January 27, 2005

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Terrance Calloway Student Assistant

Valdosta State University to Partner with a German universitythrough the Georgia WebMBA Program

The University System of Georgia and Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Bernburg, Germany have joined to use a web-based platform for online instruction. Valdosta State University will participate in this global alliance as one of the five members of the Georgia WebMBA consortium. Under the agreement, Anhalt and Georgia WebMBA faculty will work together to develop common projects and teach comparable courses providing Anhalt students with U.S. business skills and global market skills to Georgia WebMBA students.

The agreement was signed by Daniel S. Papp, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academics & Fiscal Affairs for the University System of Georgia, and Dr. Dieter Orzessek, president of Anhalt University. ?The Georgia WebMBA program has been a cutting edge MBA program ever since it was put into place several years ago by five universities in the University System of Georgia,? said Papp. ? The ground work was laid for the agreement during the summer of 2004 when graduate students from Anhalt University and the Georgia WebMBA worked virtually in teams and engaged in an exchange program as part of a global business course.

The Georgia WebMBA program is a cooperative venture of five institutions within the University System of Georgia: Valdosta State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia College & State University, Kennesaw State University, and the University of West Georgia. U.S. News and World Report recognizes the Georgia WebMBA as one of the world's best online MBA programs. The Georgia WebMBA program is internationally accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In its fifth cohort cycle, the Georgia WebMBA program attracts students from all over the United States. For additional information about the Georgia WebMBA program, contact Dr. Ralph Allen at (229) 245-2243 or rcallen@valdosta.edu.

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