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Username: Upinottawa

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Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 - 6:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hope this is the start of more joint programs developed by the University of Windsor. Amongst Ontario universities, Windsor is an unique geographical situation to offer joint programs with Southeast Michigan universities. I think such programs will enhance the University of Windsor's reputation and make the school more competitive.

In my opinion, U of W should develop joint programs with either U-M, UDM or Wayne in the following areas:

US-Canada Relations (BA, MA, even PhD)
LLM in American Law for Canadian Lawyers
Great Lakes Research (BSc, MSc, etc.)
Automotive Design and Engineering
Business (MBA)

In an ideal world, Windsor students would eventually be able to attend undergrad seminars at Wayne State (for example) while Wayne students would be able to register for courses at Windsor. Such an arrangement would increase the course options available to students at their respective schools. Here is the article:

University offers new international degree

Monica Wolfson, Windsor Star
Published: Friday, March 17, 2006

The university [of Windsor] senate approved an agreement Thursday with the University of Michigan at Dearborn that will offer students two master's degrees after two years of public policy and political science studies.

University officials said this is one of several cross-border degree opportunities being negotiated for U of W students.

Starting in September, students can attend both schools simultaneously and at the end of two years get a U of W master in political science as well as a master of public policy from the Michigan university.

"We feel this will attract top-notch Canadian students from across Canada," said Tom Najem, head of the political science department. "Michigan is quite keen on having this because they are looking for top-notch Canadian students. We think it's beneficial to have the Michigan label."

The arrangement enables a U of W master of political science degree candidate to get a year of credit toward a two-year public policy master degree from Michigan, which is not offered by U of W. Students pay U of W for studies in Canada and pay in-state tuition rates at U of M at Dearborn for classes taken there.

Najem said the program is geared toward employment as a policy analyst in the public or private sector.

The program will be offered full and part time. Students will take 42 credit hours to get both degrees. Courses include Canadian politics courses, while the U of M classes focus on research methods, program evaluation and cost benefit analysis. Students have to maintain a B average to stay in the program.

Currently the U of W law school offers study on the other side of the river as it has an articulation agreement with the University of Detroit Mercy.

The Windsor Star 2006
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Username: Gistok

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UDM offers European courses in their undergrad and grad degree programs in the Business School (or at least it did in 1990's). I attended summer courses in 1989, 1990 and 1994 at Oxford England (International Seminar in Computing, International Seminar in Economics, and International Seminar in ISO 9000 Standards).

It was a great experience.
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Username: Lowell

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Great idea. The more tightly we can connect, in mutually beneficial ways, the better it will be for all in our international city. Right now being an international city is a disavantage. We lose millions on delays at the border, and the free flow people and, consequently, ideas. It's killing our economy. The recent terror panic has further hurt us. We need innovative imagination to overcome this handicap. Hopefully programs like this will lead to the anwers.

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