Dr. Faye McIntyre recently announced two im-
portant additions to the Richards College of Business
award-winning international programs. The Univer-
sity of West Georgia and China’s Zhongnan University
of Economics and Law (ZUEL) have established a
program with the Richards College that will allow stu-
dents from ZUEL to attend UWG in their senior year.
The new program will allow approximately 40 finance
majors annually to attend UWG and earn a degree
from both institutions. Dr. Charles Hodges, professor
of finance at the college, was one of the facilitators of
a partnership that will allow the Chinese students to
earn a bachelor’s of business administration in finance.
He believes the partnership will benefit both ZUEL
students and UWG students.
An agreement with France’s ESCEM (Ecole Su-
perieure de Commerce et de Management) was final-
ized in October to establish the Richards College first
business student exchange program. Up to 30 UWG
students will have the opportunity to study in France,
and 30 of their students will study here for a semester
or a year.
Erich Bergiel, faculty advisor for the Japan Study
Abroad program explains the importance of study
“The experience of international travel is invaluable.
As technologies expand, global markets are becoming
seamless. It is no longer a question of ‘if’ we will need
to interact or communicate in a global environment
but ‘when’. These students have the opportunity to
experience this prior to getting into the real world.
Some have barely left Georgia and their minds are
opened and enlightened by experiencing a culture so
different from their own. There is only so much that
can be interpreted from readings and textbooks, but to
fully embrace and experience it can be life changing.
Our course in Japan does not just teach about the
Japanese culture but it allows students to improve
their ability to understand and appreciate differences
in others. That is a worthwhile lesson.”