by Barbara Black
Concordia will direct an educational project on Internet-based
transactions that is being financed by $194,000 from Human Resources Development
Professor Gregory Kersten, of the John Molson School of Business, will
head the project, part of the Canada-European Community Program for Cooperation
in Higher Education and Training.
The three-year project will provide virtual training to about 4,000 students
from eight institutions. Four are Canadian universities Concordia,
Carleton, Laval and Ottawa and four are in the European Community.These
are the University of Vienna (Austria), the University of Thessaloniki
(Greece), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and the Royal Institute of Technology
(Sweden). Each of the eight institutions brings special expertise to the
project. Concordias strength is an academic program that is strong
in e-business systems and e-business management.
Each school will offer its own existing courses, but when applicable,
these may be offered in another language (e.g. English). Some courses
will also be upgraded to incorporate cross-cultural and international
perspectives. Where possible, information technology (IT) will be part
of the course delivery.
Along with the training, the Euro-Can project includes a practicum that
will give 142 selected students the opportunity to work in a trans-Atlantic
company. It is hoped that marketing the program to business communities
in the host countries will contribute to the projects sustainability
by the end of its third year.
The benefits for students include the valuable opportunity of working
and learning in a foreign environment, participating in virtual projects
with students from other countries, and working on interdisciplinary assignments.
Faculty involved in the project will also benefit from the cross-border
Professor Balbir Sahni, director of the Centre for International Academic
Cooperation, added that Concordia will gain prestige and a higher international
profile as a result of its leadership in this project.