International Education Week 2021

November 15-19, 2021

The Center for Global Business at Maryland Smith will recognize the global mindset, activities, research, and global footprint of the Smith School by celebrating International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 15-19, 2021. The worldwide event is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate international education and exchange. Stay tuned for updates. 


Here are the events and initiatives that took place throughout the week.

PhD Presentation: The Role of Startups in Global Industry Emergence and Growth
November 12 at 9:15 a.m.

Audra Wormald, a PhD candidate of the management and organization department, presented on 'The Role of Startups in Global Industry Emergence and Growth.'

Smith Day: Ask Alumni
November 12

Alumni in select industries spoke about their varying career paths during this networking event for students. By attending this event, students heard examples of the different career options available to them within a chosen industry.

Careers in International Business for Non-Business Students
November 16 at 12:30 p.m.

An interactive session exposing undergraduate students to careers in international business and what they can do NOW to pursue these careers. A collaboration of the Center for Global Business at Maryland Smith, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the University Career Center.

MAPIT Alliance: Identifying and Mitigating International Risk
November 17 at Noon

Entering a foreign market might seem full of unknowns. An expert and experienced exporter shared how to identify the risks you might encounter and how to mitigate them with tools, strategies, and good practices during this 30-minute webinar.

Distinguished Speakers Series: Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace
November 19 from 6-7:15 p.m.

The Center for Global Business held its annual Distinguished Speakers Series in International Business during International Education Week on "Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace." Smith School alumni discussed the importance of a global mindset in today's business environment.

International Zoom Coffee Hour
November 5 to November 12

This and every Thursday of the summer semester, join us for International Zoom Coffee Hour, a weekly opportunity for international students and scholars visiting the University of Maryland to come and meet faculty, staff, and other students of the University. Everyone is invited! Campus community members get together for an hour of casual (and often global) socializing.

U.S. Foreign Policy in 2021 and Beyond: A Post-Election Assessment
November 9

At a time of extraordinary political tumult in the United States, alongside a global pandemic and a major economic crisis, this panel of UMD experts discussed a cross-section of major foreign policy issues in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.

The Role of the Western Savior Complex in International Development
November 10

The IDEV Council, in partnership with SEEC and the ISEP Council, hosted a discussion on "The Role of the Western Savior Complex in International Development."

CISSM Global Forum
November 12

Margarita Konaev is a research fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) interested in military applications of AI and Russian military innovation. Previously, she was a non-resident fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, a post-doctoral fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. Before joining CSET, she worked as a senior principal in the marketing and communications practice at Gartner.

Race Relations in the U.S.: A Perspective Through the Experience of International Students
November 18 at 10 a.m.

Five international students engaged in a thoughtful conversation about their experience entering the US environment, navigating a new dynamic of social constructs around race, nationality, and language.

ECP International Education Week Event
November 19 at 3 p.m.

A conversation with facilitators and participants of ECP about the benefits of cross-cultural engagement.

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Smith Community Highlights

From Students to Startup Consultants

Maryland students go abroad to immerse themselves in, say, the ancient architecture of Greece, the art of Italy or the culture of Japan. But one class this year dived into an intense international experience as business consultants without leaving the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center.

QUEST Students Support African Entrepreneurs

Connecting smallholder farmers with low-income consumers creates a range of challenges for Stawi Foods, maker of instant fortified porridge in Kenya. A team of student consultants at the University of Maryland studied the case in spring 2019 and presented recommendations to company founder Eric Muthomi on May 9, 2019.

Undergrads Help Build Businesses in Africa

Few class projects deliver the kind of global impact that comes from those in David Ashley’s course. Ashley, an executive in residence at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, teaches a course that links undergraduate students with entrepreneurs in Africa and helps them grow their businesses. The projects are part of a first-of-its-kind partnership with a U.S. African Development Foundation program that supports young entrepreneurs in Africa.

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