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SU's business school first in the region to earn national recognition

Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics was recently recognized with a national award for its innovative program to help businesses expand exports. The Education for Global Executives (EDGE) program won the coveted U.S. President's "E" award for excellence in export service.

Seattle University is one of only a few universities in the country to receive the prestigious award since it was established by Executive Order of the President in 1961. Seattle University, which aspires to be the premier independent university in the Northwest, is the only university in the region to have received the award. "It is a great honor for the EDGE program of the Albers School of Business and Economics to be recognized nationally by the President of the United States," said Fr. Steven Sundborg, S.J., President of Seattle University. "This is another acknowledgement of the school's outstanding business and entrepreneurship programs, which have received regional and national attention."

"The "E" Award" is the highest honor the federal government gives American companies and organizations that significantly contribute to expansion of export trade in the U.S. Through Albers' EDGE program, business students collaborate with businesses in the region to expand growth and sales in overseas markets. "This award recognizes the excellent work the Albers School of Business and Economics students and faculty have accomplished in the EDGE program," said Joseph M. Phillips, dean of the business school. "They are delivering strong results that make an impact on the competitiveness of U.S. firms. EDGE is a good example of the applied, results-oriented approach we use in our academic programs, which prepare our students to fully participate in a global marketplace."

Since its inception in 2002, the EDGE program has engaged approximately 450 students in more than 120 projects for at least 100 business and organizations. Companies working with SU's program include Costco, Microsoft, PACCAR, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser and The Boeing Company.

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