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Bentley Receives $200,000 U.S. Department of Education Grant For Undergraduate Student Exchanges in Brazil and Texas

September 18, 2007


Bentley College was awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for undergraduate student exchanges of one year or more with institutions in Brazil and Texas. The grant, part of Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) U.S.- Brazil Higher Education Consortia, will allow students to study in Portuguese at one of two schools in Brazil: the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Paraná. The partner institution in Texas is the University of Texas-Pan American. Bentley Professor of Management Hans Thamhain and Joao Resende-Santos, associate professor of International Studies at Bentley, assisted in the proposal development and will be active in implementation.

"The award provides a framework for expanding on 10 years of existing cooperative efforts between Bentley and the University of São Paulo that include joint educational programs, student and faculty exchanges, and joint research," says Thamhain.

"The grant will support our students and faculty to study, teach and conduct research with one of our international strategic partners in Latin America," adds Nader Asgary, associate provost for International Relations and director of Cronin International Center. "It was our intent to bring funds to enhance the existing relationship that professors Thamhain and Resende-Santos have built. We are delighted to receive such a competitive award."

While the program seeks to enhance many aspects of global business education and cross-cultural enrichment, the common curriculum and student programs will focus on the management of technology, including information technology. It will integrate coursework and practice, including bi-national classroom learning and global service-learning to provide cross-cultural business knowledge and the skills to solve real-world business problems.

Modules include: Curricular Cooperation, Student Exchanges and Outreach to the Broader Community. The program also includes interning, conferencing and various forms of experiential learning with organizations such as the Massachusetts High-Tech Council, Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Administration, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, and the Bentley Entrepreneurial Study Program.

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 U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia, jointly administered by FIPSE and the Brazilian Ministry of Education, provides grants for up to four years to consortia of at least two academic institutions each from Brazil and the United States. The program fosters the exchange of students and faculty within the context of bilateral curricular development.

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

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