Dhillon School of Busi­ness a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Lethbridge - BY HEATHER CAMERON

The Dhillon School of Busi­ness is al­ready hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lo­cal econ­omy and specif­i­cally at the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge.

Cor Van Raay do­nated $5 mil­lion to the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge and Leth­bridge Col­lege and be­cause of that and match­ing fund­ing from the pro­vin­cial govern­ment, the Dhillon School of Busi­ness was able to take off and is launch­ing a new ma­jor in Agri­cul­tural En­ter­prise Man­age­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge, stu­dents will be able to par­tic­i­pate in this new ma­jor, with at least 12 cour­ses from other col­leges trans­fer­able and work be­ing done to add even more.

The pro­gram is not a typ­i­cal twoplus-two model, but rather is an in­te­grated, flex­i­ble, four-year pro­gram where stu­dents have an op­por­tu­nity to exit with diplo­mas or to com­plete a four-year de­gree.

“The school will of­fer more fu­tur­is­tic busi­ness pro­grams that in­volves in­no­va­tions and tech­nol­ogy,” said Dr. A.K.M. Sham­sul Alam, Pro­fes­sor of Fi­nance and the As­so­ciate Dean and Di­rec­tor of Man­age­ment Pro­grams at the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge.

“How the the in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies change and in­ter­act busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties will get more em­pha­sis in pro­gram devel­op­ment and de­liv­ery.”

The Dhillon School of Busi­ness was formerly called the Fac­ulty of Man­age­ment and the name was changed to rec­og­nize the bene­fac­tor and is now ac­cred­ited by the AACSB.

Be­gin­ning in the fall of 2019, Dhillon stu­dents will be able to ap­ply for the Agri­cul­tural En­ter­prise Man­age­ment ma­jor.

“Five per­cent of busi­ness pro­grams in the world are now ac­cred­ited and it em­pha­sizes on the qual­ity of busi­ness pro­grams,” Dr. Alam said.

“It pays at­ten­tion to how the pro­grams im­pact, in­no­vate and en­gage in the com­mu­nity, stu­dents, and stake­hold­ers.”

Dr. Alam says that the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge ed­u­cates ed­u­cat­ing the stu­dents and equips them with pro­fes­sion linked ex­pe­ri­ence so they be­come in­no­va­tors, crit­i­cal thinkers and prob­lem solver in an ever chang­ing so­ci­ety.

As a re­sult, the stu­dents will be bet­ter able to think in fu­tur­is­tic ways and help cre­ate a bet­ter so­ci­ety.

“Busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in­flu­ence so­ci­ety and in­no­va­tion changes busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties,” Dr. Alam said.

“Our school is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion to fu­ture gen­er­a­tion to make a pos­i­tive and last­ing change in the so­ci­ety as a whole.”

Photo by Heather Cameron

Cor Van Raay (mid­dle) with his wife and Dr. A.K.M. Sham­sul Alam, Pro­fes­sor of Fi­nance and the As­so­ciate Dean and Di­rec­tor of Man­age­ment Pro­grams at the Univer­sity of Leth­bridge (right).

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