January 20, 2010
In January 2010, undergraduate business honors and government & politics
students from the University of Maryland will take part in a course on Global
Business & Government, as part of the university’s Thai American Business
Program, sponsored by the Embassy of Thailand. The course will be taught by UMD
Professor of Government & Politics, Dr. Lois Vietri, an expert on economic
development in the Mekong region, and will focus on a comparative understanding
of the global economic and political challenges involved in succeeding in a
complex, dynamic and increasingly interdependent global environment.
Students participating in this winter-term course will travel to Ho Chi Minh
City and Can Tho, Vietnam, then to Bangkok and Chonburi , Thailand, over a
two-week period, and will take part in presentations on and exercises in
business development, logistics and supply chain issues, as well as site visits
and briefings from global firms doing business in Thailand. This course follows
a very successful executive seminar on logistics and supply chain, offered in
June 2009 in Bangkok, by Smith School Professor Sandor Boyson for members of the
Thai logistics and supply chain federations.
Students will also have the opportunity to take part in cultural exchange
activities with members of the University of Maryland’s Alumni Association in
Thailand, and with students from Chulalongkorn, Thammasat, Chiang Mai, Burapa,
and Mahidol Universities. A highlight of this study-abroad course will be a
Symposium on Global Business and Education, hosted by Chulalongkorn University,
followed by an alumni/business networking reception hosted by G. “Anand”
Anandalingam, dean of the Smith School of Business, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.