A large donation from the Seattle office of the EY accounting firm is helping establish a new international immersion program for students and faculty in Western Washington University’s accounting department.
The firm’s $75,000 gift will be matched by the EY Foundation, giving $150,000 to WWU. EY was formerly known by the brand name Ernst & Young.
The new program, called the EY Global Mindset Immersion Program, will allow WWU accounting students to gain international professional experience. Participants in the four-week program, which is set to start this summer, will spend two weeks on campus in preparation, followed by two weeks abroad.
“This will become an important piece of what we do,” said George Sanders, chair of WWU’s accounting department, in a news release. “EY is one of the largest international accounting services—they have operations all over the world—and they like recruiting our students. We’ve been aware for a long time that Washington state has global presence and we’ve wanted to have a way to give our students exposure to the international business scene. The faculty is excited, and the students are excited. It’s a wonderful opportunity.”
WWU has also established an EY Global Center in the university’s Parks Hall.