On October 22, Rollins College became the 11th member of the International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS).
Rollins is the third U.S. institution, along with North Carolina State University and Northeastern University, to join this consortium.
Established in 1974, IPBS is a consortium of leading business schools located in the U.S., Ireland, U.K., Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil. IPBS stresses the importance of students having the opportunity to live, study, and work in another country as part of their business program—developing language fluency and cultural and business competence.
Associate Professor of International Business Marc Fetscherin, Dean of the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management and President of IPBS Ira Weiss, and Dean of Arts and Sciences Bob Smither signed the official membership at the annual IPBS meeting held in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Rollins’ first dual degree program started in 2012 in collaboration with Reutlingen University in Germany. Designed to offer one of the most comprehensive international business programs available, the Rollins/Reutlingen partnership allows students to graduate with two bachelor’s degrees in four years with an understanding of the global marketplace, fluency in English and German, and practical business skills acquired during the semester long, full-time, international internship in Germany.
“We are very privileged to be part of such a prestigious group of schools from all over the world,” Associate Professor of International Business Marc Fetscherin says. “The consortium is limiting the number of U.S. schools to less than 5 and we are happy to make the cut. IPBS provides enormous opportunities for our students to study and work abroad as well as for faculty to engage in cross-cultural research.”
More information about Rollins’ international business dual degree program can be found at rollins.edu/international-programs/programs/germany-dual-degree.html.