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The Global Programs at UCR School of Business Give Students a Competitive Advantage Through International Exposure 

Partnering with top universities and visiting emerging markets around the world, students gain global insights and bolster career opportunities.
Global Program team in Mexico City, June 2017

Since its inception in 2010, the UCR School of Business Global Programs have given hundreds of UCR students the opportunity to travel to China, Vietnam, Mexico, India, Turkey, Japan and England to strengthen their global mindset through international exposure and to see first-hand the world’s most dynamic and emerging markets. The program is also designed to give students a competitive advantage as they apply for internships and employment. 

This year’s Global Programs started in December 2016 with a joint trip to Shanghai, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Students were in residence at China’s prestigious East China Normal University and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City International University. With China being the world’s second largest economy and Vietnam becoming the forefront of Southeast Asia’s economic growth, students witnessed the development of these two dynamic markets.

During spring break 2017, students participated in the 8th Annual UCR Oxford Young Entrepreneurial Leadership Program held at Mansfield College, Oxford. The intensive leadership program included a tour through the BMW Mini Cooper manufacturing plant, a visit to a start-up firm in London and customized lectures from University of Oxford faculty focusing on entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation.  Students concluded the program by pitching their own business concept to a panel of experts. Back by popular demand, the Oxford Program will return in August 2017.

In June 2017, the Global Programs launched the inaugural trip to Mexico City where students visited the U.S Embassy, a global auto parts design and manufacturing firm, climbed the pyramids of Teotihuacan, toured the cultural heritage sites of Mexico City and enjoyed customized lectures from our education partner The Jenkins Graduate School of the University of the Americas (UDLAP).

“We designed the program with the overarching aim to add a competitive advantage to our students’ academic and professional portfolio,” says Dr. Sean Jasso, who created and has led the Global Programs for 8 years. “Our students have maximized their Global Programs investment by sharing their experiences in job interviews. For many, their trip overseas was one of the winning factors in landing a job.” 

A recent example comes from an undergraduate marketing major, Julia Vu, who was selected for an internship at Jerich International as one of the 3 finalists out of 200 applicants. “When I interviewed with them, they told me that I stood out from other applicants because of the Oxford Entrepreneurial Global Studies Program I participated in this year,” said Julia Vu. "The program was a life changing opportunity. Not only did I learn real world business strategies and was able to network with honorable professionals, I also had a wonderful time exploring the city with my now life-long friends. I hope that many others are able to engage in this program and take away as much as I have."

Led by senior lecturer Dr. Sean Jasso, this popular program, offered through the UCR School of Business, brings global experience to students from all majors across campus – both graduate and undergraduate – and fosters the UCR School of Business brand through its partnerships with the world’s great universities. 

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