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This collaboration is a natural extension of Franklin’s team approach to program development, said Dr. Lou Anne Manning, MBA faculty member. The addition of international scholars will improve both Franklin and his students’ global outlook.

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, has extended its academic expertise to a global assisting in the development of international study programs.

On October 12, a group of international professors met in Poland at the Wroclaw School of Banking (WSB) to develop the European version of the Financial Accounting and Management course for the WSB-MBA program. The development team consisted of Drs. Debra Petrizzo and Lou Anne Manning from Franklin University, Dr Jerzy Monka from WSB and Dr Milos Tumpach from Bratislava University of Economics. Ms. Justyna Wojtun, Director of the WSB MBA Program, acted as a translator for the group.

The group focused its curriculum development efforts on the following topics: the course development process Franklin used to develop courses, the purpose of the MBA program, the differences in accounting practices between the United States, and European Union and content (both breadth and depth) for the accounting course.

This latest effort by Franklin University to engage in curriculum development showcases the University’s growing reputation as an international authority in academia. With the signing of its first agreement in Poland with WSB in 2008, the University embarked on an aggressive strategy to extend its reach to institutions abroad. To date, Franklin University has agreements in nine countries, offering its MBA in seven.

“This collaboration is a natural extension of Franklin’s team approach to curriculum development,” said Dr. Lou Anne Manning, MBA faculty member. “The addition of international scholars will enhance Franklin’s global outlook and promote the development of his own students as participants in a global economy.”

About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of mature students. Each year, more than 11,000 students attend Franklin, both at its main campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, at three sites in central Ohio, and at its brand new location in Indianapolis, in addition to be online. Franklin offers 27 undergraduate majors as well as three graduate programs and graduates over 1,500 students per year. that of the university MBA The program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

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