Representatives of Senegal’s largest private business school are in Atlanta this week meeting with local universities interested in establishing student and faculty exchanges.

The International Institute of Management (ISM) was established in Dakar, the capital, in 1992 with 25 students. It currently has 3,000 students from 30 countries and 100 professors.

The university established the first business doctoral program in Africa and also offers an international master’s degree of business and bachelor’s degrees.

The school’s founder, Amadou Diaw, is an entrepreneur who played a key role in organizing the 350 year anniversary of his hometown, Saint Louis, Senegal, in December 2010.

The delegation includes Awa Yade, dean of doctoral programs; Abdarahmane Kane, director of corporate relations and the institute’s alumni network and Mbaye Amar, director of programs.

Delegates said during a meeting at Clayton State University’s School of Business Sept. 17 that the university has established ties to 2,000 corporations around the world including Cisco Systems Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Inc. 

It also has established ties with universities in Asia, Europe and the U.S., but is seeking new relationships.

The meetings are to explore business programs geared to Africa, study of French and the development of programs for non-governmental organizations interested in training personnel for corporate social responsibility projects.

The delegation has meetings scheduled at Clayton State, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.

Their visit was organized by the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Program in conjunction with the Georgia Council for International Visitors. The delegation is to leave for Philadelphia and New York on Wednesday.

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