During the week of Sept. 8–12, Memorial University’s
Faculty of Business Administration played host to Robert Day,
senior lecturer, School of Finance and Law at Bournemouth
University in the United Kingdom. During the week Mr. Day
spent time researching the possibility of developing an academic
relationship with Memorial.
“I feel that both universities could benefit from developing
joint programs, student exchanges and joint research initiatives,”
explained Mr. Day. “We’ve got a similar philosophy
when it comes to developing student relations, and our belief
in learning by doing is similar to Memorial’s, many
of our programs have an optional work placement portion.”
Bournemouth University has had an official connection with
Memorial since 1997. Bournemouth students have come to Memorial
for work terms on several occasions, working primarily in
the areas of engineering and archaeology. Bournemouth’s
forensic archaeology program is one of the strongest links
between the two universities.
While at Memorial University, Mr. Day gave a presentation
titled, An Investigation into the Disclosure of Practices
of UK Companies with Regards to Employees, to faculty members
in the School of Business. He believes that both parties would
benefit greatly from learning about the different business
environments. Mr. Day is keen on establishing a new financial
program which focuses on teaching students about the various
international practices related to finance and how they differ.
After a busy week, Mr. Day left with a lot to follow-up on,
including several inquiries into Memorial students completing
work terms in the UK. “I’d like to thank the Business
School for the tremendous welcome and the help I had during
my short stay,” finished Mr. Day, “It has been
quite a unique experience.”
Throughout its life, Bournemouth University has developed
a strong reputation for offering a wide range of opportunities
for undergraduate and postgraduate study, research and consultancy.
The number of students attending the university has risen
to almost 13,000. Inspired by an entrepreneurial spirit, the
university continues in the development of unique teaching
and learning opportunities and is amongst the leaders in the
UK for graduate employment.