Magazine article Baylor Business Review

Business Profs and Students Gain from Overseas Study

Magazine article Baylor Business Review

Business Profs and Students Gain from Overseas Study

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This past summer, Baylor business professors Kent Gilbreath, Bill Thomas, Mark Dunn, and Les Palich spent part of their summer teaching international business courses for Baylor in Great Britain-the university's largest study abroad program. Since 1980, more than 2,500 Baylor students and faculty have participated in the program, which draws approximately 150 participants each year.

Says economics professor Kent Gilbreath, "As the world moves toward a global economy, America's future business leaders must develop a keen international business perspective. Consequently there's a substantial effort underway in the Hankamer School of Business to increase our students' international awareness and understanding, both across the university as well as within the business school. We feel it's critical for our students to have firsthand international experience."

While in England, professors and students have an opportunity to see the international business concepts they study in the classroom applied in the real world as they visit such organizations as the Bank of England, Lloyd's Insurance Exchange, British Steel, Jaguar Cars, The Financial Times, Cadbury-- Schweppes, and British Petroleum.

Accounting professor Bill Thomas believes that "nothing can compare with studying international business in an overseas environment," while marketing professor Mark Dunn points out that the program provides a wonderful blend of educational and cultural opportunities for Baylor students by enabling them to live in the most wonderful student facility in London-the historic Westminster School, a part of Westminster Abbey. From this vantage point, students can view the Houses of Parliament that dominate the skyline, while Big Ben's famous chimes awaken them and also remind them when class periods are completed."

Typical days involve daily travel-following morning classes, of course! …

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