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Business, entrepreneur leader named latest Fulbright Scholar

Jerman Rose, director of external programs for the College of Business and Economics at Washington State University, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar with a five-month assignment to lecture at Can Tho University in Vietnam.

Rose will draw on his expertise in entrepreneurship when he consults with CTU faculty about developing an entrepreneurship curriculum that will train future managers and business owners. He will also provide insights into the economic development roles of a university. A business owner himself, he has led the college’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies since 1999, organized an award-winning local chapter of Students in Free Enterprise and teaches and lectures on entrepreneurship.

“I’m very excited about this Fulbright in Vietnam,” Rose said. “It is a tremendous honor to represent WSU and to be asked to share my knowledge with colleagues and students at Can Tho. I will also learn many things from them as well that I will bring back to WSU.

“Entrepreneurship is an international activity,” he said. “No single country has a monopoly on innovation, hard work or risk taking.

“I have taught and worked with several Vietnamese students at WSU who have been very successful and possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. I believe the country of Vietnam can further develop its economic and social infrastructure that supports entrepreneurial activities.”

Rose’s wife, Margie, will accompany him on his Fulbright. The Web development specialist for WSU’s Distance Degree Programs, she plans to be able to continue her work while in Vietnam, thanks to technology, she said.

During their stay, the Roses will travel from Can Tho to Hanoi’s National Economics University to join Bob Harder, WSU director of international programs, Len Jessup, CBE dean, Patriya Tansuhaj, director of the International Business Institute and Rene Scourey, development director at graduation ceremonies for students in the WSU-NEU Master of Business Administration exchange program.

In addition to his role with the center at WSU, Rose was named to the new position of director of external programs by Jessup in fall 2003 to manage CBE’s successful online programs, drive curriculum development, engage faculty and grow the program. He is charged, as well, with the development of an executive education program.

With a doctorate from the University of Kansas, he joined the WSU faculty in 1987 and has taught marketing, international business and entrepreneurship courses. He serves as a member of WSU’s steering committee for the Center for Integrated Biotechnology. Fluent in Russian, he has studied Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese. He has been to Vietnam on five previous trips to teach and conduct workshops at NEU and has traveled for WSU to other Asian countries and Europe.

CTU is a state university founded in 1966 and located in the Mekong Delta. With 15,500 students at its main campus, the doctoral-granting institution has an additional 14,500 students at satellite training centers in provinces. Known for its research and technology, CTU works with provincial authorities, private and public enterprises and farming communities to build a shared understanding of practical problems and the labor market.

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