Cross-Border Coffee Break: Fulbright Specialist Program Offers Opportunity to Two GBSN Members

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19 July 2018
08:00 - 09:00


Two GBSN member schools, the George Washington School of Business and the National University of Management (NUM), Phnom Penh, recently collaborated to develop a new Master’s Program in Innovation at NUM.

Both institutions arranged this collaboration via the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program, a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two- to six-week, project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe.

This collaboration idea came into fruition during GBSN’s 2017 Annual Conference when Bryan Andriano, Executive Director of Global & Experiential Education at George Washington University School of Business connected with Stephen Paterson, Dean of  International College at National University of Management.

Following the conference both parties applied for support from the Fulbright Program to allow Dr. Andriano to travel to Cambodia and work with the NUM team in reviewing and reinforcing some of the programs of NUM Business School. Dr. Andriano applied as a Fulbright Specialist and Dean Paterson enrolled NUM to be the host institution.

Dr. Andriano recently came back from his three-weeks assignment with NUM which resulted in the design of a new Master’s Program in Innovation.

During this Cross-Border Coffee Break, both Dr. Andriano and Dean Paterson will share their experience participating in the Fulbright Specialist Program and how GBSN membership provides a great outlet in identifying partners and collaborators who can help strengthen institutional capacities.

The GBSN team is always ready to work with members in facilitating such connections.


About the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program 
The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions. Provides a short-term, on-demand resource to international host institutions. Those individuals that have been approved to join the Fulbright Specialist  Roster are eligible to be matched with approved projects designed by foreign host institutions from all over the world.

About GBSN
The Global Business School Network is a nonprofit organization that partners with business schools, industry, foundations and aid agencies to improve access to quality, locally relevant management education for the developing world. With a growing network of over 70 leading business schools on 6 continents, we foster cross-border networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration both within our network membership and with the broader business education and development communities. Our international events and capacity building programs engage our network members to advise, train and mentor regional educators. And through publication, partnership and speaking opportunities we advocate for the importance of management education in economic and social development efforts.


Thursday, July 19, 2018
8:00 – 9:00am EDT


Bryan Andriano
Executive Director, Global & Experiential Education
George Washington Graduate School of Business

In his role, Dr. Bryan Andriano oversees international student services, study away and experiential learning programs, and international cooperation. Bryan’s work in higher education has spanned the areas of marketing and promotion, recruitment, global education, accreditation, curriculum development, and diversity and inclusion. He has taught at the secondary, community college, bachelor, master, and doctoral level and lectured in MENA, Europe, East Asia, North and South America on topics related to educational stratification, inclusion, pedagogy, global, and business education. Bryan received his doctorate in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. He also completed a post-graduate program in Change Change Management and Organizational Behavior and holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration with a focus in international education from GWU and an A.B. from Elmira College in French, Spanish, and Anthropology & Sociology.

Stephen Paterson
Dean of NUM International College and Co-Founder of Mekong Business Challenge
National University of Management, Phnom Penh

Stephen Paterson is the Dean of the International College at NUM and Co-Founder of the Mekong Business Challenge, which is an entrepreneurship program and competition involving universities from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province, China. Stephen has been involved in entrepreneurship education in Cambodia and the ASEAN region for the past 20 years. In addition to teaching several courses on entrepreneurship and new venture creation, Stephen also serves as the Coordinator for the National Business Model Competition in Cambodia and is also actively involved in the entrepreneurship training program for the National Competition in Yangon, Myanmar. Stephen is a Canadian citizen and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto, and his Bachelor’s Degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


There is no cost to participate in the Cross-Border Coffee Break.



About the National University of Management 
The National University of Management (NUM) is one of the leading public universities in Cambodia. It was established in 1983 and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business Administration. There are currently 10,000 students enrolled at its main campus which is situated in the center of the financial district in Phnom Penh