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Franklin University Enters Into New International Partnership with Singidunum University


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (January 30, 2019)

Franklin University and Singidunum University announce their new education partnership, expanding Franklin’s role as a global institution of higher learning.  Through today’s announcement, Franklin University continues its efforts to make an American college degree more accessible to international students, while also providing a global perspective to its domestic curriculum.

Today’s announcement adds to the University’s growing global presence, and makes the Franklin MBA program available to students at Singidunum University beginning in the fall term of 2019.  Classes will be held on Singidunum’s campus in Belgrade, taught in English by a combination of Columbus-based Franklin faculty members traveling to Belgrade and local faculty members from Singidunum University and other institutions. In addition, undergraduate students have the opportunity to complete three years of coursework at Singidunum University, and finish the fourth year through either Franklin University or its branch campus Urbana University.

In a recent visit to Serbia, Dr. David Decker, President of Franklin University and his Senior Vice President of Global Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Godfrey Mendes, met with Singidunum University President, Dr. Milovan Stanisic, and his leadership team to sign cooperation agreements with the institution. 

“The signing of this agreement allows Franklin University, an institution known for its expertise in providing access to career-relevant education, to strengthen its position as an exporter of high-value-added educational services, which benefits the Ohio, national and global economies,” shared Dr. David Decker.

Franklin University announced its first global partnership in 2008 with the Wroclaw School of Banking in Poland. Today, the University participates in agreements with the Saudi Electronic University in Riyadh; the American University of Antigua; American Business School in Paris, France; the Instituto Tecnologico Superior De Misantla  in Misantla, Veracruz, Mexico; the Modern College of Business and Science in Muscat, Oman; the Seoul Women’s College of Nursing in Seoul, South Korea; the TOPICA EdTech Group in Hanoi, Vietnam; the UWI School of Business and Applied Studies Limited (ROYTEC) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; and the Wroclaw School of Banking in Poland; ESI School of Management in Guatemala City, Guatemala and San Salvador, El Salvador; the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia; and TEB Akademia in Poland. For more on Franklin University’s global partnerships, visit:

About Singidunum University
Singidunum University is the first private university accredited under the new Law on Higher Education. There are currently 12,000 students enrolled at Singidunum University. University curriculum follows the principles of the Bologna Declaration and includes the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Programs are designed to meet the needs of the modern business environment, with lectures being held in high-quality modern premises by over 300 eminent professors from the country and abroad. 

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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