Brigham Young University and the University of Utah aren't rivals in everything.
The U.'s Graduate School of Business and BYU's Marriott School of Management have joined forces in the Utah Collaborative Center for International Business Education.Lee H. Radebaugh, assistant dean at BYU's Marriott School and co-director of the center with the U.'s James H. Gardner, said the center will be a network with other prominent universities across the country.
"We think it will enhance our international degrees as well as provide more foreign experience for our faculty," Radebaugh said.
Gardner said it will do more than help the faculty and students at the two schools.
"It is really to make a concerted effort at improving long-term U.S. competitiveness," Gardner said.
Both schools have had good international programs in the past, but this program can help even more, he said. They are looking at the possibilities of combining some courses or exchanging instructors.
The point is that working together, the center can multiply its resources, Gardner said. "Our strengths complement each other and we will see if the schools work well together."
There is a spirit of cooperation between the schools, Radebaugh said. And that is one thing that contributed to getting the funding.
The Department of Education has awarded the center $270,000 for the next academic year, with additional funding for the two following years.
"When we went for it I didn't think we had a chance for the funding," Radebaugh said. More than 80 other universities applied and only 16 were chosen to receive funding.
This is the second year of the program, which began with five universities and is expanding each year. The schools expect to reapply in three years.
Radebaugh said uniting the schools, one a private and the other a public institution, was probably also a factor in receiving the award.
"We are expecting to reach out to other universities in the Intermountain area," Radebaugh said.
Gardner said another part of the program includes educating local businesses about international economic issues, especially international trade.
Radebaugh said, "This way we can contribute something to the community besides just the education process."
He also feels that other departments in both schools, including area studies and language, will also benefit from the program.