FCBA wins fourth 3 Palmes Award

Interim Dean Dr. Bob Scott shows off two of Bradley's 3 Palmes plaques.

November 18, 2011

By Elise Dismer ’13

Which business school(s) would you recommend to anyone wishing to study in this country?

Eduniversal, a company focused on measuring the international reputation of business programs, posed this question to 1,000 deans across the globe.

For the fourth year in a row, Bradley made this deans’ list and was presented with the 3 Palmes Award.

“It’s the recognition of our presence in the global scene,” said Robert Scott, interim dean of the Foster College of Business Administration (FCBA). “It’s a recognition from deans from business schools in 153 countries around the world. It’s the kind of thing you can hold up with a great deal of pride.”

Bradley’s business college is ranked 108h in the nation, according to the Eduniversal website. Its investment in international programs has gained the attention of educators around the world.

Scott said the 3 Palmes Award is an impressive distinction.

“People ought to know that global organizations see us with this kind of quality,” Scott said. “You can’t buy their recognition. It’s because out of those thousand, deans thought Bradley was a special place.”

Scott, who has taught on three continents, values the emphasis the FCBA puts on international business in terms of education, faculty involvement and international study abroad programs.

He stressed the growing importance of international relationships, citing the economic crisis in Greece and its effect on the U.S. economy.

“World economies tended to cycle separately 50 years ago,” Scott said. “Now they’re tending to cycle together. So we need our students to be globally aware, to have international experiences.”

With alternating study abroad trips to China and India, professors who are Fulbright scholars and a thriving international business program, Bradley prepares students for the interdependent world Scott described.

Scott said the award is a reflection of what the FCBA offers.

“It’s recognition for the efforts that have gone into international business activities and education, by the college and its faculty,” he said. “It’s a recognition of our quality and that is always useful to us.”