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Date: September 19, 2000

Global Perspective Earns National Award

The UVic Faculty of Business--with a curriculum emphasizing "international experience"--has won the Award for Excellence in Internationalization from Scotiabank and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

The award honours the faculty's efforts to apply global perspectives on all aspects of teaching, research, and service functions.

"This is recognition of the outstanding quality of the UVic business curriculum, its inclusiveness of international students, the opportunities for our students to study abroad and the strong international co-op program," says UVic President David Turpin. "It speaks to our leadership in integrating international activity with all aspects of the learning environment."

UVic business students are exposed to international perspectives in all program areas of study offered by the faculty: entrepreneurship, international business, and hospitality and services management at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

"We tell our students to 'come here, go far' and that means their studies at UVic can lead to all kinds of opportunities in the world marketplace," says faculty dean, Dr. Roger Wolff. "Our approach to business education is unique. And it is gratifying to be recognized in this way by one of the top financial institutions in North America and by the leading organization for higher education in Canada."

The faculty exposes students to different cultures and practices through one of the largest business student exchange programs in Canada. Last year, there were more than 90 UVic business students studying at partner universities in 15 countries and over 75 students from these universities taking courses in Victoria. There are more than 130 international visa students in the faculty who will complete their entire business degree at UVic.

Students are also required to complete two, four-month co-operative education terms with local, national or international employers.

This is the third major award collected by the faculty in the past year. The UVic entrepreneurship program has won awards from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the U.S.-based Academy of Management.
Media contacts:
Dr. Roger Wolff
Dean, UVic Faculty of Business
(250) 472-4139

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