Santiago Luna, coordinator, Center for Global Business, writes about the BisNet meeting and reception held on May 30, 2019.
The Center for Global Business (CGB) hosted members of BisNet (Business International Studies Network) at a meeting and reception at Maryland Smith’s campus in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. on May 30, 2019. BisNet is a community of U.S. business schools that collaborate on study abroad and international exchange programs, primarily at the undergraduate level. BisNet members meet on a bi-annual basis, once at the national NAFSA (Association of International Educators) conference, and once in the fall. This year’s NAFSA conference, held in Washington, D.C., was a week-long event for international educators to gather and participate in sessions designed to cover various topics in international education.
Greg Rafal, assistant director for global programs at CGB, conducted the BisNet meeting where the focus was on global internship trends and challenges. Melissa Torres, newly appointed President/CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad, also spoke at the meeting. The Forum is a non-profit membership association recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. The BisNet meeting was attended by 25 members, and the reception that followed was attended by over 100 international institutional partners of the BisNet community.
“BisNet is a critical platform for collaboration and best practices in the field of business education abroad,” said Rebecca Bellinger, CGB’s executive director. “This year’s meeting proved a unique opportunity for the center to host, and we were delighted to be able to showcase both our Reagan building campus and the center’s achievements.”