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UD Announces Partnership with Leading Canadian University

Gupta College of Business to Offer Cybersecurity Specialty to Odette Graduates

 Date Published: September 23, 2020



A new partnership with the University of Dallas will provide MBA and Master of Management graduates of the Odette School of Business (OSB) at the University of Windsor an opportunity to gain internationally recognized cybersecurity skills and certification entirely online.

UWindsor's OSB is the first Canadian university to partner with the University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, designated a national center of academic excellence in cyber defence education by the National Security Agency (NSA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Students will develop specialized skills in areas of data protection, compliance and legal issues, and operational cybersecurity management, or network security.

“We see this as a tremendous value-added opportunity for our MBA and Master of Management grads,” said OSB Dean Mitch Fields. “Because of our partnership with the University of Dallas, the program offers an exceptional discount, in which our students will have the opportunity to enhance their degree and skill set with U.S. credentials that are both relevant and marketable in today’s world.”

“The partnership is a win-win for both our schools,” said UD Gupta College of Business Dean Brett J. L. Landry, Ph.D. “OSB can offer cutting-edge cybersecurity courses, while we can reach and expand UD’s offerings to the Canadian market through such a well-respected and well-known business school.”

OSB’s MBA Program Director Kent Walker, Ph.D., added a key benefit for Canadian students is that there are few similar programs offered in Canada, none of which can be completed entirely online. "This education gap exists despite the fact that the area of cybersecurity has grown tremendously, with the trend dramatically accelerated because of changes related to COVID,” said Walker. “Our students will have an opportunity to acquire a piece of their education that is very much in demand, but not available to many other Canadians, so we’re really excited about the possibilities this offers.”

Associate Dean of UD’s Gupta College of Business Sri Beldona, Ph.D., noted how the partnership will pave a seamless path for OSB students and alumni to obtain a cybersecurity certificate. “Through a short web application, alumni and current students of OSB gain expedited admission to the cybersecurity program at UD. Upon successful completion of the courses, students not only achieve certification, but also a micro-credential digital badge to share on leading professional networking platforms.”

Learn more about UD's Gupta College of Business Cybersecurity Programs.