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Governors School builds tomorrows entrepreneurs

Forty outstanding students from all parts of Pennsylvania as well as 10 international students have joined together for the fourth annual Pennsylvania Governor's School for Global Entrepreneurship (PGSGE), hosted by Lehigh University's College of Business and Economics and the College of Education. The five-week course kicked off with an inspirational ceremony at Lehigh University's Zollener Arts Center Sunday June 27th at 2:30 pm.

"Fundamental to democracy is education, and one most of the most important things that we can currently do based upon the global situation is to expose a number of individuals to different kinds of educational processes,” said Sally A. White, professor and dean, College of Education. “Having the international students be part of Governor's School is just another extension of the College of Education's philosophy on how we believe that education can empower and make a difference in the lives of individuals, not only across Pennsylvania, but across the country and the world."

In PGSGE, students pursue one core course in depth each week. Taught by Lehigh University faculty, these courses include the following: Understanding the Marketplace, Industry Infrastructure, Ideas to Design to Market, and Going Global. Students also select elective courses on a rotating basis that include but are not limited to E-commerce, Leadership Style, Virtual Modeling and Prototyping, Networking Around the Globe, Win-Win Negotiating, Starting High Tech Businesses, Business Ethics, Understanding the Stock Market, Entrepreneurship and the Arts, and Creative Problem Solving.

"The purpose of the Governor's School is to expose Pennsylvania high school students and international high school students to the topic of global entrepreneurship, creativity and effective business practices, as well as ignite their spirit of creativity," said Richard M. Durand, Herbert Ehlers Dean of the College of Business and Economics Lehigh University.

Lehigh's PGSGE program is unique among the Governor's Schools because it includes international students who live and work alongside the Pennsylvanian students. For PGSGE 2004, ten international students representing the following countries will participate: Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Israel, China and Korea.

"The entrepreneurial experience is one of the most exciting aspects of PGSGE," said Laurie Gostley-Hackett, Director PGSGE. "Teams of students work with a partner company to solve a real company problem/opportunity. Over the five weeks of the Governor's School, the student team works to research the company, review issues/problems, and then they develop possible recommendations and solutions."

--Kim Plyler

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2004

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