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World's dearest degree will set students back up to €105,000

A new four-year undergraduate course, which will see students study in the US, Italy and Hong Kong, has raised the bar for the most expensive university degree in the world with a price tag of up to €105,200.

An initial 45 students will begin the globetrotting World Bachelor in Business programme next year, which describes itself as the "new approach to education that global executives have been demanding for years".

Students will first study at the University of Southern California's Marshall Business School in Los Angeles, where they will "explore the emerging relationships between technology and entertainment".

In Hong Kong, they will "meet with financial leaders to discuss the global banking industry" while studying at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, before going on to a year at the Bocconi University in Milan, which will train them in the complexities of doing business in the European Union.

Choice

The students can then select one of the three universities for the final year of their course. When they graduate, they will hold a degree from each university.

The fees for the Los Angeles leg are $43,722 (€33,700), 200,000 Hong Kong dollars (€19,880) for the second year, and €18,000 for the third year at Bocconi. With a final bill, after the fourth year, of between €89,600 and €105,200, the undergraduate degree will eclipse the €84,470 Harvard charges for its two-year MBA course.

"With economic globalisation, there is more demand for talents who have a global vision," said Prof Leonard Cheng Kwok-hon from Hong Kong. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent