Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- June 3, 2004

The French Connection: International Finance Master’s Program at CSU Stanislaus Ready for Fall Opening

California State University, Stanislaus will begin a new graduate business program this fall that provides valuable international finance experience. The program includes a spring semester at France’s University of Cergy-Pontoise, which partnered with CSU Stanislaus to develop it.

“This program opens a new window to the world for students and residents of the Central Valley,” said Dr. Amin Elmallah, Dean of the College of Business Administration. “It ensures that future business graduates are competent to work in the global economy. Our faculty worked very hard with their French counterparts to develop this program in a very short time, and I’m proud of their dedication and accomplishments.”

The new International Finance program is designed for highly motivated finance students who have completed pre-requisite business core courses. Classes will be in English, except for one course taught in French at Cergy.

Internship assignments will provide opportunities to make career connections with companies specializing in foreign investments and other international financial transactions. The program concludes with a summer internship at an internationally oriented business in either the United States or France.

CSU Stanislaus Economics Professor Emeritus Bill Crist, former President of the CalPERS Board of Directors, initiated contact with the French university. The program developed over several meetings between administrators and faculty from both universities, in France and at CSU Stanislaus. Dr. Marvalene Hughes, President of CSU Stanislaus, and René Lasserre, President of the University of Cergy-Pontoise, signed an agreement in October 2003 that solidified the partnership.

“CSU Stanislaus enters this academic venture with our partners at Cergy-Pontoise with much excitement," President Hughes said. "The rigorous academic work will provide students with training needed for a strong future in international finance, in the U.S. or abroad. Our University strives to provide global learning experiences to all students, and this program offers great potential for rewarding career opportunities.”

CSU Stanislaus Global Affairs Director Linda Bunney-Sarhad, who oversees program development, said that it would assist students in recognizing global patterns and focusing on international careers. She said the program will prepare graduates to work comfortably with U.S. and international business cultures.

A focus group composed of regional business leaders and faculty helped shape the program to ensure that students develop the skills needed by employers.

Applications can be directed to Dr. David Lindsay, Chair of the CSU Stanislaus Department of Accounting and Finance, at (209) 667-3296 or by e-mail at:

Contact: Don Hansen, (209) 667-3997

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