Join the Center for Global Business at Maryland Smith to recognize the global mindset, activities, research, and global footprint of the Smith School as we celebrate International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 18-22, 2019. 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.
The Center for Global Business 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.
During the 2018-19 academic year, the Center for Global Business (CGB) continued to be the driving force behind the internationalization of Maryland Smith. Some highlights of this academic year include the renewal of Center for International Business Education (CIBE), a four-year, $1.2 million Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, 61 global mobility and on-campus programs with nearly 1,300 student participants, $175,000 of scholarship funding awarded to students, and engagement with over 100 companies to provide students with experiential global learning.
Twelve faculty from colleges and universities throughout the United States traveled to Cuba from May 18-26, 2019, with the University of Maryland’s Center for Global Business (CGB) as part of the center’s Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) program. The goal of this FDIB was for participants to develop a better understanding of the Cuban economy within its broader historical, political, and cultural context.
In March 2019, the Smith Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA) hosted its annual Smith in the City in Washington, D.C. for Smith students to learn about career possibilities in their area of study and to gain exposure to the culture of specific companies. The Center for Global Business supported the International Business (IB) major trek, to encourage students to learn international business concepts and career paths. Students visited the United States Department of State, World Bank, and the United Nations.
On March 27, the Center for Global Business (CGB) welcomed newly-appointed Secretary Kelly Schulz of the Maryland Department of Commerce to highlight the priorities of and celebrate the continued partnership with the department. CGB’s executive director, Rebecca Bellinger, hosted the discussion with Schulz and addressed questions about her career path, keys to success in leadership, and international business development for the state of Maryland. The event, also a part of Women’s History Month at Maryland Smith, was the last installment of CGB’s Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS) in International Business for 2019 and was co-sponsored by the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets.
The Center for Global Business (CGB) launched the first annual spring break photo competition open to Smith students, faculty, and staff. In an effort to further promote the value and benefits of a global mindset, CGB created a platform for the Smith community to share their global experiences over spring break.
The Center for Global Business (CGB) launched a new portfolio of business language opportunities in this year as part of a commitment to the goals of the Title VI CIBE grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This grant supports international business and language programs for students and professionals to increase the United States’ capacity for international understanding and economic competitiveness.
Over 120 recently returned study abroad students participated in the Fourth Annual Global Showcase on February 14, 2019. The Center for Global Business (CGB) hosted the poster exhibition in a “gallery-style” walk in the 1400 and 1500 atriums of Van Munching Hall from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This was an opportunity for students to engage the Smith community and showcase their global learning from their winter faculty-led, short-term study abroad programs. The students participated in one of five study abroad programs to the following locations: Australia and New Zealand; France and Morocco; Japan; South Africa; U.K., France and Italy.
On February 11, 2019, the Center for Global Business (CGB) hosted three Smith School alumni to discuss Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace as part of its Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS) in International Business. The conversation was moderated by CGB’s executive director, Rebecca Bellinger, who addressed questions to the alumni on the importance of a global mindset in today’s business environment. DSS is a series of thought leadership events that present the latest trends in international business and provokes conversation among students, policy experts, and business executives.