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The Italian 'cultural and training diplomacy' connects and brings together three continents to prepare global managers, writes Federico Grandesso.

The signing of the new educational programme was attended by Luiss Rector Andrea Prencipe (pictured), the Pro-Rector for Internationalization Raffele Marchetti, the President of Renmin University of China Liu Wei and the President of George Washington University Mark S. Wrighton.

The ACE (America, China, Europe) programme is a four-year bachelor’s degree in business jointly offered by Luiss in Rome, Renmin University of China in Beijing, and George Washington in Washington DC.

It is an absolute new entry in the world panorama of degree courses in "Business Administration" which will unite three different countries and managerial cultures. It is a highly innovative training course for the global leaders of the future, geographically itinerant and structured over a total duration of four years, starting in September.

Students will spend their first year in their home university to acquire the knowledge building blocks in management and economics. They will then jointly attend courses in Rome (second year), Beijing (third year) and Washington (fourth year). Students will have the opportunity to deep dive in the social and business cultures of three different continents by experiencing the lifestyles and networking of capital cities.

With this triple degree pathway students can obtain three degrees, one for each university, valid and recognized in America, China and Europe and aspire to hold positions of responsibility in global companies, international institutions or to specialize in top-ranking universities. Fees are paid to the home university for the entire length of studies.

"The first challenge for the University in 2022 and the years to come, is the need to internationalize and intercept the opportunities of the Higher Education landscape globally. The ACE program, with strategic partners such as Renmin and George Washington University, places Italy at the center of the routes of international higher education and goes precisely in the direction to respond to the need of training global, “future-ready” managers, able to work and interact in dynamic and multicultural environments," said Luiss Rector Andrea Prencipe, continuing: "For us, having traced an ideal red thread between Rome, Beijing and Washington, in line with our Strategic Plan and an innovative educational model, means to train professionals with a strong cosmopolitan character and to encourage the international mobility of talents."

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Luiss Rector Andrea Prencipe said: "An ideal red thread between Rome, Beijing and Washington, an innovative educational model."

"Renmin University of China, one of China's top universities, is the first institution to launch business education in the People's Republic of China. In addition, our University enjoys close industrial ties and an extensive Alumni network," said Liu Wei, President of Renmin University of China. "In 2019, Renmin University of China and Luiss Guido Carli jointly launched the Social Sciences Universities Network (SSUN), the first university network in the humanities and social sciences worldwide that contributes to the growth of future global leaders," he added.

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