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UNC partners with Singapore Management University and Copenhagen Business School to offer a new program for undergraduate business students


TREBLE Partners

Pictured left to right: Associate Professor Roger Loh, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programmes at SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business; Associate Professor Shimul Melwani, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School; and Associate Professor Bersant Hobdari, B.Sc. IB Programme Director at Copenhagen Business School. Photo Credit: SMU LKCSB.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Singapore Management University (SMU) and Copenhagen Business School (CBS) are excited to announce a partnership to jointly offer undergraduates a unique 18-month, immersive exchange program spanning three continents.

Named TRicontinental Exchange in Business and Leadership Education (TREBLE), the exchange program will give students exposure to business environments and practices in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In addition to academic pursuits, students will hone their soft skills through immersive experiences in diverse geographic and cultural settings and will be able to grow their global network.

Every year, this trilateral and tricontinental program will offer 15 undergraduates from each institution the opportunity to spend one-and-a-half years (three academic terms) rotating between their three campuses.

The 45 TREBLE students will build camaraderie as a cohort and take a set of specially curated courses at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) and CBS. These courses will be thematically focused on leadership of people, organizations and markets. TREBLE students will also have access to other courses offered by each host university.

Students in the first TREBLE cohort will begin their exchange at UNC Kenan-Flagler in August 2025, followed by SMU in January 2026, and CBS in August 2026. Applications for the first intake are expected to begin in late 2024.

In addition to exemplary conduct and academic review, all applicants will undergo a stringent selection process at their respective home institutions. TREBLE students do not need to pay additional tuition fees to join the program, but they will be responsible for all personal expenses incurred during the program, such as travel, accommodation and living expenses.


Top-ranked business Schools in the U.S., Denmark and Singapore

Each of the three TREBLE institutions brings its own strengths and expertise to the curriculum. The program is designed to encourage exposure to a range of cultures and approaches, delivering an authentic global business experience on three continents.

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Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

Copenhagen Business School is Denmark’s largest educational and research institution within business administration and economics in a wide sense. The university is committed to providing business-related education programs and continuing education for both the public and private sectors. CBS offers a large portfolio of degree programs, which are based on a strong and internationally renowned research base that CBS works consistently to strengthen.

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Singapore Management University (SMU)

A premier university in Asia, Singapore Management University is internationally recognized for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and to produce broad-based, creative, and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. SMU’s education is known for its highly interactive, collaborative, and project-based approach to learning.

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