Three universities from USA, China and Italy launch a joint business degree


Luiss Rector Andrea Prencipe: «an ideal thread between Rome, Beijing and Washington, an innovative educational model»

The ACE (America, China, Europe) program is a 4-year bachelor’s degree in business jointly offered by Luiss in Rome, Renmin University of China in Beijing, and the George Washington in Washington, D.C.

The new entry into the world panorama of degree courses in “Business” education will unite three different countries and managerial cultures. The innovative program draws from three global capital cities to provide immersive local education that will educate future business leaders.

Within the four year degree, students will spend their first year in their home university to acquire the knowledge building blocks in management and economics. They will then jointly attend courses in Rome (II year), Beijing (III year) and Washington, D.C. (IV year). Students will have the opportunity to deep dive in the social and business cultures of three different continents by experiencing the lifestyles and networking of capital cities.

With this triple degree pathway students can obtain three degrees, one for each university, valid and recognized in America, China and Europe; and aspire to hold positions of responsibility in global companies, international institutions or to specialize in top-ranking universities. Fees are paid to the home university for the entire length of studies.

«The first challenge for the University in 2022 and the years to come, is the need to internationalize and intercept the opportunities of the Higher Education landscape globally. The ACE program, with strategic partners such as Renmin and the George Washington University, places Italy at the center of the routes of international higher education and goes precisely in the direction to respond to the need of training global, “future-ready” managers, able to work and interact in dynamic and multicultural environments», said Luiss Rector Andrea Prencipe, continuing: «For us, having traced an ideal thread between Rome, Beijing and Washington, D.C., in line with our Strategic Plan and an innovative educational model, means to train professionals with a strong cosmopolitan character and to encourage the international mobility of talents».

«Renmin University of China is one of China’s top universities and the first institution that started business education in People’s Republic of China. The university enjoys close industrial ties and abundant alumni resources», said Liu Wei, President of Renmin University of China. «In 2019, Renmin University of China and Luiss University jointly initiated the Social Sciences Universities Network (SSUN), which is the first university network focusing on humanities and social sciences across the globe. ACE is a significant milestone of SSUN in exploring innovative talent training models. What makes the triple-degree program distinctive lies in the integrated strengths of three universities globally renowned in social sciences. Graduates with degrees from the three universities will have a strong competitive edge in the job market. I am very much looking forward to this newly-launched program».

«The George Washington University takes pride in being a truly global university, with community members hailing from all around the world and educational opportunities that provide global experience and perspectives in and out of the classroom. Our collaborations with global institutions play a major role in training our students to be future leaders who will address challenging problems. This innovative educational model will enrich the undergraduate experience, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this unique program», said the provost, Chris Bracey.

Project Partners

Luiss University – Rome

Luiss is a top, international, private university specialized in the field of Social Sciences that provides an innovative and global educational approach and trains its students from all backgrounds to be critical thinkers and skilled professionals who will work for the betterment of society. What distinguishes Luiss is its privileged relationship with the business world. Thanks to its ties with Confindustria, the main association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy, over 200 companies, multinationals, and public and private institutions collaborate with the University, offering its degree candidates and new graduates their first real opportunity to step foot in the business world. Luiss also has a strong international profile and is partnered with over 310 academies and institutions in 64 countries.

Renmin University of China – Beijing

Renmin University of China is a comprehensive research-oriented university focusing on humanities and social sciences. It also offers a range of courses in the natural sciences, information technology and environmental sciences. RUC is an important base for training high-caliber professionals in the social sciences and humanities and houses a number of influential research centers and think tanks. The logo stands for “people’s university,” “the spirit of humanism” and “a focus on the humanities and social sciences.” RUC’s vision is to become a world-class university that equips future leaders, produces cutting-edge research and promotes global academic exchange.

George Washington University – Washington D.C.

George Washington University is a private, federally chartered, research university and the largest institution of higher education in Washington D.C. The mission of George Washington University is to educate individuals in liberal arts, languages, sciences, learned professions, and other courses and subjects of study, and to conduct scholarly research and publish the findings of such research. It fulfills this mission through a vast network of world-class academic opportunities, access, partnerships and policy-research initiatives, putting its knowledge to work for immediate impact.

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