Marina Augoustidis, associate director for the Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, writes about international business language program opportunities.
This fall, the Center for Global Business (CGB) partnered with the University of Maryland School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC) to develop and offer an Introduction to Business Japanese course as a continuation of the commitment to the goals of the Center for International Business Education (CIBE), a Title VI grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The CIBE grant supports the center to develop international business and language courses for students and professionals to increase the United States’ capacity for international understanding and global economic competitiveness. Through the CIBE grant, the Center for Global Business has provided funding to develop four business language courses that have enrolled over 115 students since 2018.
The new Introduction to Business Japanese course will emphasize cross-cultural concepts, practices needed for successful interaction within business settings, and include e-mail correspondence, telephone discourse, and business terminology. The course, developed by Lindsay Yotsukura, associate professor and director of the Japanese program at the University of Maryland, will provide Japanese language and business students the opportunity to enroll in a business language course at the 300 level rather than at the 400 level, making the course more accessible to business and other students who are not Japanese language majors. The course will also include guest lectures by Koki Nagata, adjunct faculty in the Smith School's logistics, business and public policy department.
Introduction to Business Japanese is now open for registration on Testudo under JAPN 306. The course will be offered this spring on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Other business language courses are available in either the fall or spring semester and may include French, Arabic, German, Chinese and Spanish. Learn more about these opportunities offered by SLLC.
These programs were funded in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.