Global Initiatives

Poster Specifications

Technical Requirements

  • Computer generated
  • Size: 30” wide x 36” high (portrait only). Make these your dimensions with the Page Setup button on the Design tab.
  • File name: Save your document using the following naming scheme: [Last Name][First Name][Contact information]. For example, [DonnellyC3014050200.pptx]. Contact information will make it possible to be in touch if there are problems printing your poster.
  • SAVE as you go along. In addition to submitting a copy, make sure you have a backup copy should your submission be lost.
  • If your poster is designed with a Mac, do not submit a PowerPoint document. Instead, save the file as a PDF. Verify that the PDF of your file has the proper dimensions; otherwise, it will print as a small image in the center of a 30” x 36” poster.
  • Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and PowerPoint are recommended to complete the presentations. Photoshop is not advised. 

Poster Text Guidelines

  • A poster should be readable from at least three feet away.
  • Use standard fonts (otherwise there is some risk the printer will not generate readable text)
  • Text should be no smaller than 18-point font, preferably 24-point.
  • Headings should be 36-point or larger
  • Designers recommend no more than three font types on one document.
  • A three- or five-column layout is pleasing to the eye.

Poster Images/Pictures Guidelines

  • Do not embed Quicktime data as images. They will be unreadable.
  • Images should have a minimum DPI of 150 at any size
  • Do not destroy any image’s aspect ratio. Make sure “Lock aspect ratio” is selected if you resize.
  • Label any pictures, graphs or tables.

Required components for all posters

  • The Office of Global Initiatives' logo should be in the top, left-hand corner. Download.
  • The CIBER logo should be in the top, right-hand corner. Download.
  • Project title
  • Your name and email address
  • Your Global Program (be accurate), and your academic major
  • Check your spelling. Your credibility diminishes significantly if there are typographic errors on your poster. 
  • View a sample template created in PowerPoint.
  • Student poster presentation examples (topics vary):

Poster Board Presentation

Poster Board Teams: Students will be responsible for creating a poster board with a team of 1-5 students. Teams must be made up of students who studied abroad in the same location. Note: One $500 scholarship will be awarded per poster category, regardless of the number of people who created the poster board.

$2,500 in Scholarship Awards: One (1) $500 Scholarship will be awarded in each of the categories below, in addition to a “Fan Favorite” award, which will be given based off of audience votes for a total of $2,500.

Students may choose the topic of their poster board to be one of the following: (Note: Poster board topics must be pre-approved by OGI. Each poster may focus on one country or be a comparison between 2 countries.)

Poster Categories

1) Social Economics
Students should choose a topic that addresses the relationship between society, economy, institutions and markets, and ethical and moral considerations in a social and historical context of one country OR students should conduct a comparison of two countries.

2) Doing Business in <Country>
Students should focus on the practices, opportunities and challenges faced by businesses and/or industries and the professionals managing and operating them. Students may limit their focus to the business in one country or compare two countries.

3) Enterprise & Innovation
Students should focus on a country's ability to encourage entrepreneurial thinking as a way to create products, processes and/or services, with an emphasis on identifying innovative ways of addressing needs (either economic, social and/or political). Students may limit their focus to business in one country or compare two countries.

4) Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Businesses

Students should explore opportunities and challenges for U.S. companies that conduct business (or hope to conduct business) in a country, including the influence of current economic, political and social situation(s). Students may limit their focus to one country or compare two countries

Deadlines (midnight):

Wednesday, February 10: One person from each team will need to register the poster presentation team members by this date.

Monday, February 15: A first draft of poster submissions due. Submit to with “Global Showcase” in the subject line.

Monday, February 22: Final poster submissions due. Submit to with “Global Showcase” in the subject line.

Monday, February 29: Members of the public are encouraged to RSVP for the event by this date.  The RSVP link will be posted shortly. Student poster presenters will not need to complete the form.

Judging Rubric:

Posters will be assessed based on the following:

1)    Knowledge: How effectively do the presenters know and address the content area?

2)    Professionalism: Does the visual address the topic? Are the presenters able to clearly express their ideas in a professional manner?

3)    Communication: Can the presenters answer follow-up questions about the topic and elaborate upon ideas shared?

Poster Specifications:  For detailed requirements, click here. Registrations are due by Wednesday, February 10. A first draft of poster board will be due by midnight on Monday, February 15. Students will be sent feedback and final submissions will be due by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 22.

Global Showcase

The Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business welcome everyone to the 1st Annual Global Showcase on Thursday, March 3, from 6-8 p.m. in VMH1520 – Frank Auditorium and Atrium.  

This event celebrates global learning by all business students who studied abroad during the 2015 fall semester or during the 2016 winter break. There will be student poster board presentations, a guest speaker, catered hors d'oeuvres and the awarding of $2,500 in Global Scholarships. All are invited – friends, family, faculty, staff and global alumni.

Come to the Global Showcase if you want to:

  • Share your global experience
  • Win a $500 scholarship for presentation of a global poster board (Students – see participation details below)
  • Learn about study abroad opportunities offered by the Smith School
  • Reunite with your travel colleagues
  • Network and speak with students who have travelled all over the globe

Please RSVP:

To attend as a guest (NOT as a student presenter), please visit this site again soon to RSVP for the event.

Please RSVP before midnight on February 29.

To attend as a student presenter, fill out the online form to register your team.

Please RSVP before midnight on February 10. Students may register in groups of 2-5 people.

Click here for poster board presentation details.

International Education Week Kicks Off with Panel Discussion on Global Competence

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business kicked off International Education Week, a joint initiative of the national Departments of State and Education, with a session on Global Competence in Business. The panel discussion featured the expertise of global executives as well as Mohamed Abdel-Kader, deputy assistant secretary of international and foreign language education at the U.S. Department of Education.

International Education Week, Nov. 16-20

The Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is excited to celebrate our global diversity amongst our students, faculty and staff during next week’s International Education Week (IEW). OGI has partnered with several Smith centers and student groups and other departments at UMD to provide a wide array of events every day at Van Munching Hall, Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.

Students Consult with Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps

Drawn from a variety of backgrounds, each MSEC student has the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to understand, educate and develop solutions to social problems in their host countries. Each student begins the nine-credit program with classes in the spring, learning the key skills and context for their travels and work ahead. After that, they’re off to spend two months abroad over the summer on their projects, working closely with each other and the local communities. When they return in the fall, they must complete a follow-up course to reflect and learn from the valuable insights they took away from this unique experience.

Business Forum I – TransAtlantic Cybersecurity Considerations

Learn about the advantages of doing business with Europe and gain an understanding of key issues in cybersecurity that impact EU-US trade. Join us for an informative half day Business Forum with leading experts from industry, academia and government.

 Speakers include:

 Camille E. Sailer, Esq., President, European-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey 

 Andrew Borene, a Council Member of the Truman National Security Project

 Manoj Hathi, CEO of AKS Systems and an EACCNJ Founding Member

 C. Drake Hazen, Senior Consultant, Cyber Consulting Group

December 3, 2015 - 1:45pm


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