Generous givers of education

Cor Van Raay (middle) with his wife and Dr. A.K.M. Shamsul Alam, Professor of Finance and the Associate Dean and Director of Management Programs at the University of Lethbridge (right).

The Dhillon School of Business is already having a positive impact on the local economy and specifically at the University of Lethbridge.

Cor Van Raay donated $5 million to the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College and because of that and matching funding from the provincial government, the Dhillon School of Business was able to take off and is launching a new major in Agricultural Enterprise Management.

According to the University of Lethbridge, students will be able to participate in this new major, with at least 12 courses from other colleges transferable and work being done to add even more.

The program is not a typical two-plus-two model, but rather is an integrated, flexible, four-year program where students have an opportunity to exit with diplomas or to complete a four-year degree.

“The school will offer more futuristic business programs that involves innovations and technology,” said Dr. A.K.M. Shamsul Alam, Professor of Finance and the Associate Dean and Director of Management Programs at the University of Lethbridge.

 “How the the innovative technologies change and interact business activities will get more emphasis in program development and delivery.”

The Dhillon School of Business was formerly called the Faculty of Management and the name was changed to recognize the benefactor and is now accredited by the AACSB.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Dhillon students will be able to apply for the Agricultural Enterprise Management major.

“Five percent of business programs in the world are now accredited and it emphasizes on the quality of business programs,” Dr. Alam said.

“It pays attention to how the programs impact, innovate and engage in the community, students, and stakeholders.”

Dr. Alam says that the University of Lethbridge educates educating the students and equips them with profession linked experience so they become innovators, critical thinkers and problem solver in an ever changing society.

As a result, the students will be better able to think in futuristic ways and help create a better society.

“Business activities influence society and innovation changes business activities,” Dr. Alam said.

“Our school is committed to providing business education to future generation to make a positive and lasting change in the society as a whole.”

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