College of Business Signs MOU to Collaborate with Chinese University

 April 3, 2018

The University of Montana College of Business and the Shanghai International Studies University School of Economics and Finance have signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate academic collaboration. The agreement outlines the institutions’ intention to conduct joint scholarly research and to exchange students and faculty.

Representatives from the two institutions established the agreement when leadership from Shanghai International Studies University, or SISU, visited UM in December 2017. Chris Shook, Sprunk and Burnham Endowed Dean of the College of Business, and Nader Shooshtari, professor of marketing and international business, visited SISU in early March to finalize details of the accord.

“This agreement represents tremendous opportunity for our college, for our faculty, and especially our students,” Shook said. “Each of our institutions has its own strengths and expertise. When we come together to share that knowledge, we all will be better for it.”

SISU is one of the top eight foreign studies universities in China. With two campuses in Shanghai, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students. The organization is known for its students’ outstanding language skills and for its numerous international collaborations.

The agreement creates a framework for encouraging student exchanges, including through the development of a summer program for SISU students to attend UM. It also establishes a commitment to build a program that allows SISU students to complete the first three years of academic coursework at SISU and their fourth year at the UM College of Business. These students would earn a bachelor’s degree from SISU and have the option to pursue a master’s degree at UM.

To encourage faculty involvement, the MOU provides an opportunity for College of Business professors to travel to Shanghai and deliver courses in accounting, marketing, and international business. Terri Herron, professor of accounting, will travel to SISU in May to deliver a two-week course. The agreement also includes a provision to explore the development of a joint research center that could include joint scholarly research, faculty exchanges, and visiting scholar programs.


Photo: From left, SISU Vice President Zhang Feng, Shook, SISU Chancellor Jiang Feng, and Shooshtari during a meeting to discuss deepening collaborations between UM and SISU.