North & South American Business Study Abroad Program at USD Celebrates 5th Anniversary

A University of San Diego graduate business study abroad program that combines the business cultures of both North and South America celebrates its fifth anniversary this Friday. A brief ceremony will take place at 5:15 p.m. at the O’Toole’s Pub in USD’s University Center.

Under the program, students in USD’s Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL) and the EGADE Business School in Mexico travel together to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a Global Business Leadership and Strategy Seminar.

The seminar is a “robust and innovative learning experience that combines the business cultures of North and South America, the cultural dynamics of Argentina, Mexico and the United States and the intricacies of crafting and executing global business strategy in Buenos Aires, a city that combines the economic cultures and both Europe and the Americas,” said Dr. Jaime Alonso Gomez, who teaches at both USD’s Ahlers Center for International Business and the EGADE Business School in Monterrey, Mexico, a top-ranked business school in Latin America.

Students who want to work in these fast-growing markets said the seminar was a great learning experience. “This  program was a great way to think about how to start a new business line with operations in the whole American continent,” said EGADE’s MBA student Enrique Castillo, an IBM executive. “Working in Argentina with EGADE students in both English and Spanish made the classroom dynamics, the company visits, the  guest speakers and case assignments an awesome experience,” said Stephanie Barker, an MSGL student and Bobbi Brown cosmetics executive.

“This seminar shows the commitment to both schools to educate future leaders of our global business economy,” said Dr. Denise Dimon, USD’s Associate Vice-Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Ahlers Center for International Business.

A total of 93 MSGL students and 26 EGADE students have participated in the seminar since it began five years ago. USD’s MSGL program seeks to prepare students for positions of leadership and influence in an increasingly interdependent world by emphasizing the principles of ethical leadership, best practices and respect for cultural, political and economic differences.

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