SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University has entered a partnership with a German foundation to offer four degree programs to German students, with half of the instruction to be at LTU’s Southfield campus and half at German universities.

The four degrees are:
• Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems
• Doctor of Business Administration
• Master of Business Administration
• Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Instruction will begin in the summer and fall of 2014, except for the Doctor of Business Administration, which will start in 2015.

All of the courses will be taught in English with half being taught on LTU’s campus in Southfield, and half taught in Germany by German instructors who will be adjunct faculty of LTU. The degree program will also be open to American students.

The partnership is made possible by the Würth Foundation, which was created by German industrialist and philanthropist Reinhold Würth.  Würth has made major contributions to the Hamburger-Fern University and Heilbronn University, where the German courses for the LTU degree programs are likely to be taught.

The memorandum of agreement for each of the four degree programs was signed by LTU President Virinder Moudgil and Harald Unkelbach, the managing director of the Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. of Kuenzelsau Gaisbach, Germany, on behalf of the Würth Foundation. Attending the ceremony was Bodo Wilmes, the consultant who is overseeing the partnership for the Würth Foundation.

Moudgil noted that Reinhold Würth is acting as an advocate for higher education just as Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Co., did when he helped with the creation of Lawrence Tech in 1932. When the Lawrence brothers approached Ford with their idea for providing advanced education to people already employed in industry, Ford provided the building on Woodward Avenue in Highland Park that was the university’s home for more than 20 years.

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Payscale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 7 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.


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