College of Business's Center for International Business and Graduate Programs Partner to Bring Global Opportunities to Students

February 14, 2014

Over winter break, Ohio University’s Center for International Business and College of Business Graduate Programs partnered for the inaugural International Study Program, a global business study experience for graduate students.  Participants spent nine days in Managua, Nicaragua where they explored a variety of business and economic sectors, interacted with industry, and immersed themselves in the challenges and opportunities in international commerce and emerging markets.

“This is an experience you will never be able to have on your own,” said Ashton Finical, a Professional MBA student graduating in May.  “The opportunities that you are presented [with] are incredibly unique and being able to share this with others who are like-minded doesn’t happen often.”

Students were hosted at the United States Embassy, witnessed global economics in action during company visits, interacted with local graduate students at OHIO’s partner university, Universidad Americana Managua, and experienced ecotourism’s impact on emerging markets.

“I was honored to help lead the first trip to such a culturally rich destination,” said Dr. Ed Yost, director of executive graduate education and development. “Allowing students the opportunity to witness the challenges faced by organizations in an emerging market, brings a deeper level of cultural sensitivity and understanding to these future business leaders.”

When not interacting with diplomats and industry leaders, students were able to experience the culture and history of Managua.  They visited the National Palace, the old cathedral, National Theater, and the president’s house.  They were also treated to an ecotourism experience where students learned how responsible travel can preserve endangered environments, empower local economies, and provide profitable and sustainable ways to share local culture and alleviate poverty.

“This experience will be challenging and push you out of your comfort zone,” said Finical. “But, you’ll be applying what you’ve learned in the classroom to a culture and country you may never have experienced before.”

“Understanding economic differences and the operational level of business outside of the U.S. further enriches the MBA learning experience,” said Kevin Dearwester, another MBA participant. “It provides a ‘boots on the blacktop’ real life perspective.”

The Center for International Business also sent 19 undergraduate students on a Global Consulting Project to Nicaragua over winter break.  Nicaragua is the thirteenth GCP location available for undergraduate students.

The MBA International Study Program is continuing with a Summer International Study Program to historic Poland and Germany.  For more information,visit  

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