Dominican Republic students study international commerce at FIU.

Thirty undergraduate business students from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic came to the United States to gain knowledge about international commerce—and Florida International University (FIU).

The attendees participated in the Inbound Study Tour in International Commerce program held on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The non-credit study module, designed by Jerry Haar, associate dean for international programs in FIU’s College of Business Administration, was developed and administered by the Office of Executive & Professional Education (EPE).

“Participants learned about the latest trends in international business,” Haar said. “From the structure of the agenda and quality of the speakers to the site visits and interaction with faculty and executives, the program was a great success.”

The study module was designed to give UNIBE an effective way to promote FIU’s Undergraduate Dual Degree program, patterned after the business school’s successful graduate program, offered through a global network of universities with leading business programs. During the one-week program, students experienced the Modesto A. Maidique campus and academic life.

Students participated actively during the sessions.

“My primary reason for being here was to learn basic concepts about international business,” said UNIBE student Yurilyn Chez. “But I also participated to learn about FIU’s business school and the professors.”

The program will be repeated, plus other modules in the series will be developed. For instance, a module focusing on international marketing will be presented in September 2010.

Students spend an enriching week in Miami, one of the premier business centers for The Americas.

“Classroom learning included roundtable discussions and presentations by professors and guest speakers on international topics such as marketing, finance, banking and supply chain management,” said EPE program manager Rosangel Quintero. “The students particularly liked the up-to-the-minute look at the social media revolution presented by FIU’s Luis Casas, the college’s director of marketing, communications and recruiting.”

Guest speaker Ian McCluskey, founder and principal, Thought Leadership International, presented “Media and Information in the World Economy.”

Tours and presentations at the Port of Miami, at the WTDC Logistics and Distribution Center and at a NAP of the Americas telecommunications center helped participants learn more about the international business environment.

At the conclusion of the program, each participant received a certificate of completion awarded by FIU in partnership with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.


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