Global Initiatives

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

Vietnam and Hong Kong


BMGT438Q: Saigon and Hong Kong:  From Emergent to Developed – A Mix of Markets

Program Dates January 6 – January 17, 2016. First paid hotel night in Ho Chi Minh City is Thursday, January 7. Last paid hotel night in Hong Kong is Saturday, January 16.
Destinations Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Hong Kong
Faculty David Ashley, faculty lead and Pamela Armstrong, faculty program assistant
Program Fee $3,190
Scholarships $500 Smith School Scholarships available for 1st time study abroad experience. Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.
Application Application deadline is October 1, 2015. APPLY NOW AT:
Note: Admission of students with complete applications is on a competitive basis but rolling admission and application review will take place prior to the "last day to apply" date. Admissions notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.

From a recent Wall Street Journal article:
““The next decade will be incredibly interesting… This could be what I call Vietnam’s golden hour,”  says Henry Nguyen one of the best-known business figures in Vietnam…. Foreign direct investment to Vietnam rose nearly fivefold between 2005 and 2013, while inflows to China expanded 1.7 times, according to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. One of the three Samsung smartphone plants here is the company’s largest anywhere in the world….AT Kearney, in a recent report, noted that Internet penetration rates are rising faster in Vietnam than anywhere else in the region. It also has more Internet users—more than 40 million--than anywhere else in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, which has a population of more than 250 million.”
Read article.

This course will focus on the transition from the emerging economy in Vietnam to the well-developed economy of Hong Kong. Students will compare the differences in culture, business approaches and world economic status and will benefit from interfacing with students and faculty from Saigon University and from Hong Kong University.  These interactions will include a campus tour, an exchange of academic/education practices, and a general discussion of cross cultural differences. Key focal points of the company visits will be financial, marketing, operations, materials sourcing, shipping, and quality related issues. Student teams will develop a product concept for development in Asia bound for the U.S. Market. Student teams will present their projects at the beginning of the spring 2016 semester on campus.

For QUEST students, this course fulfills a core QUEST objective – building multidisciplinary teams (business, engineering, and CMNS students) to solve a business issue – in this case – teams that are charged with understanding the global marketplace in the development and delivery of a new product. 


Priority will be given to QUEST upperclassmen students.  Students should have satisfactorily completed BMGT 190 Introduction to Design and Quality prior to start of course.  Other students will only be considered for acceptance as space permits. 

What else do you need to know?

PROGRAM DETAILS: International flights should not be booked until confirmation of course acceptance. Once registered for the course, students are advised, but not required, to purchase refundable airplane tickets to counter any inconvenience caused by a change in unforeseen circumstances. Oftentimes, students have made their travel arrangements through STA Travel, a discount student travel agency.

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE: $3,190 includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared accomodation; flight between Vietnam and Hong Kong is expected to be included; transportation in and around Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong for scheduled activities; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; most group meals; professor and partner fees; pre-departure meetings and excursions; UM Education Abroad services; international health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage. Not included: personal expenses, a few meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.

PAYMENT(S) FOR THE COURSE are collected accordingly:

  1. A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.
  2. Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.
  3. The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad website for other refund and withdrawal rules.

Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.


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