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Tippie College Expands Its International Opportunities

The University of Iowa will become the credit- and degree-granting institution for the Consortium of Universities for International Studies effective Aug. 1, 2008. This program provides an undergraduate study abroad opportunity as well as an international MBA at the Consortium Institute for Management and Business Analysis (CIMBA) headquartered in Asolo, Italy.

The program offers Iowa the chance to greatly increase its study abroad programming and provides intriguing opportunities for collaborations that can enhance the leadership components of the Tippie College's domestic MBA and undergraduate programs.

"We are delighted that we have the opportunity to offer expanded international opportunities for our students and to broaden the global footprint of the Tippie College,"  says William C. (Curt) Hunter, dean of the Tippie College of Business.

Gary Gaeth, former associate dean of the Tippie School of Management and professor of marketing, will serve as the interim faculty director of the CIMBA program effective Aug. 1, for a period of two years. In this role, Gaeth will complete the work with the CIMBA staff and relevant UI offices and oversee the full transition of the program to The University of Iowa, establishing the foundation for CIMBA's future growth and success. In addition, he will work closely with the Tippie College Undergraduate Programs Office and UI Study Aboard staff to coordinate the large study abroad activities of CIMBA and with the Tippie School of Management staff to integrate the CIMBA MBA program into the College's portfolio of international executive MBA programs.

Mary Spreen, director of the Hong Kong International EMBA and the collaborative EMBA in Beijing with Peking University, has been instrumental in aligning CIMBA programs with those of the Tippie College and is currently stewarding the move of CIMBA employees affiliated with the University of Kansas to The University of Iowa. Spreen will continue her work with CIMBA as program director for the consortium at The University of Iowa.

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