CANTON -- A SUNY Canton professor will spend 2011 in Dubai coordinating the dual degree program agreement with the American University in the Emirates (AUE).
Robert L. Edwards, professor of criminal investigation, has been appointed Dean of the General Studies department where he will serve as a special adviser to the AUE President. He will also teach diplomacy in the university's graduate program.
"Professor Edwards has been an integral part of SUNY Canton establishing a dual degree program with AUE," SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. "He is uniquely prepared to be our ambassador and help build a strong relationship and partnership between our institutions."
Edwards is a graduate of Golden Gate University. He served with the International Police Task Force in 1996 and with the Independent Judicial Commission in Bosnia in 2001. His wife Mary will join him at AUE and will teach in their English as a Second Language program.
SUNY Canton plans to offer its Finance bachelor-degree program to students at AUE starting in Fall 2011 and is working to establish other programs in Sports Management, Management, and Graphic and Multimedia Design.
SUNY Canton currently has more than 400 international dual-degree students enrolled at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov-Moscow State University, Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia, and Yalta University of Management in Ukraine.
All classes are delivered either online or by videoconferencing. SUNY Canton also runs an international summer program, attracting more than 50 students from Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and China. Students spend three or more weeks at SUNY Canton and take courses in English as a Second Language, Global Finance and Economics, or courses that can be applied toward their dual-degree program.