Ohio State’s business college won a big national award last week from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ohio State wins presidential award for Fisher College of Business

Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business has won a prestigious award from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

OSU was the recipient of the President’s “E” Award for the business college’s efforts to explore and expand global trade and exports in Ohio. The college was one of three universities to receive the award among 32 winners at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week.

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The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports, according to OSU.

Fewer than five universities have received the award in the last five years. The other two 2017 university recipients are University of Colorado Boulder and Western New England University, according to Ohio State.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters.

The award recognized Fisher’s Global Trade Network, a collaboration among state and federal agencies, university partners, economic development groups and small to mid-sized businesses in Ohio that are expanding their global footprint, according to OSU.

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“Fisher strives to address our society’s most compelling needs, build Ohio’s future, and connect the state, its business, our partners and students with valuable opportunities – including those beyond the nation’s borders,” said Anil K. Makhija, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at the college.

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