FLORENCE---Francis Marion University has signed an agreement with Ludwigshafen School of Business in Germany to develop a student and faculty exchange program.
The agreement was signed last week when a delegation from the German school visited the FMU campus. Led by the school’s president, Wolfgang Anders, the delegation visited Florence Sept. 13-15, learning about the community and Francis Marion University. Peter Wetzler, head of Ludwigshafen’s Asian and American Studies program, and Kerstin Gallenstein, head of the international study abroad program, also were part of the German delegation.
Ludwigshafen School of Business is located in southwest Germany in Rheinland-Pfalz. It has 2,300 undergraduate students, all enrolled in business study.
The agreement, written in English and German, is signed by Anders and FMU President Fred Carter.
Carter credited three FMU faculty members for their work in developing the agreement with the German institution. Barry O’Brien, associate professor of economics and head of the MBA program in the School of Business, John Britton, coordinator of FMU’s international studies program and professor of history, and Eddy Harding, associate professor of German, all played a major role in this agreement.
“Initially, we hope to develop student exchanges between the two universities, and later add faculty exchanges,” said O’Brien. “We think this is a wonderful way to expand the intellectual and cultural horizons of students from both universities.”
O’Brien said the agreement also may include joint research and development projects between students and faculties and possible student internships.
O’Brien said he hoped that three to four students from each university could participate in the initial exchange.
The three FMU faculty members will visit the German institution in October to continue to work on details of the exchange program.
This is the second exchange agreement developed within the last year by FMU. An agreement signed last December with the University of Basel in Switzerland was the first foreign exchange program in FMU’s history.
For more information about this new exchange agreement, contact O’Brien at 843-661-1437.