Thunderbird to Host Algerian Faculty for a Curriculum Development Program

September 10, 2012

Goal is to strengthen business education in Algeria

On September 17, Thunderbird School of Global Management will welcome seven Algerian faculty members from Kasdi Merbah University of Ouargla to campus for a week-long development program. The program is part of the US State Department’s University Linkages Program, supported by the US Embassy in Algeria and co-sponsored by World Learning.

Thunderbird faculty and staff will share with the Algerian faculty ways to expand their teaching tools and develop and evolve their business curriculum.
“Algeria is currently reforming their higher education curriculum,” says program director and Thunderbird professor, Melissa Beran Samuelson. “It’s a great time to work with them to find additional courses and teaching strategies that will enhance the quality of business education in Algeria.”

This is the second year of a three year partnership. Since the program began, Thunderbird professors have delivered webinars and reviewed the business curriculum at Kasdi Merbah University of Ouargla. Samuelson has also visited and worked with administration and faculty in Algeria to implement some of the recommendations.

“These Algerian professors have shown so much enthusiasm and engagement throughout the partnership thus far,” said Samuelson. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with them here at Thunderbird and exhibit best practices in international business education to complement and enhance their business program.”

Media are invited to attend a casual welcome reception.

When: Monday, September 17 at 10:30a.m.
Where: Thunderbird’s campus at 59th Avenue and Greenway Road
in the Herberger Administration Building

Interviews are available upon request.

Media can contact Virginia Mungovan at or (602) 978-7081 for more information.