Smith MBAs to Celebrate Annual “International Week”
The MBA community at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of
Business is eagerly awaiting the celebration of one of the school’s long held
traditions: International Week, Feb 20-23, 2012.
Smith students come from a variety of backgrounds: approximately 40 percent
of MBAs come from outside of the United States, including China, India, Kenya,
Nigeria, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and Venezuela.
This signature event is hosted by the
Asian MBA Association,
Black MBA Association,
Center for International Business
Education and Research (CIBER),
Hispanic MBA Association,
MBA Association. First-year MBA
student Tonia Wang, who is the master of ceremonies of the four-day event, says
that there will be a multitude of diverse activities for students to attend.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 20, students will celebrate the Chinese Spring
Festival with food and games, including a dumpling race. The winners of the race
will get to have a special lunch with Prof. Shreevardhan Lele, who is an
institution at Smith for teaching the extremely rigorous Data Modeling and
Decision making core course.
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, students will screen a series of short films from a
variety of countries.
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the MBA Association will host a special version of Trivia
Night, a bi-weekly Smith community event. This Trivia Night will focus on the
intersection of business and culture and will give students the chance to learn
about the different ways business customs are practiced around the world.
All of this culminates on Thursday, Feb. 23, with a large community potluck
cooked by the MBAs themselves. Students will be able to sample foods from each
other’s national cuisines and enjoy a series of student performances, including
singing, dancing, a fashion show, and even Thai kick boxing.
“International Night is great,” says second-year MBA student Nick Price,
“because it allows the MBA community to celebrate the huge number of cultures
that comprise the student body. Plus, everyone loves food!”
Stephen Huie, Second-Year Smith MBA Candidate, Smith
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