Executive MBA students from Atlanta and Helsinki are getting acquainted this summer over the Internet in preparation for a face-to-face encounter at Kennesaw State University this fall.

      The joint program of Kennesaw State’s Michael J. Coles College of Business and the Helsinki School of Economics provides an international virtual team-building experience, Kurt Schulzke, chair of the Coles College’s International Business Committee, told GlobalFax in a telephone interview.

      Some 50 Kennesaw students and some 30 Finns are relying on the Lotus Notes software program and its Learning Space for their Internet communication, he added.  They listen to Radio Finland programs and discuss issues of mutual interest.

      Dr. Schulzke said the international committee chose the Helsinki school as the initial partner because its students speak English and the country is undergoing an exciting period as a new member of the European Union.

      The participants are mostly in the 30s, he said, and already have attained executive positions in a variety of industries.  The Finnish students plan to visit Kennesaw State in November. The Kennesaw students will travel to Finland in March 1999.

      For more information about the exchange, Dr. Schulzke may be reached by calling (770) 423-6379 or by e-mail at kschulzk@ksumail.kennesaw.edu