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Knowledge Network Joint Degree Programs Developing a Joint Business Degree in Egypt By Van R. Wood and Michael Pitts business environment implies having the necessary human intellectual capital in place in one’s organization (and one’s society). If organizations and societies are to truly prosper, they must invest in those programs that create and nurture characteristics that competitive global managers and executives must possess. The central question thus becomes: what are these key capabilities and attributes? Rosensweig articulates a number of competencies needed from a global manager, including: • A broad grounding in liberal education (history, literature, culture). • A cultivated bent towards imagination and curiosity. • A strong sense of integrity, elevated moral character, and well grounded ethical values. • Considerable adaptability, flexibility, and energy. • Advanced communication skills (written and verbal). • A command of basic business functions (marketing, finance, management, economics, technology use). • Multicultural empathy and the ability to build multi-ethnic relationships. However, perhaps the most important attribute is really a culmination of all of the above—the ability to insightfully turn information into knowledge related to meeting challenges and addressing opportunities in the global business arena. This requires the ability to integrate one’s learned skills and experiences into a boundary-spanning modus operandi which allows innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive. For example, a Administrators from VCU and HU meet in Cairo, Egypt. In his seminal book, Winning the Global Game: A Strategy for Linking People and Profits, Rosensweig (1998) outlines the realities of globalization. In short, while the vast majority of current wealth generation occurs in the Northern Hemisphere, the majority of such in the future will take place in the Southern Hemisphere. But the end result of this, how that wealth is ultimately divided, will depend on who is properly educated and who is not. Rosensweig, like others (Friedman 1999, 2005) notes that serious preparation for “playing” successfully in the globalized

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2008

IIE Networker - Fall 2008
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
The International Dimension of Higher Education: Status, Challenges, and Prospects in Africa
Internationalization in Africa In Relation to Other World Regions
Measuring International Student Mobility Trends: In and Out of Africa
IIENetworker University President’s Interview Series A Conversation with President Mohammad H. Qayoumi, California State University, East Bay
Country Profile: Nigeria
Scholars & Research
Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative
Joint Degree Programs
Advising Students
Study Abroad
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2008