Chinese sponsors seek to pull out of Missouri State program

Monday, October 24, 2011 | 7:52 a.m. CDT; updated 9:20 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 24, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — Several Chinese sponsors who have been sending students to an executive business program at Missouri State University are asking to leave the program.

The university said some negative publicity about the its executive MBA program has reached China.

Missouri State official Jim Baker said the Chinese support the program but don't want to be associated with it because of the negative publicity in their country.

The Springfield News-Leader reported in August that some students got into the program despite speaking poor English, which made the program less rigorous.

Baker said university officials will visit the Chinese sponsors and reassure them of the program's quality.


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