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Global Leadership Program holds first elective colloquia for Fall 2013

Dr. Byoungho Jin leads GLP students in a discussion on cross-cultural understanding

The Global Leadership Program (GLP) held its first elective colloquium of the year on October 9, 2013. The workshop was led by Dr. Byoungho Jin, a Putnam and Hayes distinguished professor in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The colloquium explored the link between culture and our value systems as investigated by researcher Geert Hofstede. Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory is one of the first attempts to explore the intersection of culture and psychology. Dr. Jin led GLP students in thoroughly exploring these cultural dimensions by exercising them in reality contexts, using cultural assimilator cases, and sharing personal observations and experiences.

The second elective colloquium, entitled “A Student View of Global Business,” was held on October 24. Mr. Joe Erba, a Lecturer/Professor of Practice in the Management Department in the Bryan School, led students in a lively discussion about the effects of globalization and the skills necessary to be competitive in a global economy, including critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.

Mr. Joe Erba (right) talks with students about how to be successful in the global economy

James Hayes, a senior double majoring in Political Science and French, was one of the students in attendance at the colloquium led by Dr. Jin. The colloquium helped him recontextualize some of the cultural misunderstandings he encountered during his time abroad in both France and China. James has been a member of the GLP since Spring 2012, and so far, the experience has been a very positive one. “I think the GLP is so welcoming, diverse, and beneficial,” he says. “International affairs are becoming, and will continue to become, integrated into our everyday lives, and students of all majors should highly consider joining.”

Save the date! The GLP core colloquia will be offered during the Spring 2014 semester:
  • February 12: “Cross-Cultural Understanding” with Dr. Penelope Pynes, 5:00-7:00pm, McIver 255
  • February 19: “Leadership Within a Global Context” with Dr. Cathy Hamilton, 5:00-7:00pm, McIver 255
  • Feburary 24: "Beyond Borders: Becoming a Global Citizen" with Dr. Stephen Sills, 2:00-4:00pm, Foust 206
Hope to see you there!

Global Leadership Program Overview

Today, the world is more interconnected than it has ever been. As a result, UNCG alumni will work increasingly in international and global contexts in which leadership, citizenship, and cross-cultural understanding will be essential to their success.

The Global Leadership Program (GLP) offers students who are interested in international and global societies and issues an opportunity to hone the range of skills necessary to develop as global leaders. Through their own international experiences, students will prepare themselves to become engaged world citizens with an appreciation of the importance of intercultural understanding. The GLP’s emphasis on intercultural understanding, experiential learning, and skills development will distinguish participants as individuals prepared to assume roles as effective global citizens.

The GLP is open to all domestic and international students from all disciplines who are seeking a degree at UNCG. Program requirements include participation in five GLP colloquia, regular attendance at international/global lectures and events, engagement in a range of international “experiences” both at UNCG and abroad, and completion of an e-Portfolio.

Interested in learning more about the GLP? Please contact Katie Pegram, the GLP coordinator, at glp@uncg.edu for more information about enrolling.

Stateside holds workshop on additional opportunities abroad

Tom Martinek, Jr. (Assistant Director, Study Abroad and Exchange) discusses additional study abroad opportunities with students

UNCG and IPC are dedicated to ensuring students are internationally and globally engaged not only during their time at UNCG but also beyond graduation. Stateside, the UNCG student organization for former study abroad students, is one of the many ways in which UNCG students can continue to be internationally involved. On October 3, 2013, Stateside held a workshop for students interested in pursuing opportunities abroad after their initial study abroad experience. The workshop, entitled “International Opportunities Abroad,” outlined various opportunities for students to work and/or study abroad again after graduation, including jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and graduate degree programs. IPC staff also shared resources about several organizations that offer a wide variety of opportunities ranging from working on organic farms to humanitarian work for the students’ consideration.

Interested in joining Stateside? Please contact Jessica Straehle (Stateside chair) at jlstraeh@uncg.edu for more information.

Last international students to intern at Walt Disney World for the Leadership for a Global World Certificate Program return home

The Leadership for a Global World Certificate Program offered international students a variety of internship opportunities at Walt Disney World

The Fall 2013 semester will see the last of the international students in IPC’s Leadership for a Global World Certificate Program return home from Orlando, Florida, as Walt Disney World rebalances its internship programs. Offered initially with Walt Disney World, the program combines online courses in “Leadership for a Global World,” “Global Leadership Issues,” and “Special Topics” with study opportunities and internships in the US. Since January 2013, thirteen students from China and Japan have interned at Walt Disney World as part of the program, assuming a variety of positions ranging from Front Desk Attendant to playing the part of Winnie the Pooh.

The program has led to further career opportunities for several of its participants. While interning at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, one intern was offered a position assisting with the opening of the forthcoming Shanghai Disney Resort in December 2015. Other interns are also now planning to pursue careers with Disney. Kayo Narita (Japan) is one of those students. “I have found my future career path,” she says, “And I am so excited.”

Special thanks to Angie Kapely (IPC Study Abroad Coordinator) and Catherine Holderness (UNCEP Interim Director) for their involvement in the program.

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