The College of Business and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino has been accepted as a full member of CLADEA, the oldest and most prestigious consortium of Latin American business schools.
Lawrence C. Rose, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, noted that the time is right for closer connections to Latin America through CLADEA – El Consejo Latinoamericano de Escuelas de Administración, or, as it is known in English, the Latin American Council of Management Schools.
“As a Hispanic-serving university, our affiliation with CLADEA gives us an opportunity to create relationships with many business schools in Central and South America,” Rose said. “This is a great benefit to our students, faculty, and to the Inland Empire.”
CLADEA, headquartered in Peru, is an international, non-profit organization that joins higher education institutions and other international organizations devoted to teach and research in the field of business administration. Its membership includes more than 200 institutions from Latin America, North America, Europe and Oceania.
To become a full member in CLADEA, applicants must be an institution of higher learning dedicated to teaching and research in business administration and ancillary disciplines. The institution must offer post-graduate studies that lead to a master’s degree and also be accredited by the university system in its home country.
CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration is a member in good standing with its accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and with its business accreditation, the Association to Advance Colleges and Schools of Business (AACSB), Rose said.
The relationship with CLADEA is already increasing visibility for Cal State San Bernardino. Kimberly Collins, an associate professor of public administration, was invited to present her research paper at the 49th International Conference and Assembly of CLADEA in Barcelona, Spain. Titled “The La Paz Agreement: Thirty Years On,” Collin’s research explored the landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico on cooperation for the protection and improvement of the environment in the border areas. As Collins explained, “It was a great experience to be able to present my research in Barcelona, and to receive supportive feedback from leaders in the field of border stability and protection.”
Also in Barcelona, Astrid Sheil, interim chair of the accounting and finance department, delivered a 15-minute presentation and proposal to host a future international assembly of CLADEA at Cal State San Bernardino.
“We are really looking forward to creating opportunities for student and faculty exchanges,” said Rose. “We’ve already started talking about potential partnerships with schools like Technologio de Costa Rica to pair their engineering students with our entrepreneur and cyber-security students. The opportunity for cross-border technology transfers is wide open.”
For more information on CLADEA, visit its website at www.cladea.org.