Clayton State University’s Office of International Programs and the College of Business recently hosted a U.S. Department of State - sponsored delegation from Senegal. The Senegalese delegation was visiting Atlanta to explore international business school models.
Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, Jr., Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, dean of the AACSB-accredited College of Business at Clayton State, and John E. Parkerson, Jr., Clayton State University director of the Office of International Programs, and a professor in the College of Business, welcomed the delegation from Senegal’s largest private business school, High Institute of Management (Institut Supérieur de Management, or “ISM”), providing them with an overview of Clayton State and the College of Business’ international business school “model.”
“They were particularly interested in discussing best practices in university administration, curriculum quality management, distance learning, international exchange, and university accreditation,” Parkerson says. “In return, we learned more about similar practices at ISM and began exploring whether there might be opportunities for future collaborations between our two institutions.”
ISM was established in the capital of Senegal, Dakar, in 1992 with 25 students. It currently has 3,000 students from 30 countries and 100 faculty members. Visiting Clayton State were: Mbaye Amar, director of programs; Dr. Awa Yade, dean of doctoral studies; and Dr. Abdarahmane Kane, director of external relations.
Parkerson says that the meeting at Clayton State was a productive one and that many areas of common interest were identified. Parkerson and Dr. Ali Dadpay, director of Clayton State’s MBA program both stated after the meeting that they look forward to continued discussions between ISM and the College of Business, and to possible collaborations between the two.