Clayton State University and Universite de Caen Basse Normandie (“University of Caen”) recently formally tied what Clayton State Director of International Programs John Parkerson refers to as “the partnership knot.”
The Clayton State Office of International Programs hosted a two-person delegation from Clayton State’s French partner institution, University of Caen, from Mar. 29 to Apr. 1. The guests were Christian Deleuze (accompanied by his wife, Mireille), professor of management and international programs director of the University of Caen; and Eve Hilairet, MBA program assistant, Centre Franco Americain, of the University of Caen.
Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes and the French partners signed an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) and an annex that defines the terms for exchanges of Clayton State and Caen students. Faculty exchanges and research collaborations also are anticipated under the MOU.
While at Clayton State, the two French guests from Caen met with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Micheal Crafton, Dean of the School of Business Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, Parkerson, and numerous faculty members from the School of Business. The U. of Caen is capital of the French department (the French equivalent of an American state) of Basse Normandy – a key business and university center that also has great historical significance; among other things, the home of William the Conqueror, proximity to Bayeux and its famous tapestry, and the Normandy 1944 “D-Day” invasion beaches.
Two French students from Caen already have submitted applications for admission to Clayton State’s MBA programs. Crafton plans a visit to Caen during this coming summer.