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Kraikit gives $25,000 to Francis Marion University International Business program

FLORENCE -- Dr. Sompong Kraikit has given $25,000 to Francis Marion University to establish the Suwanee Kraikit International Education Fund in honor of his wife. 

The gift will establish scholarships for those attending the newly created International Business Certificate Program offered at FMU.  Dr. Kraikit is associated with Pee Dee Nephrology and has practiced in Florence for more than 20 years. 

“When you give someone a chance to learn, you give them a chance to succeed,” Dr. Kriakit said.  Education is his primary philanthropic cause. 

The FMU School of Business developed the international business certificate program to enhance international trade opportunities of business professionals with intermediate English proficiency skills.

 “This program is another example of FMU reaching out to fill a need in the Pee Dee region,” said FMU President Lee Vickers.  “With the growth of international corporations in our region of the state, we believe FMU should take a leading role in fostering better business education globally.”  Coordinated by Barry O’Brien, associate professor of economics at FMU, the program will consist of a series of seminars in economics, finance, marketing, management and communications.  Participants will be exposed to field experiences with many of the multinational corporations in the Pee Dee region, and trips to the port of Charleston, and Washington, D.C.  O’Brien said in addition to the generic program, the School of Business faculty would customize an International Business Certificate program for a particular business, industry or agency. 

“This is a wonderful way for small businesses in the region to develop contacts for exporting their products to the rest of the world,” said O’Brien.  The FMU School of Business is fully accredited by AACSB—American Association of College Schools of Business. 

In addition to O’Brien, other faculty involved in the program include Carolyn White, assistant professor of marketing, Neil Riley, associate professor of finance, and Christopher Johnson, chairman of the Department of English.  For an application and more information, contact the FMU School of Business at 843-661-1419.


Last Published: July 1, 2004 6:39 AM
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