March 2017 Editor's Note: This post was originally published in July 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Guest Blogger: Dr. Robert Burrus, Dean of the Cameron School of Business
Have you traveled out of the country yet? According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ “Talent Mobility 2020” report, annual international assignments will increase by 50 percent between now and 2020, having already increased by 25 percent over the last 10 years. There’s no question that having global perspective is essential in today’s business environment. The Cameron School of Business is devoted to making many different channels accessible to its students, faculty and staff, and community. The Cameron School sends more than 150 students abroad each year through different initiatives.
Besides semester-long study abroad endeavors, other short-term trips abroad include applied learning ventures such as the Prague Consulting Project. Each March, Cameron students who are studying finance and marketing travel to the Czech Republic to work as consultants for a local business. This year’s students worked for Hamleys Toy Shop, which recently expanded into the Prague marketplace. These trips have longer lasting effects than one week. By the end of this year’s assignment, Hamleys was so impressed with the work of these students that it offered two internships.
While Cameron School recognizes the value of sending its students overseas, UNCW also works diligently to bring international students to the United States. The university's International MBA degree (a part of the International Business School Alliance) makes it possible for students to earn dual master’s degrees in one year while spending a semester abroad at a partner university. Similarly, approximately 40 students participate in the TABSA (TransAtlantic Business School Alliance) Exchange Program each year. These students spend two years completing intensive study at their home business school and the final two years expanding their knowledge at the Cameron School of Business. UNCW is regularly the host university to students from Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom as a part of the program. Additionally, Cameron hosted the annual IBSA (International Business School Alliance) Conference in June 2016, inviting faculty from four different countries to collaborate on ideas, curriculum and innovation on the UNCW campus.
A newer global initiative includes graduate students from Turkey. During the summer of 2015, MBA students from Yeditepe University in Istanbul took courses in international management and marketing through the Swain Center as part of a partnership between Cameron School of Business and Yeditepe University. Twenty-six Turkish students participated in the three-week program, and in 2016, CSB welcomed 21 more. This program will continue in the summer of 2017, and there are plans to expand this platform to send CSB students to Turkey in the future.
Having an international perspective is crucial to business-focused students as companies continue to expand globally and are looking for talent to bridge the cultural gaps. In fact, the Institute of International Education found through its survey of CEOs that 60 percent of their organizations’ hiring and promotion strategies pursued and rewarded recruits who have acquired international experience through study abroad. For more information on the initiatives mentioned or for other global opportunities at the Cameron School of Business, visit www.csb.uncw.edu/global.