Campus: CSU Chico -- December 13, 2002
CSU Chico Establishes Exchange Program with German
An exchange program between California State University, Chico and Germany’s
Pforzheim University is officially in place. Chico students could go
to Germany as early as Pforzheim's summer semester, from March through
Professor Stan Gardiner, Department of Accounting and Management Information
Systems, collaborated with Karl-Heinz Rau, a colleague at Pforzheim,
in establishing the exchange training in classroom use of SAP’s
The German company SAP is the largest enterprise software company in
the world and a recognized leader in e-business solutions. CSU, Chico
was recognized as SAP’s first University Competency Center in
the fall of 2000.
Gardiner, who joined the faculty of CSU, Chico in August, developed
a similar exchange program at Auburn University in Alabama. Chico’s
program is modeled after that one.
The exchange will allow some of Pforzheim’s best business students
to take classes in Chico for a semester. In return, Chico students can
take courses at Pforzheim (located in the northwest corner of Germany’s
Black Forest) for the same tuition they would pay at CSU, Chico.
Students proficient in German can take any courses at Pforzheim for
which they meet the requirements. An option for those not proficient
in German is to take an intensive course in German, gaining credit for
the first two years of German in one semester. Following the German
course, students could take selected business courses in German. In
addition, graduate students have the option to take classes in the English
Gardiner, whose expertise is in the areas of operations management and
management information systems, met Chico professors Ray Boykin and
Gayle Corbitt at SAP training meetings several years ago. He, Boykin
and Corbitt are SAP distinguished scholars. SAP’s distinguished
scholar program recognizes individuals for their expertise in a particular
area and provides them with stipends for education and travel, enabling
the scholars to train others.
Gardiner attended training meetings in Chico taught by Boykin and Corbitt,
on how to integrate SAP software into MIS courses, so he was familiar
with CSU, Chico when Boykin and Corbitt encouraged him to join the faculty.
Pforzhiem’s Rau plans to visit California during Germany’s
Pentecost holidays, May 29 to June 14. In addition to traveling with
his family, he will come to Chico to meet faculty members to understand
what they are doing in detail, to learn about the university and town,
and perhaps to teach an SAP case-study session.
Gardiner worked with Bob Jackson, dean of graduate, international and
sponsored programs, in putting the agreement in place. “I appreciated
Bob’s enthusiasm for the program and his help with moving the
agreement along so rapidly,” said Gardiner.
CONTACT: Kathleen McPartland, 530-898-4263
Stan Gardiner, Accounting and Management Information Systems, 530-898-6747