Smiles were the order of the day recently as Dr. Dominique Besson, director of the BBA (bachelor in business administration) program at l’Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Lille (IAE Lille) France, traveled to Alfred State College to sign a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alfred State to offer joint study abroad programs in business. IAE Lille and Alfred State, in recognition of their common interests in developing bilateral relations and in agreement that cooperation between institutes of higher learning contributes to cultural enrichment, scientific progress, and the consolidation of friendship between countries, have agreed to establish a student exchange program between their respective BBA programs. Under the agreement, three (full-time equivalent or FTE) students from each institution may be exchanged for one full academic year or for one semester. The initial selection of students will take place at the home institution dependent on the students’ meeting the host school’s general admission criteria. Students must be enrolled in a full-time course load at the host university for the duration of the program in accordance with the student’s degree program. The French degree programs (both taught in English) in which Alfred’s students may be enrolled include the BBA (bachelor in business administration) or the EIM (executive international management), provided they satisfy course prerequisites. IAE business students will be free to choose from the full range of business programs available at Alfred State, provided they also satisfy course prerequisites. ASC students who successfully satisfy courses requisites for either the BBA or IEM will obtain the official French degree. Pictured here seated at the table, l-r: Besson; Francine Staba, ASC associate professor and chair, Business Department; Jacob Willson, Lee Center, technology management; and Tricia Herritt, interim coordinator of International Student Programs. Tagliaferri and Willson have both expressed a desire to participate in the new program.