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    APRIL 28, 2005
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Russell Conwell Center receives $79K grant

The Beaumont Foundation of America recently awarded Temple’s Russell Conwell Center with a $79,000 grant meant to put laptops into the hands of students with limited access to technology.

Temple is one of 14 universities nationwide to receive Beaumont Foundation grant money, thanks to the longstanding success of federal student support programs administered by the Russell Conwell Center, a department of the Division of Student Affairs.

The center intends to use the funding to establish a laptop loaner program for low-income students. Students unfamiliar with laptop technology will also learn how to use the computers to create Web pages and resumes and gain experience crucial to their academic and professional development.

The Beaumont Foundation of America grants computer hardware to qualifying nonprofits, faith-based and community organizations, libraries and schools in need. Since 2001, it has awarded nearly 2,400 technology grants throughout the United States.

Fox School forms alliance with top management school in Paris

The Fox School of Business and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) School of International Management in Paris have formed a partnership for graduate business programs.

They will launch the new alliance with the international M.B.A. program, in which students follow a one-year study sequence from Paris to Philadelphia to Tokyo, ending with an optional study tour in Shanghai.

Temple’s I.M.B.A., which has operated as a tri-continent program for more than a decade, has been ranked among the top 25 international business programs by U.S. News and World Report for the past three years. The alliance with ENPC establishes the I.M.B.A. as a dual-degree program, meaning its graduates will earn degrees at both The Fox School and ENPC’s School of International Management.

“Earning both an American and European M.B.A. will be a competitive advantage for students and will create marketable, internationally mobile alumni,” said Tawfik Jelassi, dean of the ENPC School of International Management.

Financial Times recently recognized both schools, which combined offer graduate business programs in 11 countries, as being among the best in the world for “International Mobility of Graduates.”

ENPC is the oldest civil engineering school in the world, founded in 1747. Since 1987, when its School of International Management was established, ENPC has quickly become a leader in the education and training of managers for the global marketplace. Its M.B.A. consistently is considered among the top such programs in France.

“The synergies between our respective institutions and the parallels in our current M.B.A. programs make this an ideal partnership,” says M. Moshe Porat, dean of The Fox School. “This alliance will yield immediate benefits to students, alumni and corporate partners of both institutions.”

For more information about the Fox I.M.B.A. program, visit www.fox.temple.edu/imba. For more information about the ENPC School of International Management, visit www.enpcmbaparis.com.