USD School of Business receives education grant

USD School of Business receives education grant The University of South Dakota School of Business has been awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $163,500 from the U.S. Department of Education's Business and International Education Program.

The nationally competitive grant proposal was authored and developed by business professors Dr. Bruce May and Dr. Janet Buelow.

The award-winning proposal titled "Promoting the International Cross-Fertilizations of Ideas, Techniques, and Practices," is a South Dakota initiative to globalize healthcare services, expand student international internships, and fund faculty international development activities within the School of Business. Other activities in the grant include curriculum development, business outreach, and acquisition of international resources for the USD library.

The USD School of Business will be partnering with international, national, and regional healthcare organizations in carrying out many of the activities in the grant. The international partners include the Professor Dubois Foundation, which is the largest long-term healthcare organization in the Netherlands. National and regional partners headquartered in Sioux Falls include the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the South Dakota Health Care Association, and the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations.

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Education's program is to promote education and training that will contribute to the ability of United States business to prosper in an international economy. The program, commonly known as Title VIB, was established by the federal legislature to award grants to institutions of higher education to provide suitable international training to business personnel in various stages of professional development. Each fall grant proposals are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for possible funding. The proposals are examined and evaluated by a national panel of reviewers with only a small number selected for actual funding.

The USD School of Business initiative has five specific objectives:

* Globalize the USD Health Services Administration Program.

* Institutionalize an international student internship program in healthcare organizations and strengthen an

existing non-healthcare international internship program by increasing the student and employer base.

* Assist faculty in developing and enhancing their teaching skills and professional knowledge in international business and healthcare issues.

* Instill an international business perspective in healthcare administrators and improve USD's linkages with regional healthcare businesses.

* Strengthen the internationalization of the USD School of Business curriculum.

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