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B-CU Professor One of Forty Selected for Academic Conference in Oxford, England

B-CU School of Business Associate Professor Dr. Aysar Sussan is headed to England next month to participate in the 2010 Oxford Round Table – a prestigious academic symposium held at Lincoln College in the University of Oxford.  This invitation-only event brings together scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to present papers and discuss issues that impact communities and individuals around the world.

Sussan will be one of only 40 participants in the year’s conference.  Conferees are selected and invited to participate based on criteria including area of interest and expertise, previous publications and presentations and nominations by past participants.  

This year's topic, Women at Work: Benefits and Barriers, will address a range of issues related to women in the workforce including workplace discrimination, "glass ceilings," wage inequality, and the effects and limitations of legislative remedies.  Dr. Sussan will present a paper on the challenges facing women expatriates in today's global cultures.  By presenting at the Oxford Round Table, the paper will be eligible for submission to the Forum on Public Policy journal published by the Oxford Round Table.

"The entire B-CU family is very proud that Dr. Sussan has been selected to participate in such a prestigious international conference," commented Dr. Aubrey Long, dean of the B-CU School of Business. "His work demonstrates the caliber of faculty we have at Bethune-Cookman University.  Students at B-CU's School of Business are learning from professors who are experts in their field."

This will be the latest of a number of academic conferences Sussan has recently attended.  Last fall, he presented a paper titled Reindustrialization Strategy in the Global Economy at the Academic and Business Research Institute Conference held in Orlando and made a presentation, Technology, Communication and Competitiveness in Today's Global Economy, at the Academic of International Business symposium held in Jacksonville.  In May 2009, Sussan served as an international conference chair for the Annual International Conference on Global Business in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  He has also authored, or co-authored, three research papers recently published in the Competition Forum journal published by the American Society for Competitiveness.

A native of Baghdad, Iraq, Dr. Sussan received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from Columbia University in New York City and a Doctorate of Business Administration degree in international business from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  At B-CU, he chairs the department of international business.

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