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Bentley College Awarded $408,000 Grant from U.S. Department of Education

September 18, 2007

Bentley College was awarded a $408,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a new undergraduate dual IT degree program between Bentley College in the U.S., Tilburg University in the Netherlands and Duesto University in Spain.

The grant, from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) European Union-United States Atlantis Program, will allow both Dutch and U.S. students to also spend a semester at Deusto University in Spain to experience Spanish culture. Between the two institutions, Duesto and Tilburg will share an additional $548,000 grant to implement the European piece of the partnership.

Twenty-four students from each continent will study two years at their home school; one-and-a-half years at the second degree-granting school; and a half-year at the third site. The host institutions offer extensive cultural opportunities in addition to formal classes. Bentley students will gain proficiency in Dutch and Spanish, and European students will be exposed to English and Spanish at all sites. Mary Ann Robbert, associate professor of Information and Process Management at Bentley, was active in the proposal development and will continue to play a lead role.

"Dual-degree programs with international institutions at the undergraduate level provide a crucial opportunity for our students to network with international students," says Nader Asgary, associate provost for International Relations and director of Cronin International Center. "In addition to immersion in all aspects of global higher education, the benefits include two degrees from two different countries, greater job opportunities for our students internationally, and the potential for conducting joint research by our faculty and graduate students."

The U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education provides grants to colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation, and improvement in postsecondary education. The European Union-United States Atlantis Program is a grant competition conducted cooperatively by FIPSE and the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture. The purpose of this competition is to promote a student-centered, transatlantic dimension to higher education and training in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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