Global Initiatives

Smith Freshmen Go Global

Every year, the town of College Park, Md., sees an influx of thousands of new students from every corner of the nation and even the world. You step into a classroom and you may find a student from Minnesota, Japan or Panama. The teachers that mold and inspire the great minds of the future here at UMD come from all parts of the globe: Lebanon, Germany, India, China, Romania, Nigeria, the list goes on and on. The companies and organizations that are studied meticulously in the classroom, from Pepsi to Apple, from KPMG to Samsung, are global entities with a global workforce and global assets. Take a stroll through Van Munching Hall, and you’re guaranteed to hear more than just the English language. So why is the global mindset so important? The answer is much closer to home than you think.

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.


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