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Sobey School Partners with BNUZ to Offer New Bachelor of Commerce Degree

2 October, 2014


SMU-BNUZ Finance Program Announcement

Saint Mary's Board of Governors Vice-Chair Karen Oldfield listens to Sobey School of Business student Jingyi (Claire) Hou speak on the benefits of studying at Saint Mary's.


Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business is launching their Bachelor of Commerce degree in China. The four-year program, with a Major in Finance, will be delivered through a unique partnership with the Beijing Normal University - Zhuhai (BNUZ).

“The world is connected as never before and Saint Mary’s University has a critical role to play in preparing our students to live and work in a global community,” said Dr. J. Colin Dodds, Saint Mary’s University President and Vice-Chancellor. “We are playing our part in building bridges to promote intercultural understanding and dialogue, and building the future of Nova Scotia.”

Saint Mary’s has had a long-term relationship with BNUZ since 2002. Since that original relationship with BNUZ was developed, hundreds of students from BNUZ have attended Saint Mary’s. There are 120 BNUZ students currently studying at Saint Mary’s.

In September of this year, 98 Chinese students at BNUZ entered the first year of their Commerce Degree. In January, 2016, after completing the first two years of their degree these 98 Chinese students will take the same courses and be taught by the same faculty as students at the Sobey School of Business in Nova Scotia.

“It’s unusual for a business school to take on this kind of partnership at the undergraduate level,” said Dr. Patricia Bradshaw, Dean of the Sobey School of Business. “It’s a very ambitious and innovative partnership and it establishes the Sobey School as a significant international player.”

Saint Mary’s will extend the opportunity to study commerce to more Chinese students that may not be able to afford to come to Canada to study. The new partnership with BNUZ will also help raise the profile of Saint Mary’s and Nova Scotia in China.

“Finance is a big demand area for Chinese students,” said Dr. Bradshaw. “By heightening our global reach and building our brand in China we’ll also be able to increase our recruitment.”

Beijing Normal University - Zhuhai is located in Guangdong province near Hong Kong and Macau. BNUZ has 35,000 to 40,000 students studying a number of courses including economics, management, law and engineering. Its location in Zhuhai places it in a steadily growing business and financial district of the region.

The Sobey School of Business is the largest and most comprehensive business school in the Atlantic region. It has been recognized with AACSB accreditation, the highest standard of achievement for business schools in the world. This accreditation has been awarded to just five percent of all business schools.