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Teaching and Doing Justice Globally
Unformatted Document Text:  Teaching and Doing Justice Globally Global Commitments The year 2009 will mark the 25 th year Eastern University (EU) has delivered graduate degrees for students of the two-thirds world, as a priority. Initially, Eastern College offered an MBA in Global Economic Development for a target market of missionaries and church leaders, as well as Christian NGO and domestic non-profit workers committed to assisting communities in the two-thirds world to overcome poverty and injustice. This program was the first of its kind in that it sought to provide a business degree and its associated skills for those who would serve the poor, focusing on small scale entrepreneurial development, rather than for those who sought employment in major corporations of the US and Europe. While many were skeptical, Eastern’s leaders were committed to this effort because of its consistency with the college’s global vision and mission. The MBA in International Economic Development was viewed as a critical means of arming those who suffer injustice the most, the poor, with the skills to transform their condition. Further, this program provided a means of spreading the gospel by equipping indigenous Christians of the developing world, in a seemingly more culturally sensitive, authentic and effective manner than many missionary models. Since then, Eastern University’s graduate programs targeted to the developing world have expanded. Through its School of Leadership and Development (SLD) in CCGPS, Eastern University began delivering a MBA in Non-governmental Management in partnership with World Vision in 1999. This program offered a contextualized curriculum delivered to allow leaders to apply their graduate studies to their ministry in World Vision. For five years, the program served students from over 55 countries, 40% of whom were women and it was delivered in both English and Spanish. This initial partnership, with the leading NGO in Christian development, attracted additional partners. In 2000, Eastern University established a partnership with Cornerstone 4

Authors: Gramby-Sobukwe, Sharon.
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Teaching and Doing Justice Globally
Global Commitments
The year 2009 will mark the 25
th
year Eastern University (EU) has delivered graduate
degrees for students of the two-thirds world, as a priority. Initially, Eastern College offered an
MBA in Global Economic Development for a target market of missionaries and church leaders,
as well as Christian NGO and domestic non-profit workers committed to assisting communities
in the two-thirds world to overcome poverty and injustice. This program was the first of its kind
in that it sought to provide a business degree and its associated skills for those who would serve
the poor, focusing on small scale entrepreneurial development, rather than for those who sought
employment in major corporations of the US and Europe. While many were skeptical, Eastern’s
leaders were committed to this effort because of its consistency with the college’s global vision
and mission. The MBA in International Economic Development was viewed as a critical means
of arming those who suffer injustice the most, the poor, with the skills to transform their
condition. Further, this program provided a means of spreading the gospel by equipping
indigenous Christians of the developing world, in a seemingly more culturally sensitive,
authentic and effective manner than many missionary models.
Since then, Eastern University’s graduate programs targeted to the developing world have
expanded. Through its School of Leadership and Development (SLD) in CCGPS, Eastern
University began delivering a MBA in Non-governmental Management in partnership with
World Vision in 1999. This program offered a contextualized curriculum delivered to allow
leaders to apply their graduate studies to their ministry in World Vision. For five years, the
program served students from over 55 countries, 40% of whom were women and it was delivered
in both English and Spanish.
This initial partnership, with the leading NGO in Christian development, attracted
additional partners. In 2000, Eastern University established a partnership with Cornerstone
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