Bringing eighty-two people together from countries all over the world from Canada to Croatia, the 8th annual Global Village kicked off on Sunday, June 27 with an opening ceremony hosted by the College of Business and Economics’ Iacocca Institute.
"The Global Village, a worldwide embassy providing a common ground for visions of entrepreneurship, breaks down social, geopolitical, and economic barriers to shape a freer and more prosperous world by connecting future business and industry leaders," says Richard M. Durand, the Herbert Ehlers Dean of the College of Business and Economics.
Eighty-two people, only six of whom are from the U.S., are participating in the Global Village’s dynamic, challenging, non-traditional learning program.
Lehigh faculty from across disciplines, as well as dozens of guest facilitators from other U.S. and international universities and from domestic and international industry, will provide an abundance of learning opportunities over the six weeks the program is in session.
From multi-company collaboration in the e-commerce world to bringing new products to market, the Global Village’s three different educational "tracks"--business and industry knowledge, leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and global networking--offer something for everyone with an interest in doing business internationally.
Participants range in age from 18 to 43 and represent a mix of undergraduate and graduate students and professionals.
"Part of the program involves splitting participants into teams and having them complete real-world consulting projects for clients," says Dick Brandt, director of the Iacocca Institute. "Managers nowadays have to navigate across a wide range of cultures and ages. That’s real-world global business and it is a huge part of the Global Village experience."
This years’ participants come from the following countries: Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States and Venezuela.--Kim Plyler