THUNDER BAY — Lakehead University is partnering with the Rennes School of Business in Rennes, France to offer an international dual degree program.
Participating students from both institutions will earn two degrees in four years – one from each school.
Lakehead students will go on a year-long exchange in their third year before returning to Thunder Bay to complete their studies.
Upon graduating, they'll get an honours bachelor of commerce from Lakehead and a bachelor in management from Rennes.
Students from the Renne School of Business will study at Lakehead in their third year and will earn a bachelor of administration before going back to France to earn their bachelor in management.
In a statement issued on Monday, Lakehead said the program will provide an opportunity for students to develop international connections and global skills while earning dual degrees.
Students participating from LU can apply directly from high school and be admitted to their first year, or transfer into the program prior to third year from another Lakehead business degree program.
"We are very excited to offer this new opportunity...This first-of-its-kind program will provide a rich learning experience for our students," said David Richards, the dean of Lakehead's faculty of business administration.
James Aldridge, vice-provost, international, for LU said the collaboration will allow Lakehead to strengthen its international partnerships and support its goal of developing cultural competencies and global skills.
The director general and dean of the Rennes School of Business, Thomas Froehlicher, said he's delighted with the collaboration "which allows us to propose an alliance between Canada and Ontario on the one hand, and France and the region of Brittany on the other."