Two Graduate School programs at Friends University will now offer students an opportunity to participate in a short-term, study-abroad experience toward the end of their programs.
“Given today’s global economy, it is imperative that business leaders have an understanding of how foreign companies operate and how we can compete,” said Dr. Evelyn Hume, dean of Friends University’s Graduate School. “We are excited to offer these new opportunities that give students first-hand experience working in a global environment.”
The two programs include the Master of Global Leadership and Management (MGLM) and the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD). At the end of their programs, students will travel to a foreign country for five to seven days as a group and work in a practical business experience at the international level. Students who enroll this fall would undergo their international experience in 2012.
Dr. Valentina Chappell, program director for MGLM and associate professor of business and technology, said the study-abroad experience is the capstone for the MGLM program, which incorporates international business concepts throughout the program’s curriculum.
Dr. Chappell worked with an advisory board made up of decision makers from INTRUST Bank, Koch Industries, Pioneer Balloon, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft Corp., Spirit, the Wichita U.S. Export Center and other prominent Wichita companies to revise a previous program that began more than 23 years ago as a Master of Science in Management degree.
“I am blessed with a wonderful advisory board that understood the need to introduce skills of doing business globally throughout the curriculum,” Dr. Chappell said. “The program has been totally revised to focus on preparing business people who are ready to meet the challenges of a new global economy. Some of our advisory board members will visit the classroom to share their international business expertise with students. It will be a fantastic networking opportunity for students as well as a learning experience.”
Dr. Jim Maddox, program director of the MSOD program and professor of business, notes his students will also gain valuable experience in a foreign setting.
“Our program focuses on preparing business professionals to manage strategic change within their companies,” Dr. Maddox said. “This international experience will allow students to serve in teams as organizational development consultants so they can both work with, and learn from, an international organization.”