooti, dean of the John L. Grove College of Business; and Dr. Anthony Winter, associate dean of Grove College.

SU, French business school sign pact

Representatives from Shippensburg University and La Rochelle International Business School in La Rochelle, France signed an intent agreement April 18 to promote development of joint studies, research and training activities, and other educational programs of mutual interest.

The agreement was signed by Shippensburg President Bill Ruud and Marie-Helene Wright, international relations coordinator and assistant to the director.

“We live in an ever-more globalized world and it is important for our students to have the opportunity to better understand and appreciate that new paradigm,” Ruud said. “This joint agreement will not only allow our students to attend this outstanding business school, but allow their students to attend Shippensburg and our nationally-accredited John L. Grove College of Business.”

Under the agreement, the two institutions agree to cooperate in the exchange of students for either one semester or an entire academic year.

La Rochelle is about three hours southwest from Paris. According to information from the school it ahs 2,300 students, including 400 international students, and has 95 partner universities worldwide including nine in the U.S. It offers a variety of programs including a master of management degree, an international bachelor degree, a bachelor of business degree, a bachelor in hospitality management degree and a master’s degree in tourism.

La Rochelle Business School offers a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and executive business education taught in both English and French, according to its information. The school is a non-profit, independent research and educational institute and a member of the “Grand Ecoles” system. Its programs emphasize internships and international exchange offering students ready access to the huge European job market.

Grove College, established in 1971, is one of the premier business schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Over the last four decades, the college established a tradition of excellence. In 1981, it became the first school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the ninth college overall in Pennsylvania to become internationally accredited by the most prestigious business accrediting agency in the world, AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The college is one of only 24 schools in Pennsylvania and one of approximately 650 worldwide to have earned AACSB International accreditation. Under the guidelines of accreditation, the college is committed to continuous improvement and to meet the educational needs of students, the community and the region.