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31st Annual International Festival a Success!
Huda Alad-noor, a degree-seeking graduate student from Iraq, was one of the attendees. “It’s like being on a miniature world tour,” she said. “It’s beautiful, because you get to meet so many different people, and you learn so much from them.”
Overall, Simone’s experience at the festival was a positive one, and he was glad to be a part of the event. “UNCG is such a center of international engagement, and I think it’s important that we have events like I-Fest to recognize and celebrate its diverse community.”
IPC would like thank to everyone who made this year’s I-Fest such a success!
New Global Entrepreneurship Experience Course Gives Students First-Hand Experience in Forming Global Business Partnerships
From March 8-17, 2013, 15 UNCG students travelled to Belgium as part of a new course offered jointly by the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC), HSS 300: Global Entrepreneurship Experience. The purpose of the class is to provide an opportunity for students to have a rich multi-cultural experience, understand and gain an appreciation for another global environment, and go through the development process of starting a global business. Students enrolled in the course are partnered with 18 students at the Louvain School of Management (LSM) of the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Mons, Belgium to develop a unique business concept. The students met and worked together via virtual teleconference before travelling to each other’s countries to meet in person. During spring break, UNCG students travelled to Belgium, and a couple weeks later, the LSM students came to Greensboro. The students hosted each other in their homes during each visit. While in Greensboro, the students finalized and presented their business plans to their fellow classmates.
The course was organized and taught by Bryan Toney, Director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC), and Dr. Frank Janssen, a professor in the Strategy and Organization (STOR) department at LSM. Mr. Toney and Dr. Janssen previously taught a similar course at Appalachian State University. Mr. Joe Erba, a professor in the Management Department in the Bryan School, also accompanied the class on their trip to Belgium with the support of a Kohler grant. Mr. Erba took the trip in order to meet Dr. Janssen and become familiar with LSM, as he will be taking over for Mr. Toney as the course’s coordinator for the Spring 2014 semester.
In addition to collaborating on their projects during their trips, students were also able to visit local businesses and cultural sites. In Belgium, UNCG students visited Alterface, a company that specializes in multi-person interactive gaming technology for theme parks and attended a presentation from AWEX, a regional economic development agency. Students also visited museums and cultural sites in Louvain-la-neuve, Brussels, and Ghent. In Greensboro, LSM students visited Ralph Lauren and the Sales Factory and participated in UNCG Entrepreneur Day. They also visited the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro.
Overall, the program was a tremendous success. “Global Entrepreneurship is one of the most effective classes I have taken during my time at UNCG,” one of the participating students said. “I suggest this class to every student.” The Bryan School plans to continue its support of this program in coming years, positioning it as part of their International Business curriculum.
If you are interested in designing similar courses, contact Dr. Penelope Pynes at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. A special thanks to the Study Abroad and Exchange Programs (SAE) staff, particularly Denise Bellamy (Director of SAE) and Logan Stanfield (Study Abroad Coordinator), for their work to implement the program.
Several of the participating students were able to travel to Belgium with the aid of the new Global Entrepreneurs Travel Fund, a scholarship offered through the NCEC. If you are interested in learning more about this fund, or would like to donate, please contact Bryan Toney at email@example.com. You can also make your gift online at http://www.uncg.edu/dur/giving/ (click the “Give Now” button, select “Other” in the designation field, and type in “NC Entrepreneurship Center”).