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MSU to establish International Leadership and Training Center

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce to provide related services during first year
Friday, June 21, 2013

International festival at the Morris CenterMissouri State University plans to deliver international leadership and professional development training by establishing the Missouri State University International Leadership and Training Center (ILTC). The initiative was approved by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its June 21 meeting in Kansas City.

Missouri State will partner with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce to accomplish the ILTC’s first year objectives without the university immediately hiring a director to establish and commence operations. The Chamber has agreed to provide services necessary to establish the ILTC in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in a Memorandum of Agreement.

The ILTC mission is to provide high quality non-credit language training coupled with international leadership and professional development programs customized to meet the needs of client organizations. The mission is consistent with the university’s public affairs mission, particularly the focus on cultural competence, ethical leadership and community engagement.

“The worldwide demand for customized training is enormous,” said Dr. Jim Baker, vice president for research, economic development and international programs at Missouri State. “The Missouri State University International Leadership and Training Center is positioned to respond to the immense market in human resource development. We are delighted to partner with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce in this exciting venture.”

The agreement retains the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce to provide services related to the ILTC for a one-year term starting July 1, 2013. The Chamber has indicated that Brad Bodenhausen, executive vice president at the Chamber, will provide the majority of the services. If the ILTC performs as anticipated, the university expects to hire a full-time director to start on or about July 1, 2014. By fiscal year 2015, the university expects the ILTC to be self-sustaining with the potential for significant growth.

Missouri State University and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce have worked together in the pursuit of international business development since 2004. Both organizations share the goal to expand and deepen international connections with other universities, businesses, professional associations and individuals. MSU initiatives such as the Executive MBA program for Chinese professionals have increased the Springfield business community’s exposure to cultural understanding and business opportunities in China. Likewise, the MSU Springfield campus has proven to be a good location to host young professionals from China and introduce them to business practices and culture unique to the United States.

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