SSU, Bordeaux in MBA partnership

Influential program, formerly at UC, Davis, puts spotlight on universityROHNERT PARK -- Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute is expanding its reach nationally and internationally, first by making certificate courses available online for far-flung professionals then as one of a three business schools worldwide to be a host site for a traveling wine MBA program.

Sonoma State has forged a partnership with the Bordeaux School of Management to host a cohort of up to a couple dozen students for two weeks of intense coursework and on-site visits to wine operations throughout the North Coast.

The 137-year-old French institution started a wine MBA program in 2001, and it will expand to include the spirits industry next academic year. In addition to classes in Bordeaux, the students travel to partner schools in several countries. For a few years beginning in 2002 and again last year, the U.S. stop for the students has been the University of California at Davis.

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Starting in January 2012, it will be Sonoma State University.

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