The University of Toledo and the Sadat Academy for Management Sciences (SAMS) in Cairo, Egypt, entered into an agreement in May through which UT’s College of Business Administration (COBA) will provide a masters in business administration program on-site and via video-conferencing in Cairo, Egypt beginning in Fall, 2010.
Participating in the signing were UT President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs and SAMS President Dr. Ahmed M. Youssef as well as COBA Dean Thomas Gutteridge.
Courses will be taught by UT COBA and qualified SAMS faculty and students will graduate with an MBA degree from The University of Toledo.
“The University of Toledo and the Sadat Academy of Management Sciences are excited to collaborate to promote the development of joint studies, research, training activities and educational programs of mutual interest,” Dr. Jacobs said.
Dr. Youssef observed, “This is a point of light for the Academy as we introduce an unique program to the Egyptian market, where many students will be interested.”
“UT College of Business Administration and the Sadat Academy of Management Sciences realize that both business and academia need to effectively function in a true global community,” noted UT COBA Dean Thomas Gutteridge. “Opportunities such as this will ultimately help both universities better prepare the ethical business leaders of tomorrow.”
“The Egyptian students are very anxious to improve their education, and this partnership is a major step, especially because UT COBA is accredited by the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)” noted Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Ibrahim, SAMS Vice President for Education Affairs. “This will mean better preparation for better jobs, providing them a competitive advantage in a global marketplace.”
UT and SAMS entered into an agreement in Fall, 2009 through which SAMS students are already taking courses for their bachelors in business administration degrees. Students take their first two years of study at SAMS, then complete their coursework either at UT COBA, or through distance learning and classes taught by COBA faculty in Cairo.
“UT COBA seriously pursues its mission of developing lifelong leaders for the world of business, and this agreement further demonstrates how we strive to be the preferred learning partner for students and the business community worldwide,” Gutteridge said.