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Beyond the Classroom and Into the National Culture
August 26, 2010   
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Tiffin University (TU) has been offering the MBA program in its campuses for over 20 years. In 2002, in Romania, TU started to offer a seated MBA program in partnership with the University of Bucharest. TU has expanded over the last eight years and now offers its MBA and BBA programs in Prague, CR and even further afield, in Taipei, Taiwan. Plans are also underway to initiate the MBA in Poznan. This program expansion did not occur without its share of growing pains. Fortunately, by working closely with its international partners, TU was able to “turn growing pains into growth opportunities.”

The TU teaching model is unique and is an illustration of the maxim that necessity is the mother of invention. Early on it became apparent that in addition to an American style education, TU’s overseas students were also seeking an identity that would:
- Distinguish them in their home country as belonging to a prestigious institution
- Add value to their degrees in the global workplace
- Be part of a recognizable “brand” and
- Keep them rooted in the European Union while reaping the benefits of an American business degree program.

TU sought to find ways to accommodate the students’ needs. TU professors used their classrooms as laboratories to address these concerns and issues, giving students the opportunity to assist in finding solutions to their concerns.

As a result of its membership in the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), TU was able to team with the European Council for Business Education (ECBE) to become the first American University to receive the agency’s accreditation for an international site. This has been of immense practical value to individual students and to the program as a whole. The dual ACBSP and ECBE accreditation has solved a “sticky” issue for TU students and graduates overseas. The reason they joined the TU program was specifically because of its American teaching style: active learning, which includes team projects, case study analyses and other collaborative learning activities. On the other hand, they live and work within the parameters of European Union regulations and guidelines. The students appreciate the fact that TU did not take a nationalistic approach to the issue but instead took the initiative to obtain a European accreditation to add to its American ACBSP accreditation.
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